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  • David Lidington
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    Lidington offers nothing of interest

    15 August 2017

    Much of the media focus on last week’s MPs’ register of interests was on Theresa May’s shoe shop discount card and Ed Miliband’s £2,500 payment for a presenting stint on BBC Radio 2.

  • Louise minchin
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    Trust and transparency

    7 August 2017

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is keen for law firms to be transparent over the fees they charge. In the spirit of openness, therefore, it seemed only right to ask how much the regulator spent on its Trust and the Market conference held in London in June.

  • Morton landscape
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    Our new moral entrepreneurs

    7 August 2017

    I wonder if the demonstrations over the Charlie Gard case, the opposition to Martin Moore-Bick in the Grenfell Tower inquiry and the general attack on the judiciary over the Brexit hearings are the start of what sociologists call a ‘symbolic’ crusade – complete with ‘moral entrepreneurs’.

  • HMP Peterborough
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    MoJ’s word is its bond

    2 August 2017

    The trouble with the ‘churn-rate’ at the very top of the Ministry of Justice is that ministers aren’t always around to take the credit for brilliant ideas when they prove right.

  • Man shooting own foot i stock copy
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    Can't get the staff these days

    31 July 2017

    MoJ has to argue against applying its own new discount rate.

  • Memory lane
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    Memory lane

    31 July 2017

    Senior judges fear threat to independence

  • Stamp
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    Off with their heads

    25 July 2017

    Newspaper silly season revives a hoary old canard.

  • External view of Land Registry HQ Croydon
    News

    Courts service action plan speaks volumes

    24 July 2017

    Good to see that the courts service is getting the hang of the agile thinking which is so vital in our modern world. In its annual report, HMCTS records that permanent staff numbers are down by 1,800 in five years, as eye-watering cuts hit home. To fill the gaps, the ...

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    Who? Auntie's GC joins star earners

    24 July 2017

    Legal names among BBC top earners.

  • Morton landscape
    News

    Solicitor hangs after forgery

    24 July 2017

    In 1789, Shropshire solicitor Thomas Phipps, his son Thomas Jnr and their clerk, 16-year-old William Thomas, went on trial at Shrewsbury Assizes for the capital offence of forgery.