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Barristers strike

Criminal Bar issues harsher proposals to combat fee cuts

The gulf between the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has continued to grow as the CBA ramps up pressure to reject work falling under the Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS). In an announcement issued on 13 May, the CBA encouraged its members to continue rejecting any form of work falling […]

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Clifford Chance throws down gauntlet to the Bar with bid to ban brief fees

As part of a push for greater transparency, Clifford Chance has started telling some of the UK’s most prominent commercial sets that it will look to scrap some traditional fees as part of a revamped approach to pricing. Global head of dispute resolution Matthew Newick and London head of dispute resolution Helen Carty have made it […]

Fountain Court

Landmark, Littleton and 7KBW among chambers appointing pro bono champions

Chambers are appointing ‘pro bono champions’ as part of a new initiative to encourage barristers to take on not-for-profit work. The move is a result of the Bar Pro Bono Unit’s ‘FABFeb’ campaign which ran over the course of February. The Unit contacted all heads of chambers, senior clerks and chambers directors, at sets with […]

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SFO appoints interim head as Green steps down

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has appointed chief operating officer Mark Thompson as interim director as former head David Green QC prepares to step down at the end of this month. Thompson joined the SFO in 2004 and was appointed chief operating officer in October 2016. He will take on the role on 21 April, […]

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Chambers threaten to strike over 50% fee cut

In a move that will jeopardise the Ministry of Justice’s post-Brexit campaign to market London as the world’s leading legal centre, several criminal chambers are threatening to refuse work from 1 April, The Lawyer has learned.

 

Lady justice

Litigation Tracker: banking and finance cases reign supreme, report reveals

The Lawyer Litigation Tracker 2017 reveals a ground-breaking year for the English courts, with landmark judgments reached in a number of areas of law that have set precedents and reformulated long-standing legal principles. However, it was also a year in which fewer cases went all the way to judgment. Some 2,412 judgments were tracked by […]

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