Comment and opinion


SRA needs to gain trust of small firms

27 November 2014By

Warm words are great, but it will take time to win round solicitors.

David Pickup

Tinker, tailor, soldier... solicitor

26 November 2014By David Pickup

Students can benefit from a carefully planned career path. But what advice is given to them about their studies?

Rachel rothwell

Do barristers and mediation mix?

25 November 2014By

Some barristers risk perpetuating adversarial stereotypes. But there is still a place for counsel in the mediation process.


Contempt of court laws are dated

24 November 2014By

It’s time to update contempt of court laws in the digital age – but I can’t sympathise with Rebekah Brooks.

Jonathan Goldsmith

Lawyers: no half-secrets

24 November 2014By

The erosion of professional secrecy ‘for the public good’ bodes ill for lawyers.

Gary Campkin

Transatlantic trade deal: myths versus reality

24 November 2014By Gary Campkin

Even though some reservations about the EU-US free trade deal are misguided, issues they raise are important.

Joss Saunders

Transatlantic trade deal: a tipping point?

24 November 2014By Joss Saunders

The legal profession has an opportunity to ensure the deal supports access to justice.

David Corker

Max Clifford: silence is golden

24 November 2014By David Corker

Should lawyers be alarmed by a new sentencing principle established in the Max Clifford case?

Jonathan Goldsmith

Two European cases of interest

21 November 2014By

Spain was unhappy that all future unitary patents must be submitted only in languages allowed by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Paul rogerson

Number-crunchers nail ‘fat-cat lawyer’ myth

19 November 2014By

What does a ‘typical’ solicitor earn? Less than politicians with an axe to grind would have you believe.

Michael Cross

Wrong time to put justice above politics

19 November 2014By

Two distinguished legal commentators call for a royal commission on the penal system. That’s unlikely to happen.

Patrick Allen

Innovation – taking colleagues with you

18 November 2014By Patrick Allen

How do you keep the lifeblood of our profession engaged when you are constantly asking them to challenge the way they have done things for many years?

Monidipa Fouzder

Fair’s fair at the London Law Fair

17 November 2014By

Next week's event aims to ensure talented students are not thwarted by 'elitist' recruitment practices. 

Joshua Rozenberg

Lawyers, secrets and spies

17 November 2014By Joshua Rozenberg

Safeguards apply when the security services intercept information protected by privilege, but are they adequate?

London City

Gainfully employed

17 November 2014

In-house lawyers are adept at managing structural change.

Jack Hatcher

Entering troubled waters

17 November 2014By Jack Hatcher

A shift in policy on the rescue of persons in distress at sea raises urgent questions of international law.


Hate them if you like, but we need McKenzie friends

14 November 2014By

Clients are facing an advice vacuum – they need any help they can get.

Jonathan Goldsmith

European court problems

14 November 2014By

Now is the time to solve the intractable resourcing issues at the EU General Court.


Dithering over offences against the person

13 November 2014By

A new consultation is seeking views on how to - finally - reform the archaic Offences against the Person Act 1861.

Patrick Allen

Technology innovation – not alien

12 November 2014By Patrick Allen

Lawyers often view advances as a threat to some imagined creative utopia. But they should embrace IT to survive.

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