The Law Society Gazette, 16 April 2004

Support for salaried family law scheme

More than one in five clients who have experienced a relationship breakdown were unhappy with their solicitor’s performance owing to excessive charging, delays or sheer incompetence, according to government-commissioned research – which also suggested that a salaried regime could be the way for the future.

Gazette, 20 April 1994

Disaster fear

The profession is in danger from those clients who will not pay for legal advice, ever. In a conveyancing matter they go to a solicitor only because they have to. They are happy to pay professionals a fortune provided it is disguised in commissions or in fees which are loaned or subsidised by institutional lenders as part of their overheads.

Civil rights solicitor sues police

John Wadham, legal director of the pressure group Liberty, is suing the police, alleging false imprisonment and assault after he was arrested and detained while acting as a solicitor at a rave party in Andover in 1989.  

Gazette, 18 April 1984

Independent Prosecution Service

The Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Leon Brittan QC, MP, announced that the government has decided that the proposed independent prosecution service will be established as an integrated national service headed by the director of public prosecutions under the attorney general. Planning for the introduction of the new service will continue to proceed in consultation with all those who will be involved in the transition to the new system.

Gazette, April 1954

Lawyer and Gentleman

I am writing to say that I do not know of any Act of Parliament relating to solicitors which expressly defines a lawyer as a gentleman.

The Acts of Parliament relating to solicitors require that solicitors should conform to certain standards of education and for that reason I made my after-dinner speaker say in relation to William Hogpen: ‘I understand that every lawyer is a gentleman by Act of Parliament.’

Barristers Doing Conveyancing Work

It has been thought desirable to hold over for our next issue letters from members dealing with the statement on ‘Barristers doing conveyancing work’ which was published in our March issue – EDITOR.