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A MAJOR Liberal Democrat policy paper on legal reform is to be unveiled at the House of Commons next week. The paper, to be called Access to Justice, will provide a benchmark for lawyers ass-essing the different approach of the three major parties to law reform. It has been produced by the Liberal Democrat Lawyers […]

QCs slug it out for Bar vice-chair

TOP criminal advocate Anne Rafferty QC is understood to be in the running for the vice-chairmanship of the Bar. She is among four QCs believed to be fighting for the nomination. Rafferty, of 4 Brick Court, has been chair of the 2,000-member Criminal Bar Association since May and served on the Royal Commission on Criminal […]

Mears defeated over Lowe's pay-off

MARTIN Mears’ bid to veto Solicitors Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe’s pay-off has been blocked by the Law Society Council in the first major defeat of his presidency. There was speculation that John Hayes might resign if Mears’ resolution to “examine” the pay-off of around £80,000 agreed by the secretary general had been passed. Mears […]

Europe set for liability ruling

EUROPE could institute a community-wide ruling on limited liability if proposals before the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) prove fruitful. The details emerged at the International Bar Association’s (IBA) 12th Biennial Conference on the section on business law in Paris last week. Member states vary in their approach to […]

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