The Law Society Gazette, 5 July 2007 

ABS drive is ‘threat’ to quality of advice

Legal professionals fear that alternative business structures (ABSs) – a key element of the Legal Services Bill – will compromise the quality of legal advice, according to a report to be published this week. It found that nearly three quarters of those questioned agreed that ‘the quality of legal advice dispensed by legal professionals could be compromised’. 

Gazette 2 July 1997

Parties complete legal line-up

The new Conservative leader, William Hague, has appointed Lord Kingsland, leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament from 1987 to 1994, as shadow lord chancellor. Kingsland said he expected his role to involve a mix of constitutional issues and matters more directly affecting the legal profession, such as the Woolf reforms and legal aid. He thought the new lord chancellor, Lord Irvine, would be ‘very conservative’. 

Gazette 1 July 1987

Lawyers call for housing justice

A better deal from the courts for landlords and tenants is called for in a new report from the Law Society, ‘Justice for Housing’. Gerald Newman, solicitor at the Law Society, said: ‘The government is to have special regard for the inner cities and the housing problems they face. These problems are therefore a priority for the civil justice system.’

Gazette July 1967

Solicitors’ remuneration

In the February issue, you described a suggestion that statutory controls might be removed from solicitors’ remuneration in the foreseeable future as ‘revolutionary’. But this is really not so. The City of London Solicitors’ Company has consistently urged the removal of control by the statutory committee, only a minority of whom consist of practising solicitors.

Gazette July 1957

Annual General Meeting

A new development in our work has been to start, at the government’s request and of course expense, an American divorce department to provide legal aid for British wives in this country of United States servicemen and ex-servicemen, commonly known, I believe, as ‘GI brides’, where such wives are defendants in matrimonial proceedings started against them in the United States.