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Sand the juniors

Running through the list of barristers who practise in intellectual property, virtually all the juniors at the leading sets of Three and 8 New Square and 11 South Square win praise. But as with silks there are still not enough new names coming up through the ranks to meet the demand in this ever-growing practice […]

Best of the silks

Business is booming at the intellectual property Bar and big names, as well as newer silks, are in great demand – though generally concentrated within three sets. These are Three New Square, headed by David Young QC, the “charming and delightful” Michael Fysh QC’s chambers at 8 New Square and 11 South Square where Christopher […]

'Pay to play' vote

The ABA’s ruling House of Delegates has deferred a proposal to ban lawyers who make campaign donations to officials from doing government work. The proposal had been drawn up by a task force on the practice, known as “pay to play”, whereby lawyers allegedly make donations in order to get work.

A historic art with a bright future

The Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine argues that today, a new type of advocacy is needed for a reformed justice system. More than 40 years ago, Norman Birkett argued that advocacy was the art of persuasion and presentation – an observation, he noted, that the Roman rhetorician Quintilian had originally made some 1800 years before. In […]

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