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Justice Moore-Bick

Dispute resolution: use of tiered clauses

28 July 2014By Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, Sherina Petit, Andrew Sheftel

A recent decision provides support for the validity of so-called escalation clauses.

Regent Street

Commercial property: competition and use

28 July 2014By Suzanne Gill

Commercial property lawyers have been largely untroubled by the 1998 Competition Act, thanks to the statutory instrument which excluded land agreements (such as leases) from the scope of that act. Although the exclusion was revoked in 2010, there have been few cases.

Personal injury claims

Fraud in PI law claims

28 July 2014By Tom Jones

The Law Commission’s retreat on fraud in personal injury is welcome, but raises troubling questions.

IT roundtable

Roundtable: the IT crowd

28 July 2014By Joanna Goodman

Law firms are embracing cutting-edge technology to improve efficiency and provide services that meet client expectations.

Ian Watkins

Ian Watkins appeal

25 July 2014

Court of Appeal judges sitting at Cardiff Crown Court have dismissed an attempt by Ian Watkins, former singer with the Lostprophets, to reduce his 35-year sentence for child sex offences.

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Houses of Parliament

Legal aid at 65

28 July 2014

Only the public can move access to justice up the political agenda.

Kenneth Clarke

HRA: thinking the ‘unthinkable’

21 July 2014

Reshuffle reveals level of scheming against human rights.


Brand at a premium

14 July 2014

With PII, it is in no one’s interest to go shopping as the prices and goods are changed.


Wonga: letters of the law

7 July 2014

The token compensation Wonga must pay is wholly inadequate.


The health of the legal system

30 June 2014

Trials highlight problems of funding and representation.

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Eduardo Reyes

Why guideline rates reform was doomed

28 July 2014By

Lord Dyson shows zero tolerance for far-reaching reform based on poor evidence gathered with insufficient funding.

Jonathan Goldsmith

Breach of privilege

28 July 2014By

The Sarkozy case raises important questions about the issue of technology and lawyer-client confidentiality.

Stephen Whitehead

Court reforms are urgent

28 July 2014By Stephen Whitehead

An innovative drug and alcohol project shows the courts need a bigger role in tackling social problems.

Catherine Baksi

​Call time on the law officers and lord chancellor

25 July 2014By

If the positions have become ceremonial and are not held by senior lawyers, is it time to abolish them?

Melissa Davis

The perfect match?

24 July 2014By Melissa Davis

The legal world could embrace the ‘specific formula’ approach encouraged by a revolutionary dating app.

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