The Law Society Gazette, 16 May 2006

Society urged to consider separation

Four of the country’s largest local law societies have urged the national body to consider the possibility that retaining regulation and representation under one roof may not be sustainable in the long term. The news comes as the results of the Have Your Say consultation were issued, delivering a message that solicitors want the new Law Society to concentrate on representing their interests.

15 May 1996

First CJD challenge in view

The first legal challenge to the government by relatives of a victim of Creutzfeld Jakob disease – the human form of BSE – was announced this week. The family of an Oxfordshire woman who died, aged 44, from CJD in 1994, intends to sue the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for misleading reassurances that beef was safe to eat.

21 May 1986

Criminal legal aid negotiations

The government has proposed that barristers should be permitted to conduct Crown court cases without the presence of a solicitor. The Society’s view of this proposal is that, if for considerations of economy these cases are to be conducted by only one lawyer, this must be on the basis that the lawyer may be either a barrister or a solicitor and that solicitors’ rights of audience would have to be extended for that purpose.

19 May 1976

The Doctors’ Dispute

There has never been much doubt among thinking members of the profession that sooner or later when time and circumstance were ripe, a further determined attempt would be made to ‘nationalise’ not only medicine but other suitable professions as well. For some 14 to 15 years now the Labour Party election manifesto has contained a proposition to abolish private beds. Now they see their opportunity.

May 1966

Voluntary registration of titles

No one can doubt the magnitude of the task which lies ahead if all the built-up areas of England and Wales are to be subject to the compulsory registration system by mid-summer 1973. The pressures upon the staff of the Chief Land Registrar are bound to be considerable.