Whiplash reform go-ahead
The government’s reforms of personal injury claims survived a challenge in the House of Lords when an amendment to the Civil Liability Bill that would have removed tariff s for damages was defeated by 13 votes.
Justice minister quits
Justice minister Dr Phillip Lee MP resigned from the government to allow him to oppose its position on the EU Withdrawal Bill.
The UK’s largest family law fi rm, Stowe Family Law, has opened a second London branch, its 15th offi ce. The offi ce will have access to an in-house accounting team trained to examine fi nancial records ‘with an eye for not only what is there but what is being withheld’.
Simultaneous translation by computers will put courtroom interpreters out of a job ‘within a few years’, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett of Maldon said in an assessment on the potential of technology. Interpreters said the use of AI would lead to miscarriages of justice.
Profits per equity partner at Fieldfisher grew by 17% to £750,000 last year, the expanding international firm announced. Turnover for the year ended 30 April 2018 grew by 24% to £207m, the fi rst time the fi rm’s revenue has reached £200m.
Mobility awardsNominations are open for the UK Social Mobility Awards, which last year shortlisted several law firms and in-house legal departments. Magic circle firm Allen & Overy won the ‘community project of the year’ category. Entrants need a headcount of at least 20 and entries close on 29 June. To apply visit the-uksma.org