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Judges, not HMCTS, will have “final say” on video hearings

21 March 2019

Judges are “embedded” in all the projects that make up the £1bn court modernisation programme and whether hearings are held by video or person will always be a matter of judicial discretion.


Solicitors permanently disqualified as charity trustees

21 March 2019

Two solicitors fined by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last summer have now been permanently disqualified as trustees by the Charity Commission in an unrelated matter.


Jailed paedophile barrister disbarred

21 March 2019

A barrister jailed for 20 years after pleading guilty to 37 charges relating to child sexual abuse has been disbarred. John Guess, called in 2000, had been a lawyer for the Welsh government.


Brexit will create “colossal body of law”, Lord Reed predicts

21 March 2019

Brexit will create a “colossal body of law for lawyers to get their teeth into”, the deputy president of the Supreme Court, has predicted in wide-ranging evidence given to peers yesterday with the president.


SRA finally names the day when new rulebook comes into force

20 March 2019

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new rulebook will come into force some six months later than originally expected. Meanwhile, it has unveiled a new push to check firms’ anti-money laundering compliance.


“Some lawyers have been suffering from GDPR fever”

20 March 2019

Some lawyers have been suffering from “GDPR fever” over the past year and given bad advice based on limited knowledge or too cautious an approach, a leading data protection law specialist has warned.


Susskind: Lawyers wrong to think technology cannot replace them

20 March 2019

Lawyers are wrong to think that there are tasks beyond technology that only they can carry out, Professor Richard Susskind has warned. He urged lawyers to help build the machines, not compete with them.


Some conveyancers “too close to developer clients”, MPs warn

19 March 2019

Some conveyancing solicitors have become “too close to developers” and do not put their clients’ interests first, MPs claimed today. They suggested solicitors should part-fund compensation for mis-sold leases.


Turnover and profits down at bullish NAHL

19 March 2019

Revenue and profits were down last year at NAHL plc, the company behind National Accident Helpline and owner of three alternative business structures, its annual results showed today.


Research presses case to offer legal advice alongside healthcare

19 March 2019

Providing legal advice services in healthcare settings can both improve access to advice and support health services to manage non-clinical demand, but current provision in 380 centres is poorly funded.

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20 March 2019

Why law firms should be a true meritocracy

Back in the day, when I entered the legal profession, an age of the Telex and elephantine batteries operating mobile phones, most articled clerks, as they then were, eyed achieving equity status. That was expected.

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