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#WithoutPrejudice 5: Bin Laden assassination – Ian Tomlinson G20 – The Bribery Act – Access to practice in The City – Charon QC

#WithoutPrejudice 5: Bin Laden assassination – Ian Tomlinson G20 – The Bribery Act – Access to practice in The City

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Charon QC, 6th May 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Lawyers are right to be cautious about going public – The Guardian

“The rewards can be big, but firms seeking to become public companies face significant hurdles.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Eversheds and DLA Piper lose employment tribunal cases – Law Society’s Gazette

“Two national firms have separately lost appeals in the employment tribunal over their redundancy selection procedures.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 14th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Law firms’ drift towards policy making that makes sense – The Guardian

“More legal firms are dabbling in thinktanks and policymaking but they may be overlooking the benefits of more academic study, says Alex Aldridge.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK’s first chain of ‘high street lawyers’ is set to revolutionise legal services – The Guardian

“Shoppers on the high streets of England and Wales may have spotted the tentative signs of a revolution in legal services: the emergence of the first national chain of law firms.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fraudsters jailed for £140,000 injury law scam – Law Society’s Gazette

“Six fraudsters were jailed last week for fronting a fake claims company that defrauded 19 personal injury law firms of almost £140,000.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 31st March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Corporate law firms widen the recruitment net – The Guardian

“News that top firms are to recruit students from less traditional universities has not been welcomed by all.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge considers costs for ACS Law – BBC News

“Controversial law firm ACS Law returned to court on Wednesday as the cases it brought against alleged file-sharers were officially closed.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Embrace electronic working, criminal law solicitors told – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society has called on criminal law firms to embrace electronic working, as the Crown Prosecution Services seeks to become completely digital by April 2012.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 9th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Changing commercial climate puts lawyers’ ethics under microscope – The Guardian

“With non-lawyers set to own law firms and alternative business structures on the way, sceptics fear ethics could be sacrificed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal Services Act: the debate heats up – The Lawyer

“Last month (24 January) The Lawyer highlighted an accelerating trend that may well turn out to be one of the defining developments in this year of full Legal Services Act (LSA) implementation. An increasing number of firms are looking at introducing corporate vehicles into their partnerships.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 7th February 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Care home residents denied legal aid – by typing error – The Independent

“A solicitor who has battled for years on behalf of disabled and elderly residents of care homes has been told she will get no legal aid work in the coming year – because of a typing error.”

Full story

The Independent, 31st January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Net piracy gets its day in court – BBC News

“Illegal file-sharing is under the spotlight as 26 alleged net pirates appear in court but, in a bizarre twist, it is the law firm that brought the cases that appears to be on trial.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law firm ACS: Law stops ‘chasing illegal file-sharers’ – BBC News

“A lawyer has dramatically withdrawn from pursuing alleged illegal file-sharers in the middle of a court case he brought.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law firms’ poor use of Twitter risks ‘damaging their brand’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“Two-thirds of top-50 law firms have a Twitter account, but some may be ‘damaging their brand’ by failing to tweet anything at all, a report has suggested.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lawyer with 20 years experience suing paedophile priests in US comes to UK – The Guardian

“A leading US litigator who has spent more than 20 years suing US-based paedophile priests and the church officials who moved them from parish to parish is joining a new legal practice dedicated to rooting out clerical sexual abuse in the UK.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Southampton lawyer seeks damages from SRA – Law Society’s Gazette

“A Southampton-based solicitor is seeking ‘substantial damages’ from the Solicitors Regulation Authority after it closed his firm in what he claimed to be an ‘outrageous and unwarranted’ action.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 6th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Chancery Lane warns against publication of complaints – Law Society’s Gazette

“Reporting the names of lawyers and law firms who have been the subject of complaints by the public will disproportionately affect sole practitioners and black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers, according to the Law Society.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 5th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Allen & Overy faces lawsuit over employee sacked for erotic blog – Law Society’s Gazette

“A former Allen & Overy solicitor sacked for writing an erotic blog that allegedly used the names of her co-workers and a client is claiming £3.5m compensation from the firm for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 14th December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Firms set to be forced to publish diversity data – Law Society’s Gazette

“Law firms and barristers’ chambers will be forced to publish data about the diversity of their legal staff, under plans unveiled by the Legal Services Board today.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 15th December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Fixed share partners are not employees, EAT rules – The Lawyer

“An attempt to have fixed share partners legally defined as employees has failed at the Employment Appeal Tribunal.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 26th November 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

UK lawyers start to take TV advertising seriously – The Guardian

“Law firms are trying to build brand identity because there is business worth £15bn out there – and possibly more.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid cuts could make pro bono work a social duty for law firms – The Guardian

“Is it a good idea to rely on organisations whose priority is making money to provide legal advice for those who can’t afford it?”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Corporate lawyers – are reports of their demise an exaggeration? – The Guardian

“The merger of two high-profile firms has fuelled growing speculation that all is not well in the corporate legal world. But is it too soon to write them off?”

Full story

The Guardian, 12th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Why big brand legal services are bad news for solicitors – The Guardian

“As the AA and Saga launch online portals, more than half of law firms say they expect to lose work to non-lawyer competitors.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Law firms bring non-executives on board ahead of legal changes – The Guardian

“Headhunters spot new trend in law firms hunting for directors with non-legal backgrounds as pressure over corporate governance increases.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Corporate law firm undone by boom-era excess – The Guardian

“The collapse of the law firm Halliwells has mesmerised the profession – and raised the question: who’s next?”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

ACS:Law gets more of copyright fines than rights holders – The Guardian

“ACS:Law, the controversial London-based solicitors’ firm involved in making copyright claims, keeps about 40% of the payments made by alleged filesharers, while rights holders receive between 20% and 30%, research by the Guardian has revealed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal Ombudsman seeks views on complaints publishing – Law Society’s Gazette

“A discussion paper issued by the Legal Ombudsman today (28 September) is seeking views on whether it should publish the names of firms when it reports details of consumer complaints.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 28th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Law firm could face £500,000 fine over data breach – The Guardian

“The Information Commissioner could levy a fine of up to £500,000 on the London law firm from which the personal details of more than 8,000 Sky broadband customers, 400 Plusnet customers and 5,000 Britons accused of illicit filesharing have leaked in the past few days.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Email leak being investigated at law firm that pursues filesharers – The Guardian

“The UK information commissioner is investigating the leak of thousands of emails containing personal information from the controversial solicitors’ firm ACS:Law after the company’s website came under sustained attack by online activists.”

Full story

The Guardian, 27th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Respond to our consultation: Regulating entities – Bar Standards Board

“Do you think we should regulate businesses as well as individuals? Let us know by responding to our latest consultation.”

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Bar Standards Board, 27th September 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Forty-year bar boom set to end – Law Society’s Gazette

“The number of barristers could be set to fall after 40 years of continuous growth, according to a report published last week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors queue up to sue LSC – Law Society’s Gazette

“Pressure is mounting on the Legal Services Commission over its handling of the tender for civil legal aid contracts, as it faces a growing number of judicial review challenges to the process, and talks with the Law Society broke down.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 16th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Firm claims sex discrimination in legal aid tender – Law Society’s Gazette

“A London firm has claimed sex discrimination in judicial review proceedings challenging the Legal Services Commission’s refusal to award it immigration and community care contracts.”

Full  story

Law Society’s Gazette, 9th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

LSC reverses contract decision following judge’s warning – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Legal Services Commission has averted one legal challenge to its tender process by awarding a social welfare contract to a Birmingham firm which sought a judicial review of the LSC’s initial decision not to make an award.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 9th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ralli pursues group action for harassment against London firm – Law Society’s Gazette

“National firm Ralli is seeking to pursue a group action for harassment against London firm ACS Law in relation to the handling of file-sharing cases.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Libel challenges by actors and sport stars treble in year – Daily Telegraph

“Libel lawsuits brought by stars of showbusiness and sport have trebled in the past year, adding to fears over press freedom.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

High-street law revolution must focus on customer satisfaction – The Guardian

“The fabled high-street network of law firms is in danger. The threats are piling up – legal aid cuts, ‘Tesco Law’, being thrown off mortgage lenders’ panels and difficulties securing indemnity insurance to name just four. Access to justice, we are repeatedly told, is in peril.”

Full story

The Guardian, 31st August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The ‘loophole lawyers’ who help clients beat motoring charges – The Guardian

“As last week’s furore over car clamping shows, few issues boil the nation’s collective blood like infringements on our right to drive, hence the coalition’s pledge to end what it calls Labour’s ‘war on motorists’. This ‘war’ has also seen the rapid growth of a corner of the legal profession which specialises in acting for motorists.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Firms seek to launch High Court challenge to LSC tender process – Law Society’s Gazette

“Some 31 firms across the north-east have joined forces in a bid to launch a High Court challenge to the Legal Services Commission’s recent family tender process, the Gazette has learned.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 19th August 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Law firms report rise in job-related legal advice cases – The Guardian

“Solicitors are experiencing a sharp rise in the number of people seeking legal advice as to whether they have a case for unfair dismissal against their employers, despite the latest official figures last week showing a drop in unemployment.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-miners claim injuries were under-compensated – BBC News

“A group of former miners who suffered industrial injuries are claiming they received inadequate compensation from a government scheme.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal aid cuts put access to justice at risk, say lawyers – The Guardian

“Thousands of the most vulnerable people risk being denied emergency access to free advice from lawyers following major changes to the way legal aid is delivered, family law experts warn today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th august 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitors battle to continue forced marriages work – The Independent

“A firm of solicitors is fighting to continue its work helping victims of forced marriages after being told it no longer qualifies for legal aid funding.”

Full story

The Independent, 13th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Fears over legal aid to vulnerable – The Independent

“A big reduction in the number of firms offering legal aid for vulnerable families risks creating ‘advice deserts’ in parts of the UK, lawyers have warned.”

Full story

The Independent, 7th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Coal miners pursue law firms over ‘undersettled’ compensation – Law Society’s Gazette

“The first known court actions against law firms for alleged undersettlement of sick coal miners’ government compensation claims will begin preliminary hearings in mid-August, the Gazette has learned. A number of defendant firms have already settled out of court.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 29th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills intervening) – WLR Daily

Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills intervening) [2010] EWCA Civ 899; [2010] WLR (D) 206

 “A rule providing for the compulsory retirement at 65 of partners in a firm of solicitors was a proportionate means of achieving legitimate aims relating to recruitment and promotions within the firm.”

WLR Daily, 28th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Private law firms letting down the side on diversity – The Guardian

“The UK’s legal profession continues to drag its feet in ensuring the same opportunities for all regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Britain’s top law firms lose their magic touch in the downturn – Daily Telegraph

Britain’s top law firms are losing their magic touch in the downturn with Linklaters the latest to be hit by the dearth of mergers and acquisitions activity.

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 6th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lawyers warn that court closures could threaten access to justice – Law Society’s Gazette

“Lawyers have warned that government proposals to close nearly a third of the courts in England and Wales could threaten access to justice and increase pressure on legal aid practitioners.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 1st July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

More immigration advice providers could close – The Guardian

“More organisations providing immigration and asylum advice could face closure as only 252 out of over 400 applicants were successful in their bids for contracts from the Legal Service Commission.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar rules delay blamed for low LDP take-up – Law Society’s Gazette

“The delay in the relaxation of rules preventing barristers from entering law firm partnerships has been blamed for the low take-up of the first wave of new legal business structures.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 27th May 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Eversheds to fight employment tribunal bias ruling – Law Society’s Gazette

“National firm Eversheds last week lodged an appeal against an Employment Tribunal ruling that it must pay £123,300 in compensation to a male associate who suffered sexual discrimination during the firm’s 2009 redundancy programme.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 13th May 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Employment Appeal Tribunal issues TUPE judgment on contract wins – Law Society’s Gazette

“The first case to reach the Employment Appeal Tribunal concerning a dispute between two law firms over the employment law implications of winning a client contract from another firm has provided ‘much-needed clarification’ on the issue, experts have said.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 29th April 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk


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