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Working group divided on solution to SIF crisis

TWO members of the working group set up by the Law Society to solve the crisis at the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) have attacked the group’s proposal to stick with a compulsory mutual fund. Instead, in their own minority report, Edward Coulson, a partner at Hammond Suddards, and George Ritchie, of Freshfields, have called on […]

Banking business builds a busier Bar

Negligent advice, housing repossessions and the legal complexities surrounding demutualisations are creating a growing workload for barristers in banking & finance. Barristers in banking and finance work are finding life busy, although most admit that competition with law firms for the work is greater than ever. ‘A lot of solicitors are trying to retain as […]

Legal aid review poses threat to justice

Terry Lee questions the serious implications of Lord Irvine’s vision of a ‘brave new world’ for civil justice and the legal aid system, and deplores the effect it is likely to have on litigation. Terry Lee is a partner at Evill and Coleman. The legal profession has responded with enormous concern to the Lord Chancellor’s […]

In brief: Dibbs poached recruits rises to 12

Dibb Lupton Alsop is to take two more lawyers from Birmingham rival Edge & Ellison, bringing the number who have moved across to Dibbs in the past year to a dozen. They are banking associate Brian Woodcock, who joins Dibbs as partner and regional head of banking replacing Tim Travers who left for Wragge & […]

Nurturing a quality IT team

With the IT job market undergoing a period of exceptional buoyancy, Craig Coverman suggests ways of preventing your IT team leaving the fold. If you are a law firm IT director or manager, you face challenging times hanging on to your staff. Keeping quality staff starts with the salary and fringe benefits provided. Salaries have […]

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