The Law Society Gazette, 13 December 2007

Solicitor-advocates can don wigs from New Year

Solicitor-advocates will be able to wear wigs in court from the New Year, the lord chief justice has announced. A practice direction will permit solicitors and other advocates to wear wigs in circumstances where they are worn by members of the bar. Law Society president Andrew Holroyd said: ‘Advocates who appear before the court to represent any party must be heard by the court on equal terms and treated even-handedly.’ 

3 December 1997

Setback for CPS shake-up

Labour’s shake-up of the Crown Prosecution Service has suffered a serious setback, it emerged last week in a House of Commons written answer. The attorney general, John Morris QC, admitted that it would be premature to appoint 24 new chief Crown prosecutors – recruited on the orders of Director of Public Prosecutions Dame Barbara Mills – at this stage in the reorganisation, which would divide England and Wales into 42 areas. 

2 December 1987

Solicitors respond to greater public demand

Free legal advice, out of hours work and home visits are just a few of the ways solicitors are attempting to meet growing public demand for legal services, according to a new Law Society report which examines the delivery of solicitors’ services in private practice. Pressure on legal aid, the loss of the conveyancing monopoly and the new publicity code have encouraged solicitors to develop new areas of work. 

December 1967

See a solicitor – leaflet displays 

In the three months which have elapsed since the first issue of leaflets took place, there has been steady and growing demand from the profession for further supplies. The initial issue was free, and a dispenser with 25 copies of each title went to the office of every firm of solicitors in England and Wales. It has been argued, and rightly, that the waiting room of a solicitor’s office is not the ideal point of display for the leaflets, because, in a sense, at that point they are preaching to the converted.

December 1947

Christmas in Germany

An appeal for Christmas gifts for 50 German children, sons and daughters of German lawyers, comes to us from the Ministry of Justice Control Branch of the British Zone in Germany. The children are all under the age of 15 and their parents, who come from all parts of Germany, are working under conditions of appalling difficulty and often far from home in what is in effect the Ministry of Justice in the British Zone.