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Mr Justice Ramsey

Civil procedure: conduct and costs

17 November 2014By Masood Ahmed

The significance of alternative dispute resolution and offers to settle under Civil Procedure Rule 44.2.

BBC New Broadcasting House

‘Fake sheikh’ Panorama injunction bid

13 November 2014By Dominic Crossley

Mazher Mahmood’s failed bid to stop the broadcast of a Panorama show revealing his current appearance brings into focus competing articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Nicholas Ridley

Local government monitoring officers

10 November 2014By Nicholas Dobson

The role of the local authority MO is ever more vital.

Alsation dog

Phasing in new legislation

3 November 2014By Anthony Edwards

Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act is the major piece of criminal legislation this year. Here is what the changes mean for solicitors.

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Mr Justice Mostyn

Costs (family)

20 November 2014

In financial proceedings the Family Division imposed a costs penalty on the husband. The judge commented on the scale of the costs incurred by the parties, which he described as ‘totally disproportionate’.

Maryam Rajavi


19 November 2014

Maryam Rajavi, the exiled Iranian politician, appeals against the home secretary’s decision to ban her from entering the UK on the ground that her presence would not be conducive to the public good.

European Court of Human Rights

Human rights

7 November 2014

The ‘Naked Rambler’ issued proceedings concerning his arrests, prosecutions, convictions and sentences of imprisonment, invoking, in particular, articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Alexis Graham

Partner hire: Maclay Murray & Spens

12 November 2014

Alexis Graham joins private client and charities department in Glasgow.

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Crispin Passmore

SRA earmarks ‘level playing field’ between firms and ABSs

22 November 2014By

Regulator unveils proposals to drop the separate business rule.


First council ABS is formally launched

21 November 2014By

Buckinghamshire County Council was the first local authority to be granted a licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

All Regulation and compliance

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.

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Supreme Court

Judgment casts spotlight on ‘sale and rent back’

24 October 2014By

Scheme ‘could not have worked’ if solicitors had ‘complied with their professional obligations’.

All Property

Lord Hunt of Wirral

Sarah bill: peer withdraws whiplash curb amendment

20 November 2014By

Measure in Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill would have abolished damages payments for less-serious claims.

Royal Courts of Justice

Insurer in line of fire over client capture

17 November 2014By

Gavin Edmondson Solicitors is preparing for a court showdown with an insurer that went behind its back to settle claims.

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