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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.
Dean of BPP Peter Crisp and I spent yesterday afternoon reading essays and interviewing three finalists in the Lawyer2B/BPP essay competition. The three finalists, who strangely all had links to Nottingham, one had studied there, one was born there and one had changed his name to Robin Hood [yes, it is a long story], were vying for a free LPC place.
All impressed and the decision was a difficult one - although perhaps not as difficult as the rather philosophical questions Peter was posing, such as ’what is justice?’ and ’what is a lawyer’s role in society?’
The answers were illuminating, but you will have to wait until the Summer edition of Lawyer2B to read the winning entries on whether the city can act ethically and whether or how it can be effectively regulated.
On the theme of justice, this week Lord Justice Toulson reinforced the need for transparency in the courts in his ’open justice’ ruling in favour of The Guardian and against the US Government.
Referring to domestic interference with the courts, he said: “Parliament should not be taken to have legislated so as to limit or control the way in which the court decides such a question unless the language of the statute makes it plain beyond possible doubt that this was Parliament’s intention.”
Meanwhile, on the theme of ethics, University College London has snapped up well-known academic Professor Richard Moorhead to chair its centre for ethics and law. See the story here.
Elsewhere, it emerged that Reed Smith is rolling out a bespoke masters in business in partnership with BPP Law School to run alongside the LPC. For more details see here.