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Law Society governance review: next steps

26 October 2016By Robert Bourns

An update from president Robert Bourns on progress so far.


Coming to terms with fixed costs

24 October 2016By Richard Allen

Richard Allen considers what solicitors need to do if the proposed fixed-costs regime materialises.

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Commercial property: partitioning

24 October 2016By Suzanne Gill

The merits of reviewing a licence to alter office premises have been brought into focus by a recent case.


Family law: the courts face a crisis

24 October 2016By Jo Edwards

With the Court of Appeal no longer hearing challenges to local family courts, the court system is at breaking point.

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Corporate social responsibility – community spirit

24 October 2016By Joanna Goodman

The reasons why law firms commit to corporate social responsibility vary, but what the best initiatives share is a focus on results.

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CSR – on to a good thing

24 October 2016

From pro bono to volunteering, the CSR ‘label’ adds impetus to the best initiatives.


Whiplash debate and respecting people’s rights

17 October 2016

Pledges that motor premiums would fall by £50 were blatant spin.


Liz Truss – window of opportunity

10 October 2016

After nearly three months in post, the lord chancellor remains difficult to read.


In-house conflict situation

3 October 2016

The FCA has admitted that the remit of in-house lawyers needs to be reassessed.

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Taking the law for granted

26 September 2016

IBA report is a wakeup call for solicitors.

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Michael Cross

Heathrow runway litigation: brace for impact

27 October 2016By

Further rounds of legal challenges to airport expansion will bring the law into disrepute. 

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Fixed costs: where are we?

26 October 2016By

Budgeting will serve up the figures for fixed costs.

Eduardo Reyes

Legal trouble with ‘aid for trade’

25 October 2016By

Legal and governance problems arise from the international development secretary's latest plan.

Jonathan Goldsmith

Lawyers, Brexit and trade deals

24 October 2016By

Trade deals are going out of fashion. But there is much lawyers can do to create growth opportunities.

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Jeremy Hunt’s unhealthy proposal

24 October 2016By Elizabeth O’Mahony

The health secretary’s rapid redress scheme is another exercise in trashing the value of lawyers.

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How to: set up a law firm

12 September 2016By

Establishing a new firm is a daunting prospect but help is at hand.

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How to: do an MBA

5 September 2016By Grania Langdon-Down

With management skills seen as increasingly important for ambitious lawyers.


How to: become a professional support lawyer

13 June 2016By Marialuisa Taddia

The role of professional support lawyer offers a better work-life balance and opportunities for career progression are multiplying.

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How to: prepare for apprenticeships

7 March 2016By Grania Langdon-Down

With trailblazer apprenticeships on the horizon, what do law firms and in-house teams need to consider?

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How to: progress in-house

29 February 2016By

When lawyers move in-house they must be prepared to take control of their own careers.


How to: sell a law firm

8 February 2016By Katharine Freeland

For those who are willing to spend time and resources preparing their own law firm for sale, there are opportunities out there.

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