The Lawyer Africa Elite 2014 features an in-depth look at 46 leading independent firms’ strategies in 15 key sub-Saharan jurisdictions, as well as the views of in-house counsel from some of Africa’s largest companies... Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
The Lord Chancellor, in his White Paper on legal aid, has neatly sidestepped the real issue in his quest to impose strict budgetary control on the system. Access to justice has taken a back seat to be replaced by the simple issue of cost.
The only clear winner in this White Paper is the Government. Not only does the paper contain plans to make legally aided clients pay a minimum contribution, it also de facto minimises choice of solicitor for the client. With only 3,000 or so franchised suppliers, access to justice in the practical sense is limited. This paper, as feared, has gone down the path of cost cutting at the expense of all other considerations. The issue is opening up access, not restricting it.