Law Society Gazette 30 July 2009

Claims management market booms

The number of businesses entering the claims management market has risen by 60% in the past year, new figures show, while the industry’s regulator said solicitors were responsible for malpractice in personal injury claims-handling. 

Judgment day

The appellate committee of the House of Lords is sitting today for the last time in 133 years, hearing an immigration appeal and then delivering seven judgments. On 1 October, the law lords will be transformed into the Supreme Court of the UK. 

28 July 1999

Justice bill set for statute book

The government’s sweeping access to justice reforms were set to enter the statute books this week, heralding massive changes in the practice of thousands of legal aid and other practitioners. The act will replace the Legal Aid Board with the Legal Services Commission. All cash will be dispensed through contracts. All advocates will have full rights of audience. 

26 July 1989

No-fault compensation

No-fault compensation for minor road traffic accidents – a proposal favoured by the Civil Justice Review for its potential time and cost saving advantages – is to be examined by a government working party.  

25 July 1979

Mary Smith

Mary Smith has retired from the position of editor of the Gazette, which she has held since June 1967. What was in effect a monthly ‘house magazine’ has become under her editorship an important national weekly. She will now take a well-earned holiday in her beloved South of France. 

August 1919

Solicitors (Articled Clerks) Act 1919

This act extends the provisions of the Solicitors (Articled Clerks) Act 1918. Under the act an articled clerk was enabled to count his war service as time duly served under his articles.