Savile estate cash ‘to go to lawyers, not victims’ – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2014 in charities, compensation, fees, legal profession, news, victims by michael

‘A charity set up by Jimmy Savile has warned a compensation scheme for the sex abuser’s victims could result in millions being paid in lawyers’ fees.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2014

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More women judges will improve law’: Britain’s only female Supreme Court judge calls for more diversity – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2014 in diversity, judiciary, legal profession, news, statistics, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Britain’s only female Supreme Court judge says there needs to be more gender equality shown across Britain’s legal system and that by appointing more female judges the quality of justice could be greatly improved.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2014

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PJ (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in asylum, documents, forgery, law reports, legal profession, Sri Lanka by michael

PJ (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 1011;  [2014] WLR (D)  329

‘When local lawyers obtained relevant documents from a domestic court in relation to an asylum claim and thereafter transmitted them directly to lawyers in the United Kingdom, there was no basis in domestic or European Court of Human Rights jurisprudence for the general approach that there was a rebuttable presumption that documents so obtained were reliable, with the presumption capable of being displaced by evidence or submissions from the Home Secretary. Rather the jurisprudence did no more than indicate that the circumstances of particular cases might exceptionally necessitate an element of investigation by the national authorities in order to provide effective protection against mistreatment, although such a step would frequently not be feasible or it might be unjustified or disproportionate.’

WLR Daily, 18th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Torresi v Consiglio dell’Ordine degli Avvocati di Macerata; Same v Same – WLR Daily

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in EC law, freedom of movement, law reports, legal profession by michael

Torresi v Consiglio dell’Ordine degli Avvocati di Macerata; Same v Same (Joined Cases C-58/13 and C-59/13 ECLI:EU:C:2014:2088;  [2014] WLR (D)  323

‘Article 3 of Parliament and Council Directive 98/5/EC to facilitate practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a member state other than that in which the qualification was obtained (OJ 1998 L77, p 36) meant that no abuse could be identified in the fact that a national of a member state who, after successfully obtaining a university degree, had travelled to another member state in order to acquire the professional qualification of lawyer and then returned to the member state of which he was a national in order to practise the profession of lawyer under the professional title obtained in the member state where that professional qualification was acquired.’

WLR Daily, 17th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Project pits women’s success stories against “negative narrative of diversity debate” – Legal Futures

Posted June 30th, 2014 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal profession, news, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

‘A five-year project to celebrate the achievements of women lawyers has been launched, culminating at the centenary of the Act of Parliament which abolished the bar on their entry into the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 27th June 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Neuberger backs single regulator but criticises LSB for adding “cost and confusion” – Legal Futures

Posted June 25th, 2014 in consumer protection, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘The president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, has backed calls for single legal regulator, while accusing the Legal Services Board (LSB) of adding to cost and confusion.’

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Legal Futures, 25th June 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Lord Chief Justice calls for single regulator – Legal Futures

Posted June 20th, 2014 in consumer protection, legal aid, legal profession, legal services, news by tracey

‘In a major speech on the future of law, the Lord Chief Justice said last night that “there has to be a single regulator” for the legal professions. Lord Thomas said he could not see any “practical” alternative, and he would be “very disappointed” if there was not a much simpler and cheaper system of regulation in 10 years’ time.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Laws on legal professional privilege “need to catch up with digital age” – Legal Futures

Posted June 3rd, 2014 in electronic mail, internet, legal profession, news, privilege, reports by sally

‘National laws on protecting privileged legal communications are outdated and need to be brought into the digital age, according to the body representing Europe’s lawyers.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd June 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Bar Council to consider Jeffrey report into criminal advocacy – The Bar Council

Posted May 8th, 2014 in barristers, criminal justice, legal profession, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will review and consider carefully the findings and recommendations made by Sir Bill Jeffrey in his report, “Independent Criminal Advocacy in England and Wales” published today by the Ministry of Justice.’

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The Bar Council, 7th May 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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‘Disquiet’ among judges over lawyer quality, report finds – BBC News

Posted May 8th, 2014 in criminal justice, judiciary, legal profession, reports by tracey

‘There is “disquiet” among judges about the quality of lawyers in England and Wales’s crown courts, a report says. Former civil servant Sir Bill Jeffrey’s report raises concerns about training and the “talent pipeline” for future QCs and judges, and says keeping current arrangements is not “viable”. It also says defence lawyers should get special training before working on rape and other sexual offence cases.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Legal professional privilege does not automatically engage an EIR exception – Panopticon

‘FOIA provides an exemption (s. 42) expressly for legal professional privilege; as is well known, there is ‘strong inherent weight’ in maintaining that exemption. What about the EIRs? LPP is not expressly mentioned, but regulation 12(5)(b) EIR applies to information the disclosure of which would adversely affect “the course of justice, the ability of a person to receive a fair trial or the ability of a public authority to conduct an inquiry of a criminal or disciplinary nature”. Does information attracting LPP automatically come within that exception? Many practitioners operate on the assumption that the answer is ‘yes’. The Upper Tribunal has on a previous occasion, however, left that question open: DCLG v IC and Robinson [2012] UKUT 103 (AAC); [2012] 2 Info LR 43.’

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Panopticon, 6th May 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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MoJ rules out further reform of legal services regulation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in consultations, legal profession, legal services, news by tracey

‘The government has ruled out immediate further changes to the framework for legal services regulation following the wide-ranging review launched by the Ministry of Justice last June.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st May 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Evolution or revolution – are we ready for a single legal services regulator? – Legal Services Board

Posted May 1st, 2014 in legal profession, legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

Evolution or revolution – are we ready for a single legal services regulator? (PDF)

David Edmonds, Chairman, Legal Services Board

Modern Law Magazine Conference, 29th April 2014

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Documents remained privileged when they were sent on to third party’s work email address, High Court rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘Highly confidential documents that were subject to legal professional privilege (LPP) did not lose this status when they were emailed by a party to his girlfriend, who then forwarded them to and accessed them through her work email account, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th April 2014

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Merging chambers – challenges and opportunities – The Future of Law

Posted April 22nd, 2014 in barristers, legal profession, mergers, news by sally

‘Kate Beaumont interviews Frank Feehan QC, head of chambers at 42 Bedford Row, on the forthcoming merger between 42 Bedford Row and a substantial number of 13 King’s Bench Walk.’

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The Future of Law, 16th April 2014

Source: www.futureoflaw.lexisnexis.co.uk

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‘Culture change’ needed to embrace fee-charging McKenzie friends – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Fee-charging McKenzie friends increase access to justice and make up a “legitimate feature of the modern legal market”, according to a report published today by watchdog the Legal Services Consumer Panel. The president of the Law Society described the panel’s findings as “worrying”.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th April 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Young women lawyers – stop feeling so entitled and get on with it, says top female judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 4th, 2014 in judges, legal profession, news, women by sally

‘Dame Anne Rafferty, an Appeal Court judge, has said that girls today have a sense of entitlement that stops them from getting on with their jobs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Judge cites Karl Marx in rejecting law firm’s bid to exit professional indemnity scheme – Legal Futures

Posted March 25th, 2014 in insurance, law firms, legal profession, news by sally

‘One of the world’s leading offshore law firms has been knocked back by a judge quoting Karl Marx, after seeking a waiver from the Isle of Man Law Society’s indemnity insurance requirements.’

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Legal Futures, 25th March 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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New guidance will help barristers carry out their duties to clients, says regulator – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 6th, 2014 in barristers, complaints, legal profession, press releases, solicitors by tracey

‘New guidance for solicitors on how they should assist barristers in telling clients of their right to complain will help members of the Bar carry out their duty, says the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th March 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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How To: combine two careers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 4th, 2014 in legal profession, news, solicitors by sally

‘Is it possible to pursue a second vocation alongside the law?’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd March 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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