Opinion

  • Letters
    Opinion

    ​Closing time

    13 November 2017

    Eduardo Reyes makes a number of valid points in ‘How to close a law firm’.

  • Helena Milner-Smith
    Opinion

    National pro bono week: defending our children

    8 November 2017

    Pro bono support for child defence can help start them on a new journey.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    ​Purple lifeboat holed

    6 November 2017

    The ‘real’ daily rate for a deputy district judge has effectively made the role an expensive hobby. If this continues standards will only fall

  • Letters
    Opinion

    ​Mediation misunderstood

    6 November 2017

    I read with interest John Hyde’s ‘The mediation dilemma’. I retired from private practice in April to focus on my mediation practice. I have seen mediation from two perspectives – that of the solicitor advising his client and then as mediator. I am not sure that some lawyers see the ...

  • Letters
    Opinion

    Arrest report

    6 November 2017

    The Home Office recently reported that the total number of arrests has fallen from 1.5 million in 2008 to 779,660 in 2017 (a total drop of 48%). In fairness to the police, it should be acknowledged that making an arrest is not a prerequisite for an offence to be properly ...

  • Letters
    Opinion

    Rethink Part II

    6 November 2017

    I have recently been invited to comment on whether the standard of proof needed to strike a solicitor off the roll should be changed.

  • Joshua Rozenberg
    Opinion

    Courts are failing children

    6 November 2017

    Sir James Munby is using his final months as family court president to urge radical reform of justice for under-18s.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    ​People power – the new normal

    30 October 2017

    Law firms that put intellectual capital before personal gain should be applauded. Accepting a lower return is a price worth paying

  • Letters
    Opinion

    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
    Opinion

    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.