Opinion – Page 11

  • Letters
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    It’s a dog’s life

    27 November 2017

    There seems to be an increasing trend to take your pooch to the office. Indeed, one firm boasts as many as three office dogs on its website.

  • Letters
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    No complaints

    27 November 2017

    With regard to the SRA register of disciplinary sanctions, perhaps the regulator would also open a register of all our (very justified) criticisms of its operation.

  • Letters
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    A private function

    20 November 2017

    To deny the seriously injured the right to choose private treatment would grossly undermine the most important aim of compensation

  • Letters
    Opinion

    ​Courts not fit for purpose

    20 November 2017

    System is grinding to a halt.

  • Letters
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    ​Blame game

    20 November 2017

    I suppose it rarely crosses the minds of property or commercial lawyers that they may create enmities sufficient to provoke violence. For criminal lawyers, there is the reassurance that they are on the side of those who might harbour and carry out violent acts. For the family lawyer it ...

  • Monidipa Fouzder
    Opinion

    A judge should have the final say over a child's fate

    2017-11-19T14:27:00Z

    Should the worst happen to me, I would rather a judge, than my mum, decide what is in my best interests.

  • James ward hi res
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    Wet signatures protect against fraud and abuse

    2017-11-15T14:40:00Z

    Let’s make lasting powers of attorney easier - but we must be mindful of the risks involved.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    ​Flexible hours can’t always work

    13 November 2017

    Proposals to increase the diversity of the profession are sometimes incompatible with the day-to-day realities of legal practice

  • Letters
    Opinion

    ​Who speaks for me?

    13 November 2017

    Diversity is obviously commendable, but what about the working-class white male?

  • Letters
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    ​In good health

    13 November 2017

    Firms taking the lead with increasing mental health awareness.

  • Letters
    Opinion

    ​Closing time

    13 November 2017

    Eduardo Reyes makes a number of valid points in ‘ How to close a law firm ’. In my experience, it is never too soon for smaller firms to address this issue because by doing so their exit options are massively increased. I recommend that all firms give ...

  • Helena Milner-Smith
    Opinion

    National pro bono week: defending our children

    2017-11-08T00:13:00Z

    Pro bono support for child defence can help start them on a new journey.

  • Joshua Rozenberg
    Opinion

    Courts are failing children

    6 November 2017

    Sir James Munby is using his final months as family court president to urge radical reform of justice for under-18s.

  • Letters
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    ​Purple lifeboat holed

    6 November 2017

    The ‘real’ daily rate for a deputy district judge has effectively made the role an expensive hobby. If this continues standards will only fall

  • Letters
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    ​Mediation misunderstood

    6 November 2017

    I read with interest John Hyde’s ‘ The mediation dilemma ’. I retired from private practice in April to focus on my mediation practice. I have seen mediation from two perspectives – that of the solicitor advising his client and then as mediator. I am not sure that some lawyers ...

  • Letters
    Opinion

    Arrest report

    6 November 2017

    The Home Office recently reported that the total number of arrests has fallen from 1.5 million in 2008 to 779,660 in 2017 (a total drop of 48%). In fairness to the police, it should be acknowledged that making an arrest is not a prerequisite for an offence to be properly ...

  • Letters
    Opinion

    Rethink Part II

    6 November 2017

    I have recently been invited to comment on whether the standard of proof needed to strike a solicitor off the roll should be changed. Am I entirely alone in wondering whether the law (as gradually applied by amendments to the Solicitors Act 1974, and as applied by the ...

  • Letters
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    ​People power – the new normal

    30 October 2017

    Law firms that put intellectual capital before personal gain should be applauded. Accepting a lower return is a price worth paying

  • Letters
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    Chain reaction

    30 October 2017

    ‘Blockchain deal bodes ill for conveyancers’, the Gazette reported on 16 October . At their own risk, parties can always bypass solicitors and, for example, prepare their own transfer deed, so it is surprising the Gazette devotes space to this. Neil Singer seems not to understand the ...

  • Letters
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    Heavy price of 'efficiency'

    30 October 2017

    One of the reasons why the defence solicitor son of your recent correspondent is ‘paid a pittance’ ( letters , 16 October) may be the profession’s lemming-like acceptance of so-called ‘franchising’ and the time-limited criminal contracts in the late 1990s. Such unthinking acceptance eliminated local independence and competition. It ...