Principles for lawyers dealing with offshore structures published – Legal Futures

‘International standards for lawyers advising on offshore commercial structures have been put forward at the same time as parliamentarians called for stronger laws on foreign ownership of UK property.’

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Legal Futures, 20th May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Us Too? Bullying and Harassment in the Legal Profession – International Bar Association

‘The legal profession has a problem. In 2018, the International Bar Association (IBA) and market research company Acritas conducted the largest-ever global survey on bullying and sexual harassment in the profession. Nearly 7,000 individuals from 135 countries responded to the survey, from across the spectrum of legal workplaces: law firms, in-house, barristers’ chambers, government and the judiciary. The results provide empirical confirmation that bullying and sexual harassment are rife in the legal profession.’

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International Bar Association, 15th May 2019

Source: www.ibanet.org/Default.aspx

‘I was sworn at and told I was useless’: law’s problem with bullying at work – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2019 in barristers, bullying, law firms, legal profession, news, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘A recent survey has revealed experiences of aggressive behaviour and incivility from bosses and colleagues.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Bullying and sexual harassment rife among lawyers, global survey finds – The Guardian

‘Bullying and sexual harassment are rife in the legal profession, according to a global survey that identifies Britain as somewhere such behaviour is prevalent.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Challenge to delegation of costs lawyer’s work fails – Litigation Futures

Posted May 13th, 2019 in costs, drafting, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘A challenge to a costs lawyer’s delegation of work to unqualified colleagues has failed, with a judge saying that to rule otherwise would make their work for members of the public “impossible”.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th May 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: English Law on the World Stage – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 9th, 2019 in judges, judiciary, jurisdiction, legal profession, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: English Law on the World Stage.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 8th May 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court: cryptoassets as property – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 3rd, 2019 in computer programs, contracts, judges, judiciary, legal profession, speeches by tracey

‘Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court, gave a speech to the Joint Northern Chancery Bar Association and University of Liverpool Lecture, entitled: “Cryptoassets as property: how can English law boost the confidence of would-be parties to smart legal contracts?” ‘

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 3rd May 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Three convicted for providing unregulated legal advice – Legal Futures

‘Owners of a business that falsely claimed it could supervise immigration law firms and made millions of pounds as a result, along with a director of one of those franchises, have been convicted at the Old Bailey.’

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Legal Futures, 26th April 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Lawyers are second most stressed professionals, research claims – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 9th, 2019 in legal profession, mental health, news by sally

‘Lawyers are the second most stressed professionals in the country, a survey of 1,000 British workers has found.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th April 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lawyer who warned trainees never to wear brown shoes with blue suits under fire – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 9th, 2019 in diversity, law firms, legal profession, news by sally

‘The ‘no brown in town’ adage has been the subject of scorn, sneers and scandal in City pubs for more than 100 years. Yet despite an increasing awareness of social mobility and social taboos, one top city law firm appears to have shunned such progress.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th April 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Can I work from home as a lawyer? – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2019 in employment, flexible working, legal profession, mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘Agile working is on the rise in the legal profession, with employees free to work where, when and how they choose.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Susskind: Lawyers wrong to think technology cannot replace them – Legal Futures

Posted March 20th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘Lawyers are wrong to think that there are tasks beyond technology that only they can carry out, Professor Richard Susskind has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 20th March 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

‘A frat-like mentality’: is the legal workplace improving for women? – The Guardian

‘Amid outcries over casual sexism and sexual harassment in the legal profession, junior lawyers share their experiences.’

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The Guardian, 14th March 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Towards clarity on reporting obligations – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Last month the Solicitors Regulation Authority published its response to its ‘Reporting Concerns’ consultation, launched last year. You could be forgiven for missing the fanfare but this was big news in the world of law firm and lawyer regulation.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th March 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Winstone v MGN- 39 Essex Chambers

‘In this article Richard Spearman QC discusses the issues raised in Winstone and Others v MGN Ltd [2019] EWHC (Ch) 265 in which he represented the defendant. The application arose in the Mirror Newspapers Hacking Litigation, and concerned the extent to which materials subject to legal professional privilege remained susceptible to protection after they had been pleaded by claimants.’

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39 Essex Chambers, 28th February 2019

Source: www.39essex.com

Ep 72: Fleet Street Law Legend – Frances Gibb – Law Pod UK

Posted March 12th, 2019 in legal profession, media, news, podcasts by sally

‘Frances Gibb has retired after nearly forty years as legal journalist and editor, covering everything from Lord Irvine’s pricey wallpaper to the release of the Guildford Four. She talks to Rosalind English about the challenges of reporting on a profession highly sensitive to slips and slights.’

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Law Pod UK, 11th March 2019

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Hallett tells senior lawyers to step up on discrimination – Legal Futures

‘Top women judges have called on senior lawyers to take responsibility for ensuring there is no discrimination in their organisations rather than leaving it to diversity specialists.’

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Legal Futures, 11th March 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court rejects evidence from law firm ‘whistleblower’ – Legal Futures

‘The president of the family division has rejected a wife’s application to admit the statement of a “whistleblower” inside her former husband’s legal team who sent the court privileged information.’

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Legal Futures, 5th March 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Keen: “Room to review” legal regulation regime – Legal Futures

Posted February 28th, 2019 in legal profession, legal services, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by tracey

‘There is “room for review” of the legal regulation regime, made more urgent by the developments in technology, Lord Keen, the Ministry of Justice’s spokesman in the House of Lords, said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 28th February 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Burnett calls for action on social diversity at top of profession – Legal Futures

‘Addressing the “lack of social diversity at the top of the legal profession” is an important part of improving judicial diversity, the Lord Chief Justice declared yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 19th February 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk