Comment and opinion

Catherine Baksi

​Exceptional funding – the emperor’s new clothes

2 September 2014By

With funding granted in only 4% of the 1,789 applications, and in only 12 family cases, the government cannot simply insist that the scheme is working.

Sue Nash

Dose of realism needed on hourly rates

1 September 2014By Sue Nash

The arguments about hourly rates must be speedily resolved, with realism applied by both paying and receiving parties.

Joshua Rozenberg

Why Inns of court may become a force to be reckoned with

1 September 2014By Joshua Rozenberg

Solicitors need to keep a close eye on the Inns of Court.

Ian McEwan

Secular sense of justice

1 September 2014By

Acclaimed novelist Ian McEwan speaks to the Gazette about his new book.


The cost of speaking out

1 September 2014By Simon Steeden

Is heated political rhetoric damaging campaigning charities?


Untold stories of lawyers

1 September 2014

The plight of harassed lawyers seems to be growing worse.

Jonathan Goldsmith

Back to the future

29 August 2014

As the geopolitical environment in which they work bears witness to a ghastly regression, our international colleagues are trying to navigate a way forward.

Catherine Baksi

​Smashing the glass ceiling… in heels

28 August 2014By

A photographic project to inspire women lawyers provides lessons for addressing the gender imbalance in firms.

Jonathan Rayner

What price a life shortened by abuse?

27 August 2014By

The ‘overarching inquiry’ into institutional child abuse will trigger memories of trauma. 

Jonathan Goldsmith

Some unpleasant holiday reading

25 August 2014By

Our tranquil days away from the office are given perspective by the plight of lawyers around the world.

Eduardo Reyes

When planning drives local government

22 August 2014By

It would be a mistake to let planning law drive the shape of London’s local democracy.


Who cares it’s August. Get back to work

21 August 2014By

The legal profession seems stuck in a time warp of long August breaks.

Ed Foster

Managing the conveyancer shortfall

20 August 2014By Ed Foster

One legacy of the recession is that there is a shortage of trained conveyancers now times are improving.

Michael Cross

Arbitration should not be a cloak

19 August 2014By

Settling the e-borders fiasco in private has a cost beyond the £224m awarded to a contractor. 

Rachel rothwell

Commercial lawyers: new target for claims

18 August 2014By

Commercial lawyers who failed to give proper advice on funding and ATE are likely to be the next target for claims.

Jonathan Goldsmith

A course in US history

15 August 2014By

Solid rock of US constitution stands in the way of EU-US free trade talks.

Catherine Baksi

​Is depression the last taboo for law firms?

14 August 2014By

Lawyers suffering from depression often don’t want to talk about it. But the profession needs to do more. 

Andrew Caplen

Across the pond

13 August 2014

TTIP talks should address barriers to free movement of lawyers between the EU and US, says Law Society president Andrew Caplen.

David Pickup

Law books for summer

12 August 2014By David Pickup

There is a good array of fiction set in the legal world. But why are the stars always barristers and not solicitors?

Jonathan Goldsmith

If only Lord Hill were Lady Hill

11 August 2014By

The UK’s new European commissioner candidate may face one insuperable problem – he is not a woman.

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