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    Letters roundup - 1 June 2020

    1 June 2020

    Peer’s jaundiced views and duty solicitor protocol: your letters to the editor. 

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    Ethical hunting

    18 May 2020

    There appears to be concern or confusion across the industry about how probate researchers, or heir hunters, can safely operate under lockdown – and not least the impact on solicitors.

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    Nothing changes if nothing changes

    18 May 2020

    In 2018, figures from Chambers Student confirmed that City firms were lagging behind the market in addressing diversity within their workforce.

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    Lost art of collaboration

    4 May 2020

    Many residential conveyancers are finding operating in lockdown a difficult and sometimes painful experience. We are coming to terms with transacting business using a model that is cumbersome, outdated and ill-suited to the current limitations imposed on us. Everything seems to take twice if not three times as long ...

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    Beware of fraudsters homing in

    4 May 2020

    John Hyde reports that the SRA has warned that ‘cybercriminals are eyeing up lawyers working from home as potentially easy targets for online fraud’.

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    A person covenanting with himself

    4 May 2020

    I recently received an inheritance from my cousin, who died intestate domiciled in England. Four other cousins of the deceased shared the estate, so that each beneficiary received a one-fifth interest.

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    What is not communicated matters

    27 April 2020

    I was interested to read Catherine Baksi’s feature ‘ Home-made justice ’ (6 April) about the use of Skype in a three-day hearing of a Court of Protection case; in particular, the detailed reporting of the impact of the use of a remote platform from the perspective of all involved. ...

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    Dangers of the default mode

    27 April 2020

    Catherine Baksi’s report on the remotely conducted court hearing (8 April) is a crucial contribution to the detailed debate we really must have in preparation for the post-coronavirus legal landscape we all crave and need to work towards. Lest remote hearings might then too readily become the default ...

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    Running for cover

    27 April 2020

    I was a sole practitioner and closed my firm after 23 years in 2010.

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    Junk mail

    27 April 2020

    I note that, rather than saving space, all emails which I receive extend to at least two pages.

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    Letters roundup - 6 April 2020

    6 April 2020

    Benefits of transparency and e-filing failings: your letters to the editor.

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    Letters roundup - 23 March 2020

    23 March 2020

    Forcing change on a reluctant judiciary In March 2018 David Lammy MP told the Gazette: ‘Find me an ethnic minority judge and I’ll buy you a beer.’ That came after the justice secretary David Lidington rejected Lammy’s recommendation (made in an independent review commissioned by David Cameron) that ...

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    All jury trials must be suspended immediately

    2020-03-20T12:22:00Z

    Decision to continue with trials of 3 days or less is wholly irresponsible in amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Letters roundup - 9 March 2020

    9 March 2020

    Trans voices must be heard: your letters to the editor.

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    Letters roundup - 2 March 2020

    2 March 2020

    When prison doesn’t work: your letters to the editor.

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    Letters roundup - 3 February 2020

    3 February 2020

    Criminally unbalanced justice and a mediation pitfall: your letters to the editor.

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    Letters roundup - 27 January 2020

    27 January 2020

    A culture of fear and making merry: your letters to the editor.

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    Letters roundup - 20 January 2020

    20 January 2020

    Clarity on immigration advice and tackling domestic abuse: your letters to the editor.

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    Letters roundup - 2 December 2019

    2 December 2019

    ‘If the SRA hopes to change the way legal advice for immigration is provided, it first needs to draft clear guidelines’: your letters to the editor.

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    Letters roundup - 25 November 2019

    25 November 2019

    Contentious conveyancing and broader action on NDAs: your letters to the editor.