6 August 2018
I am compelled to write in respect of the state of the courts.
Max Hill QC brings immense experience to one of the most unenviable jobs in law.
30 July 2018
I am conscious that the profession will be asking what steps the Law Society Criminal Law Committee has taken in relation to the current unused material debacle.
The latest ONS Crime in England and Wales bulletin shows an alarming increase in knife crime.
It is positive that the government is reviewing the availability of legal aid to ensure bereaved families can fully participate in their loved one’s inquest.
While some might see the MoJ response to the justice select committee on PI reform as a stay of execution, it only served to highlight the government’s single-minded approach.
23 July 2018
As a long-retired solicitor I was approached recently by an old friend and client. He wanted to know what the words ‘safe keeping’ meant. I was intrigued and he explained.
I only passed three O-levels when I took them at 16 (in 1965).
The SRA has announced that the Compensation Fund levy for firms will be increased.
When I enter my offices I see doors marked ‘COLP’, ‘COFA’, ‘MLRO’ and the recently added ‘DPO’.
9 July 2018
The basis for PI reform is completely without merit, yet the government has been intransigent.
The other day, as I paid a visit to the old firm, a sepulchral calm appeared to have descended on the family department.
‘Slow to anger, swift to praise.’ The line from Tennyson came to mind on having learned of past-president Paul Marsh’s death.
When in practice, I occasionally received responses to letters from French avocats, who began their response with ‘Chere Maître’.
2 July 2018
The Crown Commercial Service’s recently launched tendering process for legal services to the ‘wider public service’.
My firm does not have a website and neither does it intend to do so.
The Judicial Appointments Commission and the system for appointment of QCs have both been infected by leftist policy.
What’s not to like about the new Gazette ?
25 June 2018
Justice has long argued that the compensation regime for wrongful convictions is inadequate.
Private prosecutions offer an important alternative for obtaining justice.
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