Wigs

Switching sides - from the bar to a law firm

21-Aug-2014

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

Cat Griffiths index

A distinctive future for the bar

4-Aug-2014

The bar is changing, but is it moving quickly enough?

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.

Bar News

London

Doughty Street public law exits mount post-Jackson as Paul Bowen QC moves to Brick Court

19-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Doughty Street has lost another public law silk with the exit of Paul Bowen QC to Brick Court, just months after a five-barrister team left Doughty Street for Monckton Chambers.

High Court

Ex-Times lawyer Brett cleared of knowingly misleading the court but found to have acted 'recklessly'

19-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

The High Court has cleared Times lawyer Alastair Brett of “knowingly” misleading the court but found he had acted “recklessly” in revealing the identity of the ‘NightJack’ blogger when head of legal for the Times.

Battle

Clyde & Co drafted in by RBS shareholders for potential class action

16-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Clyde & Co partner Julian Connerty is advising a group of shareholders planning to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for allegedly forcing small companies out of business through its global restructuring group (GRG). 

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Litigation News

Roome

The Akin deal is done, but what of the five Bingham refuseniks?

19-Sep-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The much anticipated tie-up between Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Bingham McCutcheon’s London office closes only one chapter of speculation over the fate of the US firm.

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Quinn Emanuel makes 'work on a beach' associate scheme permanent

19-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has permanently rolled out its scheme offering associates $2,000 to work anywhere in the world for a week.

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Bar Analysis

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The bar 2020: Divide and rule

4-Aug-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Jackson, legal aid cuts and pressure on fees have put the bar on course for a fractured future where commercial stars race ahead and others hit a dead end

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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?

Storm

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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Litigation funding peer panel: Beyond acceptance

15-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

Third-party funding is gaining credibility and more firms are willing to get in on the provider act, developing the market further

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Special Report: Environment – Air pressure

1-Sep-2014 | By Kate Beioley

A fight to take the UK to task for breaching air pollution limits has reached Europe’s highest court, but such action could be harder to achieve in future

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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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