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Sterling notes and coins

Costs and preparing budgets

5 October 2015By Masood Ahmed

A recent case provides clarification on issues parties may face when seeking approval of costs budgets.

Asim Qureshi

Judicial review of decision on Cage funding

1 October 2015By Jade Campbell

Did the Charity Commission overstep its powers when pressuring two charities to make a funding promise?

Family court/Court of Protection

Changes to the family court

28 September 2015By Andrew Newbury

Practical overview of changes in the operation of the family court.

Jim McDonnell

Copying regulations quashed

28 September 2015By Jim McDonnell

How copyright is affected by format-shifting and storage of files in the cloud.

All legal updates

Mr Justice Green

Data protection

2 September 2015

The Queen’s Bench Division dismissed an application by two Burmese men accused of murdering British citizens in Thailand to view a report compiled by a British police team relating to the Thai investigation.

All law reports

Barrister fined for running unlicensed taxi firm

7 October 2015By

Ahtiq Raja fined £600 for conduct likely to ‘diminish trust’ in the profession.

Sir Andrew Burns

‘Outmoded’ bar must modernise, says new BSB chair

6 October 2015By

Sir Andrew Burns urges barristers to respond with ‘robustness and creativity’ to the many challenges it faces.

All Regulation and compliance


Conservatives: Gove silent on human rights

6 October 2015By

Lord chancellor’s party conference speech made no mention of a bill of rights – but watch this space. 

Law Society diversity objectives

5 October 2015By Jonathan Smithers

For the first stage of the Society programme we decided to prioritise our efforts.

Court out on CPD

5 October 2015By Bert Gibson

Continuing professional development training has been a farce for many years. That will not change.

All opinion

UK houses on street

Further ‘Wales-only’ law affects landlords

7 September 2015

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 places an obligation on all private landlords who have a rental property in Wales to register.

All Property


Costs denied over lack of CFA retainer

7 October 2015By

Firm that took on Barnetts’ personal injury book was not successfully assigned CFA.

Department of Health

Negligence costs cap would hurt most vulnerable, say solicitors

5 October 2015By Gazette newsdesk

Claims of up to £250,000 could be subject to a fee cap under plans being considered by the Department of Heath.

All Personal injury