Dr Steven Vaughan

Diversity and the profession: a reply to Lord Sumption


Last night, Lord Sumption, a Justice of the Supreme Court, was trending on Twitter. This, I think, was a first. The furore was linked to an interview given by Lord Sumption to the Evening Standard.

Eleni Polycarpou

Court fee hike will drive increase in arbitration


Higher fees are likely to drive litigants away from the court and into alternative means of resolving disputes.

Ben Douglas-Jones

Conspiring to redefine conspiracy to defraud


Company directors who design and pursue a lawful transaction designed to remove from the company hefty future obligations do not conspire to defraud those who might be financially affected by their doing so.


Can barristers sing? A soprano's verdict


Soprano Sarah Gabriel will be singing with the Bar Choral Society in November. She decided to check them out in advance…


Switching sides - from the bar to a law firm


Making the move from the bar to a law firm can be a culture shock.

Bar News

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20 Essex Street hires energy silk Nardell QC from 39 Essex

23-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

20 Essex Street has hired energy and European disputes silk and former Eversheds lawyer Gordon Nardell QC from 39 Essex.


Rolls-Royce promotes Gregory to GC as Webb returns to Brick Court

20-Nov-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Rolls-Royce has promoted its head of legal Mark Gregory to the role of general counsel, with former legal chief Robert Webb QC set to rejoin Brick Court Chambers as an arbitrator.


Stone Chambers downsizes Singapore office

19-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Stone Chambers is seeing the departure of Singapore-based barrister Steven Walker as silk Andrew Moran moves to associate tenancy.

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Litigation News

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Bircham Dyson Bell defeats negligence claim despite court's criticism of "sloppy" work

25-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Bircham Dyson Bell has successfully defended a professional negligence claim brought against it by a property developer client despite the firm admitting breach of duty in the High Court.

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Fieldfisher hit with €28k damages after tribunal rules it unfairly dismissed Paris secretary

24-Nov-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Fieldfisher has been ordered to pay damages and costs totalling €28,454 (£20,000) after a Paris employment tribunal found it had unfairly dismissed a secretary from its office in the French capital.

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Bar Analysis

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The Lawyer Awards 2015: the shortlist revealed


The judging for The Lawyer Awards 2015 in association with Travelers is complete – here is the shortlist. 

Scales of Justice

Litigation – A travesty of justice?

23-Mar-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Proponents of reforms to judicial review claim they will deter ‘frivolous’ cases but the legal profession is worried about the effect on access to justice. 


The Hot 100 2015: The bar


Laying the groundwork for an Ebola vaccine, throwing a lifeline to British manufacturing and holding Government to account for exceeded pollution limits – some of the inspirational stunts pulled off by this year’s A-listers. 

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Litigation Analysis


Special report: Offshore cases: Q3 2015


A Chinese battle concerning its African operations and some big insolvencies have been keeping lawyers busy. Meanwhile, the Tchenguiz row rumbles on.


E-discovery special report: In darker waters


With the Safe Harbour framework crumbling and ‘shadow IT’ the new normal, the world of e-discovery and data risk is changing rapidly

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