Simon Myerson

Referral fees and why we should hate them

20-Feb-2014

Referral fees are banned. The Bar Council’s new code of conduct explicitly states that barristers must not “pay or receive referral fees”, and additionally “making or receiving payments in order to procure or reward the referral…may also breach public trust.”

Katie Dowell

The bar must fight for its survival

16-Sep-2013 | By Katy Dowell

Despite having commercialisation thrust upon it, the bar lags almost every other profession in terms of modernity.

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The Bar Professional Training Course: overpriced and redundant

8-Mar-2013

The Bar Professional Training Course is not fit for today’s requirements, argues pupil barrister Greg Callus.

Derrick Dale QC

Fountain Court's Derrick Dale QC on his first two years as silk

28-Feb-2013

Fountain Court’s Derrick Dale QC talks about his first two years as silk.

Bar News

Supreme Court

Supreme Court to examine scope of solicitor's duty

16-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Supreme Court is to examine the scope of a solicitor’s duty and whether they are legally required to warn clients about commercial risks.

Rohan Pershad QC

CoA dismisses silk VAT appeal but criticises judge's handling of the case

10-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A senior criminal judge has been criticised over his handling of a trial last year, which led to the conviction of former 39 Essex Street barrister Rohan Pershad QC.

Royal Courts of Justice

SFO slammed over "flawed" security for costs action as Tchenguiz defence bill rockets

9-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) could rack up legal bills of more than £18.5m defending claims totalling £300m from the Tchenguiz brothers, Robert and Vincent.

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Litigation News

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Liquidators of Madoff fund receive Privy Council blow in key ruling

17-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The liquidators of Bernard L. Madoff feeder fund Fairfield Sentry, represented by British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm Forbes Hare and Macfarlanes, have lost two key points before the Privy Council in an important judgment.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court to examine scope of solicitor's duty

16-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Supreme Court is to examine the scope of a solicitor’s duty and whether they are legally required to warn clients about commercial risks.

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Bar Analysis

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Pressure points

14-Apr-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Bar Barometer fails to define the diversity battleground

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Silks 2014: The QC stories

10-Mar-2014 | By Katy Dowell

Successful QC applicants are at a three-year high. Encouraging stuff for the next silk round?

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Barclays ready for battle over Dewey debts

5-Mar-2014 | By Kate Beioley

It is now two years since the collapse of mammoth firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. But the next chapter in the story of its dramatic spiral into crisis is about to emerge in lurid technicolour following a High Court trial last week.

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Litigation Analysis

Corruption perceptions

Risk: Tales of the frontier

14-Apr-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

A new breed of lawyer is smoothing the path for companies entering emerging or unstable jurisdictions 

James Eadie

Litigation: The Supersilks

24-Mar-2014 | By Katy Dowell

As well as the famous ‘Treasury Devil’ James Eadie, a select few QCs form the Supreme Court’s star line-up

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Judgment Call

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Judgment call: 2 December

2-Dec-2013

Arbitration 

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Judgment call 11 November

11-Nov-2013

Administration of justice PNM v (1) Times Newspapers Ltd; (2) Andrew Norfolk; (3) Newsquest (Oxfordshire and Wiltshire); (4) Ben Wilkinson Ltd 2013 WL 5338213 QBD Tugendhat J. 22 October 2013 In cases of alleged sexual abuse, a newspaper seeking to report a trial and the wider issues emerging from it could rely on the principle that reporting might encourage more witnesses to come forward without having any evidence ...

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