Opinion

  • 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
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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?

  • Letters
    Opinion

    System failure

    23 October 2017

    The government should acknowledge that court fees are a hidden tax – its deceit is made worse by deteriorating service levels.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    ​Flat fee is disproportionate

    23 October 2017

    We are a small firm with two partners and no staff, and a turnover of less than £200,000.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    Prison shame

    23 October 2017

    It is a source of immense pride to me and I am sure to many other Law Society members that solicitors such as the redoubtable Laura Janes continue to play a pivotal role in the endeavours of the Howard League for Penal Reform on behalf of the rights of offenders.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    ​Proof point

    23 October 2017

    I wanted to clarify one point in relation to your article about the standard of proof. You said that the ‘discussion paper… does not explicitly back requiring prosecutions to be proved “beyond reasonable doubt”’. This is not quite accurate.