Law (UK)

Trump attacks 'totally political' investigation of new Kavanaugh allegations

A Senate committee will investigate fresh allegations of sexual misconduct against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – claims Donald Trump dismissed on Monday as a “totally political” attempt to stop Republicans cementing a solid conservative majority on the bench.<p>Why I find the Kavanaugh/Ford …

Brett Kavanaugh

Media tycoon fights extradition to Turkey in coup round-up

British diplomatic links to Turkey will come under pressure this week as a dispossessed media proprietor faces extradition to Ankara for financial offences allegedly related to a military coup.<p>Akın İpek, whose newspapers and TV stations have been confiscated by Turkish officials for criticising …

Human Rights

4-5 Gray's Inn Square set for second merger in five years with Arden tie-up

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Career Development

PPI has 'turned portions of UK into fraudsters' - bank chief

New ‘compensation culture’ row over mis-sold payment protection insurance.

Law Society

Latest Bellwether survey reveals that over half of the UK’s small law firms are ‘completely unprepared’ for major reforms

A new Bellwether discussion paper titled ‘A dangerous allegiance to the status quo?’ published today by LexisNexis UK, a leading global provider of …

Administrative Law

PwC seals major US firm alliance in next step up for Big Four's ambitions in law

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Law (UK)

The 2018 Global 100

After a year in which growth appeared to be slowing among the world’s largest firms, the Global 100 bounced back in a big way. Total revenue rose 6.4 …

Mergers & Acquisitions

British woman jailed in Egypt for tramadol possession denied appeal

A British woman jailed in Egypt for possessing controlled drugs has been refused permission to appeal against her conviction.<p>Laura Plummer was sentenced to three years in prison for bringing 290 tramadol tablets into the country. She had told the court they were for her partner’s back …

UK News

Claim Technology announce partnership with Nephos, powering medical appointments-as-a-service

Claim Technology are delighted to announce a partnership with leading medical reporting software provider, Nephos Solutions. Nephos Solutions helps …

Customer Experience

Redundancy fears at BT spread to in-house legal team

BT group general counsel Sabine Chalmers has written to lawyers at the telecomms business in a bid to curb fears over job losses which have now …

The City

The 2018 Global 100 Ranked by Profits per Equity Partner

Profits per equity partner among Global 100 firms averaged $1,641,497 in 2017, an increase of 3.4 percent when compared with 2016’s average of …

Profit

Bar keeps tabs on defaulting solicitors

The Bar Council confirmed this month it has added 13 firms to its list of defaulting solicitors

Law Society

Slaughter and May corporate star Nigel Boardman to step down as partner

The corporate rainmaker will retire from the partnership at the end of the financial year<p>Slaughter and May corporate veteran Nigel Boardman will …

The City

Online wills business "expanding despite higher fee"

Garrett: introductory price unsustainable<p>A business selling online wills has reported rapid growth, such that it has employed a specialised solicitor …

Customers

Infected blood victims may not yet have been told why they feel ill, inquiry hears

Thousands of victims of the contaminated blood scandal may not yet have been told the reasons why they are feeling unwell, the chair of the inquiry has said.<p>Formally opening the infected blood inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff said that many people may not have been diagnosed as suffering from hepatitis …

UK News

The Global 100 Grew by Leaps and Bounds in 2018

The world’s top-grossing law firms didn’t just cross the $100 billion revenue threshold for the first time in 2017—they vaulted across it.<p>Total …

The City

Leading firm ordered to hand over part of client file to HMRC

HMRC: Offshore investigation<p>National law firm DAC Beachcroft has had mixed success in fighting off a bid by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to access to …

Mergers & Acquisitions

Revealed: less than a third of young men prosecuted for rape are convicted

<b>Exclusive:</b> figures show men aged 18-24 less likely to be found guilty of rape than older men in England and Wales<p>The crisis engulfing the criminal justice system over its approach to rape cases is revealed by startling figures that show less than a third of prosecutions brought against young men …

Welsh Government

Risk management for the legal sector

<b>Common causes of legal sector claims and useful guidance on how to avoid them</b><p>Travelers has a market-leading risk management team. Our in-house team …

Management

Politicians are to blame for prison crisis | Letters

It’s unfair to blame the prisons chief, says <b>Paul A Newman</b>, and <b>Phil Taylor</b> points the finger at austerity<p>Placing Michael Spurr on notice of dismissal (‘Exemplary’ prisons chief told to quit amid jail crisis, 21 September) smacks of spite unprecedented since Michael Howard’s sacking of a progressive, …

Chris Grayling

Search Acumen comments on ONS House Price Index for small areas

<b>Andy Sommerville, Director at Search Acumen, comments:</b><p><i>“</i>The market has seemingly hit its peak. The significant drop-off in house price growth between …

Price Index

‘Bizarre’ lack of planning over what to do with technology

Law firms appear to understand the importance of advanced technology – but only half plan to do anything about it, a poll has found.

Digital Marketing

Burgon to set out Labour's five demands to tackle prisons crisis

Opposition to accuse ministers of ‘tinkering’ and call for staffing levels to be restored<p>The shadow justice secretary, Richard Burgon, will call on the government to fund an emergency five-point plan to end the escalating crisis in prisons in England and Wales.<p>Addressing a meeting of the Labour …

Depression

Religious faith or child abuse? A new documentary investigates

In Idaho, different belief structures collide, ‘with lives hanging in the balance’, says the film’s producer, Jess Lichtenstein<p>The Followers of Christ is a Pentecostal church that believes in faith healing. Its members refuse to avail themselves, or their children, of modern medical care.<p>In many …

Idaho

Plan to allow solicitors to qualify as barristers without pupillage opposed by Bar Council

Plans to reform barrister training could see solicitors and academics being exempted from doing a traditional pupillage, but the Bar Council has …

Law (UK)

Invisible killer: how one girl's tragic death could change the air pollution story

From a tiny office on the top floor of the old town hall in Catford, south-east London, Rosamund Kissi-Debrah is leading a campaign to push air pollution on to the political agenda as never before. It has been claimed for years that pollution caused by motor vehicles, especially diesel cars, buses …

Environment

Kweku Adoboli case is an example of Tories’ cruel hostile environment | Letters

The suspension of the deportation of Kweku Adoboli is welcome and hopefully the publicity that his case has attracted will lead to an urgent reappraisal of the policy of deporting so called “foreign criminals” who are not “foreign” but have been here legally since childhood (Banker wins last minute …

Judiciary

Want to know your rights but only have 60 seconds?

London barrister hopes to educate people about the law with bitesize Youtube videos<p>Christian Weaver likes to keep it concise. His video series ‘TheLawin60Seconds’ is pioneering legal advice for an age of supposedly limited attention spans.<p>The 24-year-old lawyer has begun teaching people about their …

Human Rights

National police unit starts work on 'county lines' drug gangs

A team of 38 investigators have begun a national crackdown on county lines drugs gangs, which send children to provincial towns to sell heroin and crack cocaine.<p>The county lines coordination centre, based in Birmingham, is aimed at developing a national intelligence picture of the drugs networks, …

UK News

Trump demands Kavanaugh vote after lashing out at accuser

Donald Trump has cast doubt on the woman who accused his supreme court pick Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and blamed opponents for trying to “destroy” his nominee.<p>Trump commented as the issue of when a judiciary committee hearing on the allegations might be held remained at issue.<p>Lawyers for …

Donald Trump