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In brief: Five Scottish advocates become QCs

The Rt Hon Lord James Douglas-Hamilton MP was one of five Scottish advocates appointed QC last week. Conservative MP for Edinburgh West, Douglas-Hamilton, is a minister of state at the Scottish Office. He was recently appointed Privy Councillor and is an advocate, although he has not practised for a number of years. Respected criminal specialists […]


Kings Bench Walk opens up Chelmsford chambers

John Malpas reports The set of David Cocks QC, 5 King’s Bench Walk, has made its first excursion out of London with the opening of an annex in Chelmsford. The annex will be used as a primary base for around ten criminal practitioners, including three Silks, whose practice is predominantly based in East Anglia. Tenant […]

Death to the standard fees plan

“Let’s kill all the lawyers.” The Lord Chancellor may not have said this as such but the proposed model for Civil Standard Fees for Advocates, which landed on our desks last week, has a murderous quality. If the proposals are implemented without major alteration, I have no doubt that many barristers will be tempted to […]

Nabarros marketing director resigns

Nabarro Nathanson has taken advantage of the departure of its marketing director, Kevin Wheeler, to announce a “reappraisal” of its marketing strategy. After two years developing the marketing strategy at Nabarros, Wheeler is leaving to embark on a project at venture capital firm Sinven. Since his appointment at Nabarros, Wheeler has led a number of […]

Complaints balancing act

You are right to say (The Lawyer 23 July) that the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors has a steep task ahead in turning round the public’s perception of bias towards solicitors. You could equally well have referred to the difficulty of reversing the profession’s perception of bias in favour of clients. Of course solicitors […]

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