This week’s news in brief
New DPP appointed
Max Hill QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, has been appointed to succeed Alison Saunders as the next director of public prosecutions. Hill, a former Criminal Bar Association chair, will lead the Crown Prosecution Service from 1 November for a five-year renewable term.
The Law Commission will conduct a year-long review of the laws that govern tribunals in Wales. Announcing the project, Carwyn Jones, first minister of Wales, said existing rules and procedures for the devolved Welsh tribunals are ‘complicated and inconsistent’. Legislation also does not take into account the president of Welsh tribunals’ role, introduced by the Wales Act 2017.
Leigh Day appeal
Judgment has been reserved in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s appeal of a tribunal’s dismissal of misconduct charges involving human rights firm Leigh Day. A ruling is expected in October at the earliest.
New SRA chair
Anna Bradley, who began her career with consumer watchdog Which? and is a former chief executive of the National Consumer Council, will take over as chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority board in January.
Income slips at Ince
Maritime specialist Ince & Co has reported a 10% drop in revenue in the UK. Revenue for the year ending 30 April was £42.8m, down from £48m in 2016/17. Earlier this month the firm confirmed it would be making 32 roles redundant from its London office, with the future of three roles still at risk following an earlier consultation.