The Law Society Gazette, 16 March 2006

Disclosure curbs ‘can cut litigation costs’

A top judge and leading City litigators this week said that restricting disclosure could help cap spiralling litigation costs. Lord Justice Neuberger, the judge in charge of court modernisation, and a report by a group of lawyers from City firms, both said a more proportionate approach to disclosure may be needed, especially with mushrooming electronic documents.

12 March 1986

Building Societies Bill

The far-reaching possible effects of the Building Societies Bill have been canvassed in the useful appraisal published by the Council of The Law Society. This did not, however, spell out what seems to me to be the most dangerous possible effect of the bill, namely that the ‘recognised’ institutions would effectively be able not simply to employ solicitors but also to acquire control of existing firms.

17 March 1976

Press freedom and the closed shop

Few people can be unaware of the long and often bitter battle that has been fought in recent months over the government’s Trade Union and Labour Relations (Amendment) Bill, in its application to the Press. The Government have sought to get around objections to the Bill by introducing into it provision for a ‘voluntary charter of press freedom’. ‘Voluntary’ in this context means, however, that the charter will itself lack the force of law. In a speech last week, the Secretary of State for Employment Mr Michael Foot (pictured) dismissed Lord Goodman’s criticism of the bill as a ‘farrago of fiction, falsehood and hysteria’.

March 1966

Telex will revolutionise our offices

Details of the telex service and its possibilities for solicitors have already been published in the Gazette. The equipment is simple and a typist can operate it in addition to her normal duties. One telex operator will handle as much correspondence as four typists.