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


Legal Harmony 2015: The Essex Court choir


The story behind the formation of the Essex Court Choir begins at a dinner for Gordon Pollock QC in February 2014, held to commemorate his 20 years’ service as head of chambers.


'Harry Potter' lawyer Lord Harley to face Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

25-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

A lawyer criticised for appearing in court looking like “something out of Harry Potter” is to be hauled up in front of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) in November.

Grays Inn

4-5 Gray's Inn Square hits 800 per cent growth since 39 Essex exodus

25-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Public and commercial set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has grown by 800 per cent in three years since a mass exodus by members to 39 Essex threatened to close its doors.

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Litigation News

High Court

Clydes litigator exits for Signature citing 'RBS litigation conflicts'

6-Oct-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Clyde & Co litigator Julian Connerty has exited for Signature Litigation over conflict issues related to RBS’s £4bn shareholder battle.

Law Society

SRA to battle dual claims over dealings with 'Harry Potter' lawyer Blacker

5-Oct-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The profession’s watchdog is to fight two opposing claims over whether it should disclose details of a closed investigation into ‘Harry Potter’ lawyer Alan Blacker.

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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

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We can work it out: litigation special report

5-Oct-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

Fear of social media-borne reputational damage, cost considerations and judicial pressure are all boosting the uptake of alternative dispute resolution.

James Jack Travellers

Darkness and light: professional indemnity insurance and cyber crime

21-Sep-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

The threat of cyber crime and big law firms’ increasingly global ambitions will shape PII in the next five years.

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