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.
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.
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.
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.
6 August 2018
Max Hill QC brings immense experience to one of the most unenviable jobs in law.
I am compelled to write in respect of the state of the courts.
Andrew was a resolute, resourceful, committed and highly respected defender of solicitors facing disciplinary action.
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.
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.
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.
The latest ONS Crime in England and Wales bulletin shows an alarming increase in knife crime.
23 July 2018
When I enter my offices I see doors marked ‘COLP’, ‘COFA’, ‘MLRO’ and the recently added ‘DPO’.
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.
I only passed three O-levels when I took them at 16 (in 1965).
The SRA has announced that the Compensation Fund levy for firms will be increased.
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.
The basis for PI reform is completely without merit, yet the government has been intransigent.
The other day, as I paid a visit to the old firm, a sepulchral calm appeared to have descended on the family department.
When in practice, I occasionally received responses to letters from French avocats, who began their response with ‘Chere Maître’.
2 July 2018
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