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.
Marital relations. It is now even easier to get divorced, following the example of Mike Carson of Manchester - the first person to complete his divorce over the internet. Carson and his wife Brenda were embroiled in divorce proceedings for nine years before he discovered Desktop Lawyer, run by Epoch Software. Carson downloaded the relevant documents to finalise his divorce for just £60.
The cost of justice. The Home Office has published figures showing that crown court trials, at £17,500 per day, cost on average 10 times more than magistrates court trials, which are priced at £1,700.
The public trust office. Lord Irvine is disbanding it after a scathing Whitehall review. MPs found the office, which looks after the cash of mentally ill and disabled people, unable to handle their own affairs, has lost thousands of pounds in poor investments. Some £10m held by the office from cases dating from as far back as 1726 is unclaimed because of the way the office has registered its information.