Law Society Gazette 6 May 2010

Spike in mergers predicted in 2010

The year is likely to see a spike in mergers and team hires among the top 100 firms, with 20% looking to expand overseas. Sweet & Maxwell’s annual survey of law firm finance directors reveals that 40% of firms are planning to make lateral hires of senior teams in 2010, in contrast to the job cuts and recruitment freezes seen last year.

14 May 1980


The case involving the antics at Ambleside Avenue, Streatham, highlights the weakness of our prostitution laws. All the gentlemen involved, including solicitors and barristers, get away with it unnamed and unscathed yet the lady who organised their pleasure is punished. She might well ask ‘What evil have I done?’ The answer is she has broken an archaic law which penalises the fair sex. Without customers she would not find herself in the trouble she is in now. No wonder the case is uppermost in the minds of members of parliament and the editors of newspapers. Who was hurt by what took place? The wives of the men? If they were hurt was it Cynthia Payne who hurt them? I think no. The fault, dear Brutus…

May 1970

Case of the disappearing trade union

With the publication of the government’s Industrial Relations Bill, the total confusion of thought behind the British Legal Association’s proposal to seek registration as a trade union can now be demonstrated conclusively. The BLA is, no doubt, within the present statutory definition of a trade union but it will cease to be on the enactment of the bill. It is obvious that a body representing largely self-employed persons will not be within the definition.

May 1960

First lady of the law

The late Miss Carrie Morrison, the first Englishwoman to become a solicitor, referred to in Miss Littlewood’s article, was admitted as a solicitor in 1922. Miss Littlewood also has a ‘first’ to her credit. She is, I believe, the first woman solicitor to contribute an article to this journal.