All Letters articles – Page 5

  • Letters
    Opinion

    When the accused are also victims

    17 September 2018

    What has played out in recent weeks in the ’Roxy v Ryan punch that wasn’t’ bears a resemblance to what our courts face on a daily basis when criminal allegations are made.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    Fair trial fight

    3 September 2018

    We welcome the High Court’s ruling striking down the lord chancellor’s scheme to cut criminal legal aid for some of the most complicated and difficult Crown court cases.

  • Caroline Lucas
    Opinion

    Common law marriage myth

    3 September 2018

    Since the early 1970s the number of people getting married has steadily fallen while the number of cohabiting couples has increased. In 2016 there were 3.3m cohabiting couples.

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    Opinion

    Parole Board independence reaffirmed

    3 September 2018

    I have previously identified the unqualified necessity for the independence of action and decision-making of the Parole Board to remain intact in the wake of the furore over the John Worboys case.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    Hill to climb at CPS

    6 August 2018

    Max Hill QC brings immense experience to one of the most unenviable jobs in law.

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    Opinion

    Court chaos reigns

    6 August 2018

    I am compelled to write in respect of the state of the courts.

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    Opinion

    The late Andrew Hopper QC

    6 August 2018

    Andrew was a resolute, resourceful, committed and highly respected defender of solicitors facing disciplinary action.

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    Opinion

    Inquest injustice

    30 July 2018

    It is positive that the government is reviewing the availability of legal aid to ensure bereaved families can fully participate in their loved one’s inquest.

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    Opinion

    Full disclosure

    30 July 2018

    I am conscious that the profession will be asking what steps the Law Society Criminal Law Committee has taken in relation to the current unused material debacle.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    PI reform a done deal

    30 July 2018

    While some might see the MoJ response to the justice select committee on PI reform as a stay of execution, it only served to highlight the government’s single-minded approach.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    How to blunt knife crime

    30 July 2018

    The latest ONS Crime in England and Wales bulletin shows an alarming increase in knife crime.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    Under pressure

    23 July 2018

    When I enter my offices I see doors marked ‘COLP’, ‘COFA’, ‘MLRO’ and the recently added ‘DPO’.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    ‘Safe keeping’ unsound

    23 July 2018

    As a long-retired solicitor I was approached recently by an old friend and client. He wanted to know what the words ‘safe keeping’ meant. I was intrigued and he explained.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    Entry leveller

    23 July 2018

    I only passed three O-levels when I took them at 16 (in 1965).

  • Letters
    Opinion

    Levy breaks

    23 July 2018

    The SRA has announced that the Compensation Fund levy for firms will be increased.

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    Opinion

    Revered leader

    9 July 2018

    ‘Slow to anger, swift to praise.’ The line from Tennyson came to mind on having learned of past-president Paul Marsh’s death.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    Fairness and injured people

    9 July 2018

    The basis for PI reform is completely without merit, yet the government has been intransigent.

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    Opinion

    Easy does it in the modern office

    9 July 2018

    The other day, as I paid a visit to the old firm, a sepulchral calm appeared to have descended on the family department.

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    Opinion

    We’re all colleagues

    9 July 2018

    When in practice, I occasionally received responses to letters from French avocats, who began their response with ‘Chere Maître’.

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    In with the new

    2 July 2018

    What’s not to like about the new Gazette ?