Law Society Gazette 16 July 2009

‘Lacklustre’ advocates under fire

A third of all prosecution advocates are ‘lacklustre’ or ‘less than competent’ according to a review by the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. The inspectors found advocates, both in-house and external counsel, were fully competent in two thirds of cases. 

14 July 1999

Clifford Chance partners vote to create world’s largest law firm

The partners of City giant Clifford Chance and New York law firm Rogers & Wells voted overwhelmingly in favour of a merger which would create the world’s largest law firm and the first transatlantic law firm union. The resulting firm would have 2,700 lawyers in 30 offices worldwide and a combined income of more than $1 billion. 

19 July 1989

Audience rights

As the details of the legal reform white paper unfolded earlier this week, it became clear that the Law Society’s biggest victory lay in the proposal to give it statutory entitlement to grant rights of audience in all courts to solicitors. The bar remains opposed to solicitors acquiring greater audience rights in the way suggested. 

July 1959

Some recollections of seventy years in practice

By William George, LLD

The ‘little one’ was at one time a promising young solicitor who failed to observe the vital distinction which the law makes between meum and teum in relation to clients’ money under his charge. He was, accordingly, sent to dwell in exile behind iron bars for a longish term.