Comment and opinion

David Pickup

A walk-on part for solicitors

12 February 2016By David Pickup

Maybe the profession should club together and help give TV solicitors a voice.


Vara’s court fees defence is a charade

10 February 2016By

Why can’t the minister just admit what we all know? This was a policy pushed through at reckless speed.

Jonathan Goldsmith

What to do now on data protection

9 February 2016By

The question of legal liability still hangs over lawyers as a concrete solution is not yet forthcoming.

Roger Smith

Civil courts reform: learning from abroad

8 February 2016By Roger Smith

Briggs LJ needs to dig out his passport and investigate how overseas pioneers are reforming the civil courts.


SRA: failing the test

8 February 2016

Will aspiring solicitors have to tap expensive commercial loans?

Carolyn cote lussier

Debunking stereotypes of criminals

8 February 2016By Dr Carolyn Côté-Lussier

Challenging public attitudes would help the government fulfil its ambitious plans for penal reform.

Monidipa Fouzder

Housing consultation rethink is needed

5 February 2016By

Stamp duty timetable highlights more than just conveyancing concerns.

Michael Cross

Nicely Nicely Gove sees off noble sneers

3 February 2016By

Lord chancellor gives a little away on the forthcoming draft British bill of rights. 

Jonathan Goldsmith

Tax and professional secrecy

2 February 2016By

Lawyers are safe from having to disclose details of tax schemes. For now.

Joshua Rozenberg

Forcing Russia to pay over Litvinenko

1 February 2016By Joshua Rozenberg

Alexander Litvinenko’s widow may find that winning a judgment against Russia is easier than enforcing one.

Michael gove

Gove the arch-pragmatist

1 February 2016

There is rarely a political dividend in defending the blatantly indefensible.

Debra wilson

Justice in disrepair

1 February 2016By Debra Wilson

An online court has its merits but it cannot remedy inequality of arms.

Rachel rothwell

Fixed fees: what will it mean?

29 January 2016By

Litigators may not welcome Jackson’s sweeping changes but extending fixed fees could improve access to the courts.

Rachel rothwell

A big case for 2016

28 January 2016By

The Supreme Court will address an important issue on the finality of settlements. 


Clin neg: conflict of interests

26 January 2016By

When the government is defendant in medical or military claims, it shouldn’t be involved in reducing them.

Jonathan Goldsmith

Should the LSB chair resign?

26 January 2016By

If the government effectively seizes the wheel of the super-regulator, does that not signal a lack of confidence in its leader?

Jonathan Goldsmith

Upholding lawyers’ values

25 January 2016By

Invoking a hitherto unused rule of law mechanism was a brave step by the European Commission.


Law firms’ growing pains

25 January 2016

Could bonds offer firms longer term financial stability?

Lucy Scott-Moncrieff on white

LGBT: celebrating difference

25 January 2016By Lucy Scott-Moncrieff

Things are improving for LGBT solicitors but the profession must do more.

Michael Cross

War and Peace and 'lawfare'

22 January 2016By

When only one side accepts them, humanitarian conventions are doomed. 

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