Judicial job precedent

The Court of Appeal has heard a case which will determine the employment status of the bench, following a whistleblowing claim from a district judge. Claire Gilham is suing the Ministry of Justice, alleging that excessive workloads caused her breakdown. The ministry denies the claim.

Playing at a new level

Four sports and entertainment lawyers have set up a firm promising to build relationships with clients by avoiding using ‘armies of junior associates and back office staff’. LEVEL will be staffed by a ‘small but effective’ administration team.

Linklaters’ hiring coup

Linklaters has hired Latham & Watkins partner Tom Alabaster to head its investment funds practice. Alabaster is a former counsel at Carlyle Group.

Wales tax board meets

The Welsh Revenue Authority board has met for the first time, six months before beginning collecting the first Welsh taxes in 800 years – land transaction tax and landfill disposals tax.

Carillion to in-source

CAS (Carillion Advice Services), an offshoot of construction and support services giant Carillion plc, is to in-source insurance litigation work from one of its current panel law firms.

Preparing for prison

An information sheet aimed at women who think they may be going to prison has been published by the Prison Reform Trust. It includes a checklist of practical steps they can take to prepare themselves. The sheet can be downloaded.