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It was good to see the Law Society firing on all cylinders in its report ‘Design for the future’ in the legal aid debate. The issue of barristers’ fees attracted media attention to the area. But the society’s raft of “principled but pragmatic” proposals are worthy of greater consideration than they are ever going to […]

From despair to where?

As UK universities churn out law graduates at a far greater rate than the profession can handle, many would-be lawyers ask whether the needs of students and trainees are adequately represented by the Law Society. Each year approximately 7,000 people graduate from the Legal Practice Course (LPC) while students face the dismal prospect of competing […]

Ruling sparks care scare

COUNCIL lawyers throughout the country have begun examining a key High Court ruling amid fears that they face a legal challenge over the hiving off of residential care homes. They are worried that the judgement, which halts Wandsworth Council’s privatisation programme, may be turned against them. Wandsworth, the south London Tory flagship borough, wants to […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Gary Philpott

Gary Philpott has recently become a partner in the Property Services Department of Bristol-based firm Veale Wasbrough. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and an Associate of the Institute of Indirect Taxation. What was your first job? Electrical Goods Salesman (Saturdays only) What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? […]

Law Soc pre-empts 'useless' claims with communications shake-up

A LAW Society shake-up to improve links with the profession coincides with a Welsh assault on its communications department. The department has been described as a “useless administrative wart” by one disgruntled public relations officer. The Associated Law Societies of Wales has passed resolutions calling for the “curtailment” of centralised public relations activities and the […]

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