News focus

  • Andrew Ager

    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

    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

    News focus: Conduct unbecoming


    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.

  • Sales boards

    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?

  • Monidipa Fouzder 2018

    News focus: Equality still a work in progress

    11 March 2019

    New Law Society research confirms that tackling unconscious bias, fair pay and promoting widespread flexible working are key elements needed to achieve gender equality in the legal profession.

  • Criminal defence

    News focus: Making criminal defence pay

    21 January 2019

    The government is reviewing criminal legal aid fees but does it fully grasp the predicament of embattled practitioners? And how does it stop juniors fleeing an impoverished sector for City riches?

  • Nick Crichton

    News focus: What you may have missed

    Edited highlights from over the holiday period

  • Lord Burnett of Maldon

    News focus: Short-circuiting justice?

    10 December 2018

    International Forum on Online Courts slays myth of ‘idealised version’ of the justice system but not everyone agrees that ‘unique quality of digital’ can improve both fairness and efficiency

  • John Hyde byline

    News focus: Buying in to price transparency

    3 December 2018

    New rules on publishing price and service information kick in this week. Enforcement will be light-touch at first, but marketeers say law firms should exploit the opportunity to showcase their wares