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News focus: Do errant solicitors get a rougher ride than barristers at tribunal?

18 March 2019By

The SDT’s ‘highest of expectations’ and the regulator’s desire for a ‘gold standard’ mean solicitors appear to be treated more harshly than barristers and other professionals in disciplinary cases.

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News focus: Equality still a work in progress

11 March 2019By

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.


News focus: our clinical negligence award was not a 'lottery win'

4 March 2019By

Few things rile a claimant lawyer more than headlines saying their client has ‘won’ compensation. The Gazette met one family to hear what a multi-million-pound award really meant.

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News focus: Lawtech - mind the gap

25 February 2019By

A natural aversion to risk and a heavier regulatory burden mean lawtech startups struggle to attract law firm customers and find it difficult to progress beyond the ‘innovation’ stage.


News focus: Making the bar a 'happy place to be'

18 February 2019By

This year’s bar chair wants to end the profession’s ‘24/7 culture’ to improve wellbeing and help tackle retention woes. And he’s optimistic the MoJ is finally getting the message on funding

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News focus: A ‘drop in the ocean’ for justice?

11 February 2019By

The Ministry of Justice sweetened its long-awaited review of swingeing legal aid cuts with a pledge to spend £8m on legal support and litigants in person. But does its response go far enough?

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News focus: A freelance life off the legal treadmill

4 February 2019By

More and more lawyers, attracted to the notion of not being tied to a particular practice while working flexibly, become consultants. As law firms are discovering, freelancers offer manifold benefits

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News focus: MoJ nurses wounds after courts IT crash

28 January 2019By

The Ministry of Justice insists this month’s IT fiasco has nothing to do with its £1bn court modernisation plans. Unfortunately solicitors keeping the wheels of justice turning cannot afford to relax.

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News focus: Making criminal defence pay

21 January 2019By

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?

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