Lawyers need to prepare for “customer service revolution” – Legal Futures

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in competition, law firms, legal profession, news, reports by sally

‘A regulatory agenda that is looking to help consumers shop around for legal advice means that many law firms are running out of time to get to grips with customer service, a report being launched at today’s PI Futures conference has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd September 2016

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Solicitors slam The Archers for creating ‘unrealistic’ expections of British legal system – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2016 in barristers, BBC, domestic violence, legal profession, media, news, solicitors, trials by sally

‘Leading solicitors have complained they are being sidelined by The Archers’ trial plot which has given those accused of crimes unrealistic expectations from barristers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th September 2016

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Back from maternity: Five common challenges and how to overcome them – The Lawyer

Posted July 26th, 2016 in employment, legal profession, maternity leave, news, women by sally

‘The job, the team and the clients may all be the same, but most female lawyers who I talk to on their return to work tell me that it’s the new challenges they face which can make it harder than they anticipated to feel like the balance between work, family and career is right.’

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The Lawyer, 26th July 2016

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Law and Lawyers – Not All Bad? A Life in the Law – Not All Good? – Gresham College

Posted July 25th, 2016 in barristers, legal profession, news, solicitors, speeches by sally

‘Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC continues his Law series in the 2015/16 academic year, entitled ‘Law and Lawyers – not all bad?’.’

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Gresham College, 4th May 2016

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Justice advisory council’s future up in the air after reshuffle – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Uncertainty surrounds the future of the advisory council set up by former lord chancellor Michael Gove to examine ways to eliminate waste and abuses in the criminal justice system.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th July 2016

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Planning for the post-Brexit legal world – The Lawyer

Posted July 25th, 2016 in barristers, EC law, legal profession, news, referendums, solicitors by sally

‘On the morning of June 24th this year everything changed. Despite many predictions to the contrary, the people of Britain voted decisively to leave the European Union, and the political and economic landscape will never be the same again. Whether you voted leave or remain, whether you were aghast or euphoric, the only certainty was uncertainty. What will happen to the United Kingdom’s trade arrangements? What is the status of the City in a post-Brexit world? And after those big questions come a host of other, more knotty issues. What happens to passporting in financial services? What are the implications for employment law? What about data protection and intellectual property? How do you reshape your commercial contracts?’

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The Lawyer, 25th July 2016

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Making lawyers publish “average” prices will energise consumers, says panel – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel said last week that it was “not blind to the challenges of increased price transparency”, but insisted that making lawyers publish “average” prices could be the catalyst for making consumers ask more questions about cost.’

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Legal Futures, 25th July 2016

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Bar mental health – Counsel

Posted July 13th, 2016 in alcoholism, barristers, legal profession, mental health, news, statistics by sally

‘Is the Bar doing enough to help protect barristers’ wellbeing? Grania Langdon-Down investigates the initiatives for change.’

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Counsel, July 2016

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Law Society lays into SRA over handbook rewrite and risk of creating “two-tier” profession – Legal Futures

Posted July 12th, 2016 in law firms, Law Society, legal profession, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Law Society has blasted Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) plans to allow solicitors to practise from unregulated businesses, saying they risk creating a two-tier profession and eroding the standing of the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 12th July 2016

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Bar chairman warns on post-Brexit practising rights – Legal Futures

‘The ramifications of leaving the European Union are likely to be wide-ranging and could restrict the ability of barristers to practise outside England and Wales, the chairman of the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2016

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Costs lawyers highlight “arbitrary” nature of budgeting – Litigation Futures

Posted June 30th, 2016 in budgets, costs, judges, legal profession, news by tracey

‘The extent to which the costs management regime is working very much depends on which judge you are before, according to a survey of members of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).’

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Litigation Futures, 28th June 2016

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Lawyers rush to reassure clients after Brexit shock – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The legal profession is today digesting the UK’s historic decision to vote to leave the European Union.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th June 2016

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Public interest report calls for all legal advice to be commissioned by legal team – Local Government Lawyer

‘Derby City Council should ensure that all legal advice is commissioned through its chief legal officer or her staff, and departments should not commission legal advice direct, auditors Grant Thornton have recommended in a public interest report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st June 2016

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Neuberger urges debate over ethical implications of artificial intelligence – Legal Futures

‘The president of the Supreme Court last week called for a debate on the ethical implications of artificial intelligence (AI) and for “greater prominence” for ethics in legal training.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2016

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Family law at a distance – Speech by Lord Sumption

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Speech by Lord Sumption

At a Glance Conference 2016, Royal College of Surgeons, 8th June 2016

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Sumption: Legal specialisations are “essentially bogus” – Legal Futures

‘Legal specialisations are “essentially bogus”, Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption declared today as he urged practitioners to break out of their core areas and learn from other parts of the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 8th June 2016

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Artificial Intelligence and the Law – BBC Law in Action

Posted June 8th, 2016 in computer programs, judiciary, legal profession, news by sally

‘Artificial Intelligence has made great advances in recent years, with computer scientists developing cars without drivers, planes without pilots and mobile phones which can double up as a personal assistant. The legal profession is proving to be rich territory in the AI field too.’

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BBC Law in Action, June 2016

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Rule committee rejects standalone introduction of fixed fees for costs-only proceedings – Litigation Futures

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in civil procedure rules, costs, fees, insurance, legal profession, news by sally

‘The Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has deflected a call by the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) to introduce fixed costs in costs-only proceedings, saying that the issue should form part of the wider reform agenda.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd June 2016

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Confidential Communication With Lawyers Is A Human Right, Even For Prisoners – RightsInfo

‘Part of being in prison is that your rights and freedom are restricted. But prisoners do retain some rights – this was re-confirmed by the highest UK court 15 years ago today.’

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RightsInfo, 23rd May 2016

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Lawyers given lesson in how to show their soft side as they face robot competition – Daily Telegraph

‘Lawyers have been given a lesson in how to show their emotional side amid rising concerns about robot competition.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2016

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