Argar joins justice team

Former management consultant Edward Argar MP has been appointed junior justice minister after the resignation of Dr Phillip Lee MP. Argar, 40, was elected member for Charnwood, North Leicestershire, in 2015.

TW profits rise

International firm Taylor Wessing reported its best financial results yet, with profits of £56.8m for the year ending April 2018, 16% up on 2017, on turnover up 12% to £144.6m. Profit per equity partner rose 20% to £579,000.

PPI fee cap warning

The SRA has reminded firms handling claims for mis-sold payment protection insurance that a 20% fee cap comes in to force on 10 July under the Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018. The act also bans charges if no compensation is recovered.

London firm fails

London multidisciplinary firm Rollingsons Solicitors has appointed administrators. All staff and fee-earners have transferred to national firm Taylor Rose TTKW.

Iran charges

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been detained on two national security charges for representing women facing prison for protesting against the compulsory hijab law, an Iranian rights group said. She faces five years in prison.

Research rewarded

Economic evidence presented to the Supreme Court in its 2017 ruling that employment tribunal fees were unlawful has won its author, Dr Abigail Adams, a £10,000 prize for ‘outstanding impact in public policy’ from the Economic and Social Research Council.