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  • Priti Patel
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    News focus: Access to justice empty-chaired at Conservative conference

    2019-10-04T12:01:00Z

    Senior Tories talked tough on crime at the party conference while emphasising their respect for the judiciary after the prorogation judgment. But all anyone really wanted to discuss was Brexit

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    News focus: Justice at core of Labour’s election manifesto

    Free legal training for 200 social welfare lawyers will be complemented by £20m in funding for a network of ‘people’s law centres’.

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    News focus: Thinking positive on race

    23 September 2019

    Leigh Day is attempting to fill a demographic void by advertising for black applicants, renewing debate about how positive discrimination can boost diversity in the legal profession

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    News focus: Why comparison sites can't seem to crack the legal sector

    16 September 2019

    Competition watchdogs have bemoaned the dearth of comparison sites in the law. But is there a real appetite for ‘shopping’ among law firms and clients wedded to traditional consumer habits?

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    News focus: Signature moves

    9 September 2019

    Law Commission confirms electronic signatures are valid and admissible as evidence in proceedings, while backing Law Society warning on lasting powers of attorney.

  • Nick Gallagher
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    News focus: Charity case

    29 July 2019

    With income down amid waning interest, this is a worrying time for SBA – the Solicitors’ Charity. But the organisation’s new CEO remains convinced the organisation still has plenty to offer.

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    News focus: Less than zero chills insurers

    22 July 2019

    Insurers are predictably disgruntled after the lord chancellor failed to deliver the personal injury discount rate they were expecting. Solicitors are divided too, so who are the real winners?

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    News focus: Conflicts of interest

    8 July 2019

    Dissent is growing over government inertia on so-called ‘lawfare’. But Brexit and a lack of clarity about what exactly needs to be done leave the issue dogged by uncertainty.

  • EqualityinLaw
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    News focus: A profession without equal?

    1 July 2019

    At an international symposium hosted by the Law Society, City leaders, senior politicians, activists and clients debated how to close the gender gap in the top echelons of the legal profession

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    News focus: Suspicious minds

    24 June 2019

    Enforcement agencies are bombarded by thousands of worthless suspicious activity reports. But advisers hoping the Law Commission would suggest sweeping changes have been disappointed

  • Andrew Ager
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    News focus: Inexpert evidence

    17 June 2019

    Eight defendants were recently acquitted after the prosecution’s expert witness was discredited. Was this a one-off or does it point to a wider problem of experts lacking the necessary credentials?

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    News focus: Data dangers?

    10 June 2019

    A Harm Assessment Risk Tool used by the police to cut reoffending rates is at the heart of an increasingly heated debate surrounding the role of algorithms in the criminal justice system.

  • The Shard
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    News focus: tech challenge aiming high

    3 June 2019

    The SRA is offering lawtech innovators £250,000 to help improve access to legal advice. But is technology the solution to this problem and has the regulator truly understood the issues involved?

  • Helena Kennedy
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    News focus: Conduct unbecoming

    2019-05-20T00:01:00Z

    An International Bar Association survey has laid bare the scale of harassment and bullying in the law. Senior legal sector figures hope the report will be a wake-up call.

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    News focus: How costs-chaser James Green is making new friends

    13 May 2019

    Costs chaser James Green has long been a bête noire of personal injury lawyers. But following the landmark Herbert ruling, he is in demand not only from claims management companies, but also the very firms that have reason to resent him.

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    News focus: Red alert on housing legal aid

    29 April 2019

    The Law Society has again exposed the worsening landscape of legal aid housing provision. Although the MoJ is piloting early support, is this really enough to revive a barren area of law?

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    News focus: Inquests show that not all are equal in death

    15 April 2019

    State actors are handed millions for expensive lawyers while bereaved families get little or nothing. Calls for equality of arms at inquests are getting louder, with MPs demanding reform

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    News focus: Go compare, conveyancers

    8 April 2019

    HM Land Registry has published a mammoth set of data on requests for further information. Are firms with a high requisition rate ready to learn lessons from the exercise?

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    Law firms report higher profits for ninth year in a row - but work is slowing

    1 April 2019

    Annual benchmarking survey shows majority of practices in good health, but this year income is not expected to rise by much more than inflation.

  • Money laundering
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    News focus: The colour of a client’s money

    25 March 2019

    As the SRA renews its drive to clamp down on money laundering, law firms have been put on notice that they will need to show how they are complying with the rules – or face hefty sanctions.