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Special report

This week, in the wake of Lord Irvines Cardiff speech, The Lawyer is running a special report on his plans for legal aid reform. In the first of five features (see panel) examining their implications, Chris Fogarty highlights the particular threat to the Bar. Having softened up the Bar by sparking off the fat cat […]

Liverpool magistrate protests at inefficiencies

A STIPENDIARY magistrate sitting at Liverpools City Magistrates Court halted proceedings to vent his frustration at the courts inefficiency. This court does not provide an efficient public service, stormed Paul Firth. The time has come for someone to make a public stand. His outburst was provoked by a string of administrative failures at the courthouse, […]

In brief: Scottish Law Society meets Liddell

A Law Society of Scotland delegation met Helen Liddell, economic secretary to the Treasury, last week in a bid to retain the regulation of those of its members who provide financial advice. As The Lawyer revealed in May, Liddell is seriously considering allowing the planned all-embracing financial regulator Newro to take over regulation of solicitors […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy was born in Tramore, Ireland in 1943. He is head of the commercial litigation department at Edward Lewis. What was your first job? Throwing out drunks from an Irish pub then attempting to get them back in again when business got slack. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u4 10s/-, […]

Paris firm scores a first with takeover of London practice

Paris-based Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn has become the first Continental firm to move into UK law, by swallowing up 50-lawyer Holborn practice Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer. The merged firm, to be called Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn HRK locally but dropping the HRK outside the UK, will have about 200 lawyers, a quarter of them based […]

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