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Rights of audience rules

21 March 2017By Len Crowder

How do two recent judgments affect barristers acting as solicitor’s agents?

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DNA – an unstoppable march?

20 March 2017By David Bentley QC

A new judgment broadens the principle of bringing cases on the basis of matching DNA alone.

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Mental capacity: winners and losers

20 March 2017By Sheree Green

Law Commission report on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty.


Coq of the walk

20 March 2017By Marialuisa Taddia

Brexit looms and even ‘Frexit’ cannot be ruled out, but international law firms remain sanguine about doing business in France. Marialuisa Taddia reports

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Legal technology: the rise of the chatbots

20 March 2017By Joanna Goodman

Chatbots handling multiple interactions give a new dimension to customer care and access to justice

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Sorry is the hardest word

20 March 2017

Katie Hopkins’ libel defeat highlights the dangers of Twitter

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Third-party time

13 March 2017

Influence of funders on the litigation landscape is only set to grow stronger.


The training challenge

6 March 2017

Even with financial incentives, some firms are reluctant to take on apprentices.

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Rail strikes and fat cats

23 March 2017By

Supporters of limits to rights to strike were in a minority at legal debate.

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Sprawling Prisons and Courts Bill is an indigestible mess

21 March 2017By

No wonder MPs can’t properly scrutinise this key bill – there’s just too much to take in.


Whistleblowing and lawyers

20 March 2017By

A European Commission consultation on whistleblower protection raises important questions of legal professional privilege.

Joshua Rozenberg

Beefing up the bench

20 March 2017By Joshua Rozenberg

Intellect trumps all – standards must not fall as the judiciary addresses its recruitment ‘crisis’.

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How to: commit to collaboration

6 March 2017By Grania Langdon-Down

Working with other firms can spread risk and help you scale up.

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How to: get ahead with Twitter

20 February 2017By

Don’t be put off by Donald Trump’s 140-character rants – Twitter is a platform with plenty to offer lawyers.


How to: recruit apprentices

6 February 2017By Grania Langdon-Down

Apprentices can breathe new life into law firms but the recruitment process requires a detailed business plan.

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Mark Duggan death: appeal over inquest verdict

6 March 2017

The family of Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police sparked the 2011 London riots, appeal a High Court ruling that the jury at his inquest was right to rule he was lawfully killed.



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