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    How to: Retire

    27 July 2020

    Retirement can herald the happiest days of a lawyer’s life – or the start of a new career. Jonathan Rayner talks to three solicitors about how they have made the most of their golden years.

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    Labour pains

    27 July 2020

    New employment tribunals president Barry Clarke wants the system’s reputation to emerge from the crisis enhanced. It’s a tough ask, hears Melanie Newman.

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    Law Society spotlight: July’s Council meeting

    27 July 2020

    Council met remotely on 15 July.

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    Making do

    20 July 2020

    An embattled manufacturing sector is making increasingly complex demands of its legal advisers.

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    Taken to the brink

    20 July 2020

    As we await the Ministry of Justice’s annual report, Melanie Newman canvasses practitioners about how the department is performing.

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    Uneasy Street

    13 July 2020

    Lockdown has laid bare the vulnerabilities of our under-resourced legal ecosystem. Housing law is among the most exposed areas.

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    Rates of inflection

    13 July 2020

    The pandemic has forced law firms to recognise that digital transformation is key to future success, but which Covid-driven changes will become part of business as usual?

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    A new world of work

    6 July 2020

    As lockdown restrictions ease, the general consensus is that the government’s furlough scheme has only delayed inevitable redundancies. But many working in legal recruitment remain cautiously optimistic, reports Maria Shahid

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    Law Society spotlight: Risk and compliance

    6 July 2020

    How remote working has complicated your regulatory duties – and how the Law Society can help. 

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    Shock to the system

    6 July 2020

    Proposals for an ‘online court’ were already behind schedule when 90% of hearings switched overnight to remote proceedings. As the coronavirus recovery plan kicks in, Marialuisa Taddia finds out how far the reform programme has come.

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    Law Society spotlight: June’s Council meeting

    22 June 2020

    Because of the pandemic this was Council’s first full meeting conducted remotely.

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    The great leap forward

    15 June 2020

    As lockdown eases, most law firms acknowledge that technology can transform their businesses. But is there a danger that cash constraints will stall progress?

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    Family fortunes

    8 June 2020

    A huge backlog of family cases, increased by lockdown, is just one of many challenges facing family lawyers, writes Katharine Freeland

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    Going mobile

    1 June 2020

    The legal profession appears to be doing a lot to foster social mobility, using data-driven recruitment methods and helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter the law. But is all this work making a real difference, or is it just burnishing the image of the biggest firms?

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    Covid-19 public inquiry: Asking the right questions

    18 May 2020

    The government is facing calls for a public inquiry into its response to the coronavirus pandemic. What form should such an inquiry take and what should it investigate?

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    Staying powers

    18 May 2020

    Marialuisa Taddia canvasses practitioners on coping with a dysfunctional immigration regime made worse by the pandemic.

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    Public law challenges: What happened next

    11 May 2020

    Seminal public law challenges disappear from the media radar after final judgment is handed down. What happens next is not always what one would expect.

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    Running for cover

    11 May 2020

    With premiums on the up and income in freefall, the Gazette assembles a panel of brokers and solicitors for insights and advice on professional indemnity insurance. Maria Shahid reports.

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    Crash test

    4 May 2020

    Covid-19 has prompted unprecedented collaboration between personal injury claimant lawyers and the insurance sector. Could this new spirit of co-operation survive the pandemic?   

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    Shutting up shop

    27 April 2020

    The impact of lockdown on commercial real estate and the sector’s legal advisers will be profound.