Trending news articles on the Gazette this week…

1. National firm confirms 60 job losses and two office closures

Shakespeare Martineau chief executive says everything possible is being done to support affected staff.

2. City partner banned after dubious schemes landed firm with £500k fine

Jonathan Denton of US-based Locke Lord struck off the roll after dishonesty findings at the tribunal.

3. Judges’ bar boycott ‘bullying’ may force solicitors to take action

Justice select committee told of unqualified staff conducting hearings and an unrepresented defendant receiving a life sentence.

4. Judge rails at ‘festival of mendacity’ in case where truth was ‘lifestyle choice’

Mr Justice Turner hits out at ‘rich display of competitive dishonesty’ in litigation.

5. Law firm manager paid client £5k to cover his own mistake

Leading PI practice Bott and Co pays ‘substantial’ amounts to cover failings of former manager.