Practice points

Chetal patel

Obstacles to overcome in a ‘compliant’ immigration environment

14 February 2019By Chetal Patel

Charitable organisations which are sponsors must revisit current practices to avoid unpleasant surprises.

International court of justice

International race discrimination

11 February 2019By Lord Goldsmith QC, Merryl Lawry-White

In Qatar v United Arab Emirates the International Court of Justice reaffirmed its legitimacy as an independent mechanism for the peaceful resolution of disputes.

Robert amsterdam

Time to ditch the European Arrest Warrant?

4 February 2019By Robert Amsterdam

As the EAW mechanism becomes less viable in parts of the EU, the UK should consider if it wants to remain in the EAW deal after Brexit.

Petra warrington

Proposed reforms to save more art for the nation

1 February 2019By Petra Warrington

Balance must be redressed so museums are better funded to acquire national treasures.


Claims of a false and misleading case

25 January 2019By Lydia Danon

Where fraud or dishonesty is alleged in cases, the pleader is entitled to rely on facts which justify inference of dishonesty.

Sophia purkis

What stays in the boardroom?

21 January 2019By Sophia Purkis, Sarah Charig

Courts are not proving eager to extend the scope of litigation privilege, meaning companies must remain vigilant regarding internal communications.

Hong kong

Asia-Pacific property: What UK lawyers need to know

17 January 2019By Tiffany Wan

Better understanding of Hong Kong markets will greatly assist the UK legal profession in handling foreign enquiries and understanding their clientele, writes Tiffany Wan.

Frank maher

Risks to look out for in 2019

14 January 2019By Frank Maher

Challenges in GDPR, anti-money laundering, claims and insurance, and professional regulation lie in the year ahead.

Royal Courts of Justice, Strand

Is civil legal aid discretionary?

7 January 2019By James Harper

Legal aid spending – civil or criminal – is the choice of the state and, in that sense, it is all truly discretionary, says James Harper.

marleen bouwer2

Criminal investigations post-Brexit

2 January 2019By Marleen Bouwer

European Investigation Orders are a form of mutual legal assistance useful both to defence and prosecution, but uncertainty surrounds their future.

June Venters

Parental alienation

4 December 2018By June Venters

Dealing with accusations that one parent has ‘turned’ the mind of a child against the other.

Grania Langdon-Down

Costs office ‘not a sausage-making machine’

3 December 2018By

Master Peter Haworth hopes e-bills will be introduced to lessen the workload of the Senior Courts Costs Office, but this won’t be any time soon.


Well-known tools can be adapted to fight new forms of fraud

27 November 2018By Sam Roberts, Rosie Wild

A combination of modified legal weapons and various innovative service methods made for a groundbreaking judgment in a banking fraud case earlier this year.

Mathew Rea

A new approach to witness evidence

19 November 2018By Mathew Rea

Many are beginning to question whether, in commercial disputes, the benefits of oral witness evidence are really proportionate to the time and cost incurred.

Mark Thomas

Grenfell and the right to free expression

14 November 2018By Mark Thomas

The arrests of six men for burning an effigy of the Grenfell Tower has pushed the issue of clarity between public and private expression back into the spotlight.

Roger Franklin

Reforming the courts: a half-time report

12 November 2018By Roger Franklin

What is the current state of play following plans announced two years ago to improve the courts and tribunals system?


Living in the moment

5 November 2018By

Can mindfulness for lawyers have the power to be transformative?

Eduardo Reyes coutout

Putting a price on conveyancing

29 October 2018By

Solicitors point out that every residential conveyancing transaction is different – so how to deal with ‘price transparency’ requirements that assume the service is commoditised?

Jason Woodland

One way or another: Choosing between criminal or civil remedies in fraud cases

19 October 2018By Jason Woodland

One of the first decisions a victim of fraud will have to make – often at a very distressing time and before all the facts are known – is whether they should make a criminal complaint to the authorities or pursue their own civil remedy.

Jonathan pearce

Sleep-ins and the national minimum wage

15 October 2018By Jonathan Pearce

Supreme Court bid for permission to appeal Mencap decision.

Grainne mc keever

‘Normalising’ the presence of LiPs

15 October 2018By Gráinne McKeever

Individuals who go to court without a lawyer can jeopardise their right to a fair trial.

David christopher

Wanted posters or political weapons?

8 October 2018By Christopher David, Nicholas Hearn

Are Interpol red notices being abused?

Georgina Squire

Calculating diminution in value

8 October 2018By Georgina Squire

Quantifying diminution of value as a form of damages poses problems for litigators and the courts.

Matt gingell

Social media for lawyers: A simple guide

21 September 2018

Some pitfalls to watch out for for those active on social media.

Eduardo reyes

One-way ticket to an uncertain destination

10 September 2018By

Clock is ticking on Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

David greene

Ministers paper over the cracks

3 September 2018By David Greene

Brexit clock is ticking.

Deal making

Is your LLP agreement fit for purpose if deal-makers come knocking?

17 August 2018By Zulon Begum

A merger, sale or IPO should be a streamlined process approved by senior management.


Managing autistic employees and partners

15 August 2018By Jay Bhayani

Firms have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for staff with autism spectrum disorder.

Tini owens

Owens fallout: a damp squib or turning point?

8 August 2018By Andrew Watson

Owens put divorce law reform high up on the agenda – now it’s time for the government to act.


Effective deal-making: part 2

23 July 2018By Simon Haigh

The ‘7P’ process

Simon hartley

Navigating the MEES Regulations

9 July 2018By Simon Hartley, Ben Strange

Energy efficiency.

Nicolas heaton

Disclosure, directions and hot-tubbing

9 July 2018By Nicholas Heaton

Expert evidence.

Melanie Carter new

A general axiom of rational behaviour

2 July 2018By Melanie Carter, Claire Whittle

Public and regulatory: equal treatment.


Barristers are pressurised, but we’ve got it worse

25 June 2018By Ian Kelcey

Health check: wellbeing at work

New deal graph

Effective deal-making: part 1

11 June 2018By Simon Haigh

The power of the seven ‘Ps’

Michael Tyler

How to avoid a proportionality reduction

21 May 2018By Richard Foss, Michael Tyler

Practice point: costs


Do lawyers get in the way?

21 May 2018By Christopher Parr

Practice point: mediation.

Craig Ward

Attorneys and deputies as data controllers

17 May 2018By Craig Ward

GDPR is now likely to affect more attorneys/deputies than previously.


Are agreed outcomes working properly?

14 May 2018By Gregory Treverton-Jones QC, Jonathan Greensmith

Disciplinary proceedings.

flying taxi

Future-proofing your firm

7 May 2018By

The annual Law Management Section conference looked at how law firms must face up to the future – or fall behind.

David green sfo

White collar crime - David Green: an appreciation

23 April 2018By Elly Proudlock, Oliver Beeley

Departed SFO director put the much-maligned agency back on track. So what of its future?

alpha go

Artificial intelligence in the courtroom

9 April 2018By Damian Taylor, Natalie Osafo

The impact of AI on litigation.

Tony guise

Challenges for the Civil Justice Council

5 March 2018By Tony Guise

Tony Guise discusses the CJC review of alternative dispute resolution.

Wales assembly night

Wales: Devolved taxes and conveyancing

26 February 2018By Sean Bradley

Conveyancers undertaking property transactions in Wales will soon be subject to a new Welsh tax.

Georgina Squire

Dispute resolution: Changing litigation culture

26 February 2018By Georgina Squire

The Shorter Trials Scheme deserves to become a routine feature of dispute resolution.

David smith

We need a Housing Court

26 February 2018By David Smith

Tenants and good landlords are being let down by a lack of effective enforcement.

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