By Bridget Dolan QC Jordan v The Chief Constable of the PSNI  NICA 61. 15 November 2019 (judgment here) The latest instalment of the long running Pearse Jordan inquest saga provides an important warning to all coroners and other public bodies involved in Article 2 investigations where there is delay in coming to inquest […]
By Bridget Dolan QC R (Lee) v HM Assistant Coroner for Sunderland  EWHC 3227 (Admin) 12.9.19 (judgment here) Regular readers of our blog will recall this case dealing with the tricky issue of whether Art 2 obligations are engaged when a person dies whilst receiving psychiatric care in the community. (See the earlier blog […]
By Bridget Dolan QC Namiq v Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust  EWCA (14.2.20) judgment here Readers of this blogger’s generation will already know that the answer to the Meaning of Life is 42. The Court of Appeal have now addressed a question too momentous for even Douglas Adams to tackle – what is the […]
By Bridget Dolan QC R (Lewis) v Senior Coroner for North West Kent  EWHC (12 February 2020) judgment here A coroner who chooses not to give reasons for a controversial decision may as well hand the aggreived interested person their acknowledgement of service for the forthcoming judicial review claim along with the record of […]
By Elliot Gold Statutory guidance on what police need to do under the Stalking Protection Act 2010, which introduced Stalking Protection Orders. The Home Office states that this is statutory guidance on how to approach applying for a Stalking Protection Order and that the information may also help those working for other criminal justice agencies, […]
Artificial intelligence, cloud computing, software as a service (SaaS), machine learning. Just a few of the most commonly heard terms associated with the raft of new technologies now disrupting the legal industry. But, no matter your enthusiasm or ambition, successfully implementing new technology and ensuring its adoption can be a huge challenge. Many projects end […]
By Mark J. Forte At this time of great uncertainty, we hope it is useful to offer you an update on the operation of the BVI litigation market. The BVI Commercial Court has introduced proactive measures to ensure minimal interruption to its operations, whilst ensuring public health is not jeopardized. BVI has therefore moved to […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented pressures on cashflow for the business community and global stock markets have suffered significant falls over the last few days. Against this backdrop pension schemes (whether defined benefit or defined contribution) face their own challenges.
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Reed Smith has slowed partner cash distributions in a bid to counteract the potential economic impact on its business amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Management at the firm has introduced new contingency measures that will reduce monthly draws by 40 per cent for equity partners and 15 per cent for fixed share partners, The Lawyer understands. The […]
Over 200 junior barristers have signed a letter to the Bar Council and its vice-chair Amanda Pinto QC, asking it to respond to the self-employed income support scheme announced by the UK Government last week. The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on Thursday that self-employed people will be supported with 80 per cent of their […]
Pinsent Masons has announced a promotions round of 17 this year, making up two individuals from outside of its traditional legal services group for the first time. Head of the firm’s client solutions group, David Halliwell, has been named as a partner, as well as Hayley Boxall in Pinsents’ forensic and accounting services group. It […]
Macfarlanes and Weil Gotshal & Manges were the two firms leading on the sale of the iconic Ritz Hotel completed late on Friday evening. The acquisition means an unnamed Qatari investor now owns the Ritz hotel on the same night that the property closed its doors for the first time in more than 100 years […]
Covid-19 has profoundly destabilised economic and social life as we know it. As we enter the second week of a nationwide lockdown, The Lawyer would like to hear from our readership. We would like to know your views on your current working practices and have created a survey which you can access here. We would […]
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has hired a Mayer Brown partner as its new global head of learning and development, making it a standalone role for the first time since its transatlantic combination in 2018. The firm has brought in New York partner Virginia Melvin, who for seventeen years oversaw training for Mayer Brown’s US […]