Law (UK)

The Guardian view on Theresa May and Brexit: time to get off her fantasy island

The prime minister’s weakness and Conservative divisions mean she can only control her party by concealing basic truths about the Brexit process<p>Theresa May is a prime minister who faces an enormous challenge to recast Britain’s relationship with Europe in the wake of the EU referendum vote. But the …

Brexit

Initial coin offering or initial con offering? A guide for the confused

18 December 2017<p><b>A guest post from Dr Catrina Denvir, director of the Legal Innovation Centre at the University of Ulster</b><p>Denvir: Blockchain has the …

Bitcoin

Another majority decision as SDT denies Leigh Day costs order

18 December 2017<p>SRA: Not unreasonable in its actions<p>The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has again reached a highly unusual majority decision …

Sullivan tops M&A rankings for 2017 as deal flow steadies

Sullivan & Cromwell has retained its crown as the most dominant M&A adviser for 2017, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was the only magic circle …

The City

Online abuse on Facebook and Twitter can't be solved by regulation alone

The severity of abuse conducted online during 2017’s general election has brought the issue into sharp focus for politicians, some of whom have urged …

Social Media

More prisoners should 'commute' to work, says justice secretary

David Lidington urges governors to make greater use of day release schemes in effort to cut stubbornly high reoffending rates<p>The justice secretary is to encourage prison governors to allow more inmates to “commute to work” by making greater use of their powers to grant prisoners temporary releases …

Prison

Lawyers shun idea of compulsory mediation

Lawyers from different parts of the profession have warned rule-makers to be cautious about any attempts to impose mediation on parties, and warned …

Mediation

Siteslegalweek20171218ladbrokes Coral Shelves Post Merger Adviser Review Amid 3 9bn Takeover Bid - Legal Week

Ladbrokes Coral has put its first post-merger panel review on hold amid GVC Holdings’ £3.9bn bid for the company.<p>The adviser review, which was in its …

The City

From fraud and corporal punishment to asylum seekers and no-fault divorce: Bar Council rewards the brightest new ideas for law reform

Pupil barrister Ian McDonald has been announced as the winner of the first prize of £4,000 in the 2017 Law Reform Essay Competition. His essay, …

International Law

Sedgwick raids continue as Clydes strengthens US presence

Clyde & Co has made a 15-partner hire from embattled firm Sedgwick as it delivers on the promise to significantly increase its bench strength in the …

Introducing new case studies: Grant Warnsby

As we sat down on a cold, damp Monday afternoon in October it became evident those Monday afternoon blues would be blown away. We were there to …

Inspiration

Knowles increases investment in The Link App as it seeks crowdfunding boost

18 December 2017<p>Riley: Global ambitions<p>The Link App, the communications application for law firms and their clients created by former <i>The Apprentice</i> …

The City

Siteslegalweek20171218freshfields Private Equity Heavyweight David Higgins Quits To Join Kirkland As London Co Head - Legal Week

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer private equity partner David Higgins is set to join Kirkland & Ellis as London co-managing partner.<p>Higgins, who has …

The City

UK ministers blocking appointments to rights watchdog, say lawyers

Government accused of meddling by vetoing recruitments to EHRC board in attempt to iron out dissent<p>The Equality and Human Rights Commission is running short of board members and struggling to fulfil its duties because, lawyers allege, ministers are repeatedly vetoing appointments on political …

Brexit

Tory Chris Holmes calls for HMRC to act over long unpaid internships

Peer urges investigations into firms who advertise for long-term interns and calls for ban on placements over a month<p>A Conservative peer has called on HMRC to investigate companies who advertise for long-term unpaid interns and called for a ban on any placement that lasts more than four weeks.<p>Chris …

Careers

The #MeToo Movement In Asia: Is Singapore Feeling The Weinstein Effect?

In recent months, movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s abysmal fall from grace after high profile actresses, including megastars Angeline Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, spoke out again him for his predatory behaviour, has sparked revelations by many other women about sexual misconduct by men in powerful …

Gender

Clarence Thomas accuser Anita Hill to spearhead fight against harassment in Hollywood

Commission to tackle ‘the culture of abuse and power disparity’ in Hollywood Hill testified against supreme court judge during confirmation hearing in 1991<p>Anita Hill, who sparked a nascent national reckoning with sexual harassment when she testified during Clarence Thomas’s supreme court …

Celebrity News

The Observer view on the effectiveness of international law

World justice is failing the innocent when tyrants kill with impunity<p>The recent conviction of Ratko Mladić, the former Bosnian Serb commander, on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the 1990s may come to be viewed as a high-point for global justice. Mladić’s …

Opinion

Julie Exton obituary

My sister, Julie Exton, who has died aged 59 after suffering from motor neurone disease, was a past president of the Association of Her Majesty’s District Judges. Her proudest achievement in the legal field, however, was the family drug and alcohol court, which she created and presided over in …

Matthew Peterson has no business wearing judge's robes

This Trump nominee is probably the single most ill-prepared and inexperienced person in the running for any federal position in recent times<p>It is perhaps understandable that people focus on the global impact of a reckless, petulant and ignorant president. North Korea, Iran, global warming, …

Opinion

What the Colorado baker who refused to sell to a gay couple gets wrong

The law says that if you open a shop on Main Street or anywhere else, you can’t pick and choose to whom you sell your products<p>Last week, I listened as the US supreme court wrestled with whether a Colorado baker could refuse to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. The baker’s lawyer said her client …

Equality

It’s not just British soldiers. The whole Iraq war fiasco is back in the dock

The judgment on British troops mistreating Iraqi civilians is unprecedented. But behind it is Tony Blair’s misleading of the troops – and the whole nation<p>The ghosts of the invasion of Iraq, which haunted the Ministry of Defence and the British army for years, have returned with a vengeance. In an …

Opinion

Breaking Down Silos Between Tech, Firms and Academia to Reach Innovation

The essence of legal economics is professional excellence in legal service delivery embedded in a sustainable business model. In recent years, there …

Innovation

Unemployed man forges MC to get financial aid, tells hospital employee to commit suicide

December 15, 2017 1:49 PM<br>SINGAPORE - An unemployed man forged a doctor's signature on a document to certify that he was "permanently unfit for …

Family Law (UK)

It's official: Employment claims soar in wake of fee decision

Figures still lag pre-2013 levels, but lawyers warn employers to put their house in order.

Employment Law

FTSE 100: adviser management trumps tech in reducing legal spend

FTSE 100 companies have had most success in reducing spend by improving their management of outside counsel rather than using technology, new …

FTSE 100

Siteslegalweek20171215ao And Macfarlanes Among Big Name Adviser Line Up On Disneys 52 4bn 21st Century Fox Acquisition - Legal Week

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Macfarlanes are advising alongside a line-up of top US law firms on Disney’s acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox’s assets …

21st Century Fox

Five solicitors granted silk as names start to emerge

Five solicitor advocates are among those to be made Queen’s Counsel in 2018, the <i>Gazette</i> understands.<p>Lawyers have been informed today that they are to …

The City

Rise of LiPs "key challenge for family lawyers and courts system"

Rise of LiPs “key challenge for family lawyers and courts system”<p>15 December 2017<p>Judge: Impact of LiPs on judges<p>The rise in the number of …

House of Lords

Siteslegalweek20171215dla Pipers New Senior Partner To Go Part Time As Potential Candidates Start To Emerge - Legal Week

DLA Piper’s new senior partner of its non-US business will juggle the management role alongside fee earning, according to a memo circulated to the …

The City