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Legal Profession Law (4): Jeremy Hopkins, Practice Manager, 3 Verulam Buildings – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to Jeremy Hopkins, a practice manager at 3 Verulam Buildings, the Chambers of Ali Malek QC – a leading and well known commercial set. Given the recent TV programme Silk (and the arguably better version of Peter Moffat’s writing, North Square – both series featuring extremely cunning clerks at the very centre of the action… I thought it would be interesting to get an inside track on this world from Jeremy…. but first……. I would like to get a view on the real world of practice managers / clerks, the state of the legal profession today and his thoughts on the changes to the legal landscape coming in the wake of the the coming into force of The Legal Services Act this autumn.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 27th April 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

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

From oversubscribed to undermanned: are we facing a shortage of lawyers? – The Guardian

“Since the Law Society’s 2009 warning that the profession was oversubscribed student numbers have fallen, possibly too far.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers claim £645 million family breakdown legal aid bill – Daily Telegraph

“Legal aid lawyers are making £645 million from taxpayers over family breakdowns each year – £28 for every household in England and Wales.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Attorney General: keynote speech to Minority Lawyers’ Conference – Attorney General’s Office

“Opening the 2011 conference at the Law Society in London, the Attorney spoke of the coming challenges and opportunities for lawyers.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 9th April 2011

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

The era of the high-rolling criminal barrister is over – The Guardian

“A handful of criminal barristers still make big money, but the rest may have to diversify if they want to eat.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

European Commission v Italian Republic – WLR Daily

European Commission v Italian Republic (Case C-565/08); [2011] WLR (D) 118

“Mandatory national provisions obliging lawyers to comply with maximum tariffs, in all cases where there was no conditional fee agreement or no special agreement between lawyer and client, were not contrary to articles 43EC and 49EC of the EC Treaty.”

WLR Daily, 29th March 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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

Lawyers in civil cases face bonus cap – The Guardian

“The government will next week announce a clampdown on ‘fat cat’ lawyers in civil cases by capping bonuses and tackling what ministers describe as the perverse position in which lawyers can be awarded a greater proportion of payouts than claimants.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.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

New timetable for the introduction of the Aptitude Test – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board, the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, has issued a new timetable for the introduction of an Aptitude Test for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).”

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 18th March 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Family lawyers face up to challenges ahead – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family law is facing an unprecedented year of change, with practitioners under intense pressure to be innovative if they want to maintain the viability of their practices. Some family law departments are already downsizing, or are being closed, as experienced practitioners move firms or set up their own niche practices. However, others are embracing change and are among their firms’ top teams in terms of fee income and profitability.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

If lawyers’ independence starts being undermined, we are in a danger zone – The Guardian

“Changes concerning the Legal Services Board and Citizens Advice, including the closure of the LSB’s website, have brought the independence issue to the fore again.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Women lawyers believe they are paid less than male peers – Law Society’s Gazette

“Most women lawyers believe their male colleagues earn more than they do, research has suggested.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 10th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legal Profession Lawcast (2): Neil Rose on ABS – Jackson – Funding – Regulation and the state of the profession today – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to Neil Rose of Legal Futures about the changing legal landscape in 2011. Legal Futures is the brainchild of Neil Rose, who has been writing about the Legal Services Act since its genesis in the OFT report of 2001. Neil is a highly experienced legal journalist, having spent 12 years working on the Law Society’s Gazette, latterly as Deputy Editor and including a lengthy spell as Acting Editor in 2007. A qualified solicitor, he went freelance in January 2008.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 7th March 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

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

Queen’s counsel: the merits of giving the best advocates a badge of excellence – The Guardian

“The increase in the proportion of women and ethnic minorities on the new Queen’s counsel list is something the Ministry of Justice should celebrate.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Justice system delays endemic, research shows – Law Society’s Gazette

“Law Society research submitted to the government last week has identified a ‘lack of communication’ pervading the justice system that is causing delays throughout the process.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 24th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

How a lawyer can change their specialist practice area – Law Society’s Gazette

“It is a common observation among middle-aged lawyers that the increasing need to specialise very early in a legal career has changed the face of the profession. Time spent in a more general or rounded practice has been much reduced, leading to a situation where lawyers are making key decisions about their future specialism much earlier.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 24th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Rethinking the legal profession in the 21st century – future models for delivering legal services – justice for users – new structures on old foundations – Speech by Lord Justice Carnwath

Rethinking the legal profession in the 21st century – future models for delivering legal services – justice for users – new structures on old foundations (PDF)

Speech by Lord Justice Carnwath, Senior President of Tribunals

Commonwealth Law Conference, 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

LSB to quiz all lawyers on parents’ education – The Lawyer

“Lawyers will be asked to reveal where their parents attended university under far-reaching proposals by the Legal Services Board (LSB) to monitor social mobility across the profession.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 14th February 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Why lawyers who fall foul of the legal watchdog should be named – The Guardian

“Complaints are the legal profession’s achilles heel. It was the Law Society’s failure to deal properly with complaints against solicitors in the late 1990s that helped trigger the reform process that led to the Legal Services Act 2007 – and a key element of the act is the new, independent Legal Ombudsman (LEO) service.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Of Smoke and Snails – Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls

Of Smoke and Snails (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls

King’s College, London’s Bar Society Annual Dinner, 13 January 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

What to do with your law intern – The Guardian

“Employers are under pressure to up their game when it comes to temporary placements.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prominent legal figures give their predictions for 2011 – Law Society’s Gazette

“No one from whom the Gazette sought a prediction sees the year ahead as dull – 2011, according to lawyers, people who provide services to the legal profession, a government minister, and the profession’s leaders, will be a year in which the economic context will remain extremely challenging. Firms’ finances will come under close scrutiny, serious new competitors will emerge, and lawyers will be moving firms in ever greater numbers. And there is, of course, huge concern about the future provision of legal aid.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 6th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Motion to widen Society membership withdrawn – Law Society’s Gazette

“Law Society Council member Derek French withdrew his motion proposing to allow barristers and legal executives to become members of the Law Society, at the Society’s council last week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Time for legal profession to lay down the law on training – The Guardian

“A forthcoming review of the way lawyers are trained provides an ideal opportunity to overhaul a dysfunctional system.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid lawyers were struggling even before the cuts – The Guardian

“These are dark days for junior legal aid lawyers. Even before the cuts to the legal aid budget were announced last month, they were struggling to get by on salaries that are among the lowest in the public sector (£16,650 for trainee solicitors and £10,000 for trainee barristers, rising to little more than £25,000 after several years in the job). Now they’re bracing themselves for their practices to be decimated as many of their clients lose eligibility for state funding.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Creating a legal training framework that will breed diversity – The Guardian

“As the legal professions – dominated by ex-private school pupils – seek to open up, getting it right is more important than doing it quickly.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Proportion of lawyers educated at public school far outstrips national average – The Lawyer

“The legal profession has become increasingly elitist over the past 20 years, with 15 per cent of lawyers being public school educated while just 2 per cent of the population is.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 15th November 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Control orders are like nothing I have experienced in my career – The Guardian

“It should come as no surprise that Lord Macdonald, the eminent QC and former director of public prosecutions who is reporting on terror laws for the government, is strongly opposed to control orders. Lawyers do not like them. And if, like me, you have represented men trying to challenge their control orders, it is easy to see why: they are like nothing you have experienced in your legal career.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyer fees could come out of client’s damages – Daily Telegraph

“Lawyers fighting civil actions may be handed a cut of their client’s damages for the first time in a bid to cut frivolous claims, the Justice Secretary has signalled.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 27th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina (Prudential plc and another) v Special Commissioner of Income Tax and another (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and others intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Prudential plc and another) v Special Commissioner of Income Tax and another (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and others intervening) [2010] EWCACiv 1094; [2010] WLR (D) 251

“Legal advice privilege applied only to advice given by a member of the legal profession.”

WLR Daily, 13th October 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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

The case for diversity: legal profession’s white, male legacy persists – The Guardian

“This week saw the release of the Equality and Human Rights Commission report entitled How Fair is Britain. Today (13 October), at a high-level conference at Westminster University, original research examining structural inequalities in the legal services sector [pdf] will be unveiled.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court of Appeal confirms limits to legal professional privilege – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Court of Appeal today unanimously confirmed that legal professional privilege (LPP) only applies to qualified lawyers – solicitors and barristers. The decision was welcomed by the Law Society as giving certainty to solicitors and their clients.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 14th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.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.”

Regulating entities homepage

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

Tweet success awaits the savvy lawyer – The Guardian

“The social networking and microblogging service has much to offer the legal practitioner. Time to jump in.”

Full story

The Guardian, 21st September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Armed forces to lose one in four lawyers – The Guardian

“The armed forces are set to lose one quarter of their lawyers, the Guardian has learned, in a series of cuts that will directly impact frontline troops. Sources inside the armed forces say the defence spending and security review will result in a reduction of at least 25% in the number of lawyers in the army and royal air force. Lawyers say the predicted reduction in legal advice, which will affect troops and commanders, could affect the ability of the armed forces to act in compliance with the Geneva Conventions.”

Full story

The Guardian, 16th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The changing relationship between solicitors and barristers – Law Society’s Gazette

“In the debate about how the legal regulators should amend practising rules to allow solicitors and barristers to operate in the new structures modelled in the Legal Services Act 2007, some predicted that the reforms could alter forever the identity of lawyers and lead to fusion – ending the distinction between law firms and chambers. That has not happened, but does slow progress to date rule out greater upheaval in future?”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 16th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Privilege judgment is an unjustified blow to in-house lawyers – The Guardian

“The European court of justice’s ruling will prevent in-house lawyers giving frank advice in antitrust cases.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.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

Advocates to face tougher regulation under new proposals – Law Society’s Gazette

“Solicitor-advocates and barristers could be forced to work for longer in the lower courts before being granted higher court rights, under proposals put forward by the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG).”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 12th August 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

New proposals for the regulation of lawyers – Bar Standards Board

“The Joint Advocacy Group today (10 August) launches its consultation on proposals for a scheme to quality assure advocates in the criminal courts.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 10th August 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Government to target no win, no fee legal deals – The Guardian

“High costs of conditional fee arrangements have become a ‘serious concern’ particularly in NHS clinical negligence cases.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government announces consultation on Jackson’s CFA reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

“No-win no-fee agreements will be the focus of a government consultation on Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals for reforming civil litigation costs, the government announced today.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 26th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors face tough challenge but consumer benefits win case for change – The Guardian

“This is not a good time to be a high-street solicitor. Those who relied on property work before the recession have seen conveyancing dry up. Solicitors performing publicly funded work are concerned about Ken Clarke cutting £500m from the £2.1bn that his Ministry of Justice spends on legal aid.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid lawyers facing fight to survive after tendering shake-up – The Guardian

“This week is crunch time for legal aid lawyers. The results of a big Legal Service Commission (LSC) tendering exercise means that firms could face closure and lawyers end up on the dole.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fury as ‘superb’ training scheme for legal aid lawyers faces axe – The Guardian

“Government plans to scrap a scheme for supporting the training of future legal aid lawyers has provoked a furious response, as critics say the move will hit the prospects of the poorest in society joining the profession.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Top law officers to be stripped of policy making roles, says Dominic Grieve – The Guardian

“The attorney general has delivered a stinging attack on the former government, saying it ‘lured’ law officers into a policy-making role.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Judicial culture still deters gay and lesbian lawyers, say researchers – The Guardian

“The judiciary is failing to reflect the UK’s gay and lesbian community, experts say, as research suggests it is seriously under-represented on the bench.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Web-savvy lawyers stand to gain online – The Guardian

“Many solicitors have websites, but few are really capitalising on the web’s reach to attract, and keep, clients.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar Council Chairman – “We’re on the precipice of change” – The Bar Council

“Nicholas Green QC, the Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents over 15,000 barristers in England and Wales, has told barristers that the profession is ‘on the precipice of change’ in his address to the Bar Council’s Annual Remuneration Conference.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 22nd June 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Council shares experience on easing financial barriers to the professions – The Bar Council

“David Pittaway QC, Chair of the Bar Council’s Training for the Bar Committee and the Neuberger Monitoring and Implementation Group, addressed the Gateways to the Professions Collaborative Forum, chaired by RIBA President Ruth Reed, on the subject of the Bar Loans Scheme, yesterday.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 17th June 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

BSB chair: ‘merge solicitors’ and barristers’ training courses’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“The chair of the bar’s regulator has called for a radical overhaul of legal professional education by merging the solicitors’ and barristers’ courses, to give young people longer to decide which branch of the profession they want to join.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Insurers’ new code may add insult to personal injury lawyers – The Guardian

“Personal injury lawyers and insurers are not the greatest of friends. Lawyers often see insurers as obstructive and just trying to weasel out of paying. Insurers see lawyers as equally obstructive and just trying to squeeze as much money as they can for themselves out of the compensation process.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Deregulating the law profession – The Guardian

“A conference on the future of the bar in England and Wales needs to ensure that those working in law can keep their independence.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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