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Geoff Gray Inquest: Coroner returns a conclusion of ‘suicide’

By Rebecca de Hoest The long-running second inquest into the death of Private Geoff Gray at Deepcut Barracks ended yesterday when HH Peter Rook QC[1] returned a conclusion of suicide. Geoff was only 17 years old when he was found dead from gunshot wounds in the grounds of the Officers’ Mess at approximately 01.10 hours […]

Webinar: Manage DSAR challenges through workflow optimisation and automation

When: June 25, 2019 | 4pm London/BST When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on 25 May 2018, it eliminated the cost barrier for an individual to submit a Data Subject Access Request (DSAR), potentially increasing the burden on organisations required to provide the results, and all in a tighter timeline. This […]

Legal Design Thinking Breakfast – New York

Date: Wednesday 10th JulyTime: 8.30 – 10.00amVenue: Cafe CentroThe use of automation and self-service applications is becoming a popular choice for legal departments today but how do you go about implementing these tools in your organisation? Where do you begin and what should the process look like? Join Neota Logic and your peers for an informative breakfast roundtable session at Hawksmoor where you […]

Predictive coding in eDisclosure – what is it and how to use it

Predictive coding is frequently suggested as a way to empower legal teams and other subject matter experts to focus their time on the details that are core to the case. What is sometimes unclear for those receiving these suggestions, however, is how predictive coding actually works, or how it can be used e ectively in […]

Geoff Gray Inquest: PFD report directed at the Chief Coroner

In what must be a coronial first an assistant coroner has issued a ‘PFD report’ directed at the Chief Coroner suggesting he may be able to take action himself to prevent future deaths by issuing guidance to coroners regarding post-mortem investigations after shooting cases. On 20 June 2019 HH Peter Rook QC concluded the second […]

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Challenge to tree preservation

The owner of Bicknor Wood, which covers 8.5 acres near Maidstone, is challenging a High Court decision upholding revocation of consent to fell trees, which had been made the subject of an earlier tree preservation order. The consent was revoked on the basis that because of the felling that had already taken place, the area […]

Booth forces Bar Council to back down over suspensions

LEGAL advice from Cherie Booth QC has forced the Bar Council into an embarrassing climbdown over its plans to suspend barristers who have requalified as solicitors. About 400 dual-qualified barristers were suspended on 1 May and told they must refer to themselves as “suspended from practice as a barrister as a result of becoming qualified […]

Herbert Smith abandons FirmControl

HERBERT Smith is replacing the Resolution Systems practice management system it bought in 1994 with a rival package produced by US company CMS Data. The firm began installing CMS Data’s Open system at the start of the year and has set an October deadline for its full installation. Herbert Smith was the first City firm […]

Over here – in partnership

Rivalry between US and UK law firms is giving way to co-operation and the formation of MNPs, says Richard Tyler. “There are some real awkward Americans out there,” remarks one senior partner of a UK firm. But with US firms like Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Weil Gotshal & Manges pioneering cross-cultural fertilisation as they […]

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