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  • Letters
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    Chain reaction

    30 October 2017

    ‘Blockchain deal bodes ill for conveyancers’, the Gazette reported on 16 October. At their own risk, parties can always bypass solicitors and, for example, prepare their own transfer deed, so it is surprising the Gazette devotes space to this.

  • Letters
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    Heavy price of 'efficiency'

    30 October 2017

    One of the reasons why the defence solicitor son of your recent correspondent is ‘paid a pittance’ (letters, 16 October) may be the profession’s lemming-like acceptance of so-called ‘franchising’ and the time-limited criminal contracts in the late 1990s.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    The force is against you

    30 October 2017

    I read with sympathy the letter headed ‘Why is my son paid a pittance?’. The answer, however, is very simple: market forces.

  • Letters
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    It all adds up

    30 October 2017

    With regard to VAT on online property searches, surely any solicitor acquiring such a search will spend time on assessing the search, charge for that time and add VAT on that charge. Perhaps I am over simplifying, but does  that not answer all the tribunal judge’s (and HMRC’s) arguments?

  • Jonathan Goldsmith
    Opinion

    Knowing our place

    30 October 2017

    The status of your professional body post-Brexit will take a long time to settle.

  • Opinion

    Courtroom class chasm

    30 October 2017

    Everyday justice is clapped out.

  • George bisnought
    Opinion

    Action for happiness

    30 October 2017

    Too often flexible working policies at law firms are mere window-dressing. That has to change

  • Ryan Mowat
    Opinion

    No place at the table for an honest cheat

    26 October 2017

    Judgment in the £7.8m baccarat winnings case has wide implications for criminal law.

  • John Hyde byline
    Opinion

    Lidington is polished but no different to the rest

    25 October 2017

    This week's legal aid announcement points to a lord chancellor in the same mould as his predecessors.

  • Jonathan Goldsmith
    Opinion

    Shielded from data protection fallout

    23 October 2017

    An equivalent of the EU-US Privacy Shield needs to be shaped before Brexit.