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Failing the test


Official reports on the ‘super-exam’ pilot raise far more questions than they answer, says the Association of Law Teachers. The SRA must disclose more information to assess whether the new SQE will be fit for purpose.

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Opening statement in police interviews is still an important strategy

2019-07-25T08:56:00+01:00By Ed Cape, Matthew Hardcastle

The need for a defence lawyer to make an opening statement has been questioned, with some arguing its dangers.

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A disciplinary concept that still has value

22 July 2019By John Gould

What is integrity?

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Why married farmers should consider legal protection


Divorce is never easy but with a farm involved, even the judiciary admit, finances can be ‘notoriously difficult to resolve’.

Andrew Hill

Securities litigation – the third limb

15 July 2019By Gavin Foggo, Andrew Hill

Corporate governance.

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Incinerate and litigate

2019-06-19T15:15:00+01:00By Robert Jackson, Douglas Fraser

The potential nuisance, personal injury and health risks associated with the incineration of waste.


An ordinary word given an extraordinary meaning

17 June 2019By Gregory Treverton-Jones QC, Nigel West

What is ‘integrity’?

Julian Bubb Humfryes

English courts and cross-border cases

17 June 2019By John Bramhall, Julian Bubb Humfryes

Approach to evidence in civil litigation.

Money laundering

Time to get your risk assessments in order

10 June 2019By Amasis Saba

SRA report highlights shortcomings in firms’ anti-money laundering measures.

Rachel roche

Making more of the digital badge

3 June 2019By Rachel Roche

Logos are powerful icons of identity so the SRA digital badge is a missed opportunity.

Child and guardian

Parental alienation in criminal cases

2019-05-29T09:47:00+01:00By June Venters QC

It is not a matter confined to the family court.


Government ministers wrong to attack decision to grant legal aid to ‘Isis Bride’

2019-05-16T14:37:00+01:00By Frederick Saugman

Such public and political attacks show worrying disregard for the rule of law.


Law and advance plans on dying

2019-05-15T15:00:00+01:00By Victoria Butler-Cole QC

Not all decisions need go to the Court of Protection.

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We need to change the culture

13 May 2019By Elizabeth Rimmer

Should we better regulate how law firms treat their staff?


Penalised for putting things right

6 May 2019By Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Why can’t a conflict of interest be cured?

Nikki edwards

Clarity on the Angel Bell exception

6 May 2019By Nikki Edwards

Post-judgment freezing orders are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason.


Deafness and the justice system

2019-04-17T16:30:00+01:00By Dr Elizabeth Wakeland

Individuals’ level of hearing loss will impact on their ability to participate in legal proceedings, whether criminal, family or civil.

Ryan cable

'On a first-name basis' with a tribunal member

2019-04-16T15:51:00+01:00By Nick Storrs, Ryan Cable

Arbitrators and counsel must be sensitive to the perception of bias in a market known to be characteristically 'warm and friendly'.

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Failing to prevent economic crime

2019-04-09T10:16:00+01:00By Michael Goodwin QC, Michelle Sloane, Aimee Riese

Many have called for a new failure to prevent fraud offence, but its potential effectiveness is up for debate.

Shannon moore

What we learned from taking the ‘super-exam’

8 April 2019By Shannon Moore, Emily McArthur

Piloting the SQE.

David greene

A missed opportunity to revisit reform

8 April 2019By David Greene

LASPO Part 2 review.


Law firms, business and human rights

2019-04-05T15:47:00+01:00By Anna Triponel, Catie Shavin

Practical approaches to advance your firm’s practice.

Suzi denton

The law on freezing human eggs

2019-04-02T15:12:00+01:00By Suzi Denton

The 10-year storage limit for frozen eggs is outdated, discriminatory and needs to change.

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Using finance to transform the legal sector

2019-04-01T09:42:00+01:00By Zachary Whyte, Franck Magennis

The legal sector is rife with oppression, exploitation and inequality. Could private equity, and other financial investment vehicles, form part of the solution?

Oliver shipway

The Disclosure Pilot Scheme: three months in

2019-03-29T14:25:00+00:00By Richard Bacon, Oliver Shipway

Some of the key changes and how they are working out in practice.

Ian bond

Proposed probate fee reforms fall short

2019-03-21T15:56:00+00:00By Ian Bond

Bereaved are not litigants pursuing multi-million pound cases through the courts.

Alison herbert

Happiness. A luxury or necessity?

2019-03-20T00:01:00+00:00By Alison Herbert

2009 research showed that as a profession we are more likely to suffer from mental ill-health.

Jenni tellyn

Breaking down stereotypes in professional writing

2019-03-15T09:12:00+00:00By Jenni Tellyn, Hector Denfield

How to avoid gendered language.

Sailesh mehta

Home truths for the home secretary on the Shamima Begum case


Decision to strip citizenship from Ms Begum is likely to be wrong in domestic and international law.

Christopher stanley

1974 pub bombings: unanswered questions

11 March 2019By Christopher Stanley

IRA pub bombings continue to raise questions about multi-death investigations.

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