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.

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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

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SFO settles Tchenguiz battle for £4.5m

31-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has agreed a £1.5m out of court settlement with Robert Tchenguiz, bringing a final close to its £300m battle with the two brothers.

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Supreme Court calls time on Greek yoghurt food fight

30-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Supreme Court has sided with the makers of Total yoghurt, Fage, in refusing US rival Chobani permission to appeal the definition of Greek yoghurt.

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CoA orders Sebastian Holdings to pay $250m to Deutsche Bank or lose appeal

30-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Court of Appeal has threatened to strike out Travers Smith client Sebastian Holdings’ (SHI) appeal against Deutsche Bank unless it pays over $250m to the bank.

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Litigation News

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Mishcon faces £66k damages bill after banker's prof neg claim

31-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Mishcon de Reya will pay over £66,000 in damages and interest to a former client after partially losing a professional negligence case in the High Court.

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SFO settles Tchenguiz battle for £4.5m

31-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has agreed a £1.5m out of court settlement with Robert Tchenguiz, bringing a final close to its £300m battle with the two brothers.

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Bar Analysis

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Panel punch-up: DWF and the panel-place High Court case

11-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

What do you do when you fail to win a panel place for reasons you think are “inexplicable”? Sue?

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The cruel bar training conundrum

12-May-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Kaplan ditching its BPTC shows why a rethink is needed to maintain quality

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Funding fail: Argentum exits Association of Litigation Funders

30-Apr-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A storm is brewing in the litigation funding market as questions are raised over the source of Argentum’s financial capital. Now the funder has exited the Association of Litigation Funders. Reporter Kate Beioley investigates.

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Litigation Analysis

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Special report: E-disclosure – Trials and tribulations

28-Jul-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The Jackson reforms have left litigators negotiating the line between over and under-disclosure, while some are using the confusion as a strategic device

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Offshore: Deals and cases Q2 2014

21-Jul-2014

The latest offshore deals comprise a few firsts, including a groundbreaking hybrid mutual in Bermuda and the largest ever catastrophe bond issuance

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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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