Much has been made of what you might call (only if you are a lazy blogger) DLA-gate. The story of the associates and their jolly email japes about bill padding. Except the jokes don't look so jolly now they have escaped the DLA-servers...
08 Apr 2013 | 09:53 | 1 comment
At the end of the last instalment in this series, I asked aloud whether we as lawyers are intellectually and emotionally capable of adapting to the new market landscape, suggested that adapting would require experimentation and - yes - failure, and no...
03 Apr 2013 | 16:05
Extraordinary developments in the Supreme Court today as the court, for the first time in its history, conducted a secret hearing during which one of the parties, an Iranian Bank, was not allowed to take part. Full background to the case, Bank Mellat ...
22 Mar 2013 | 09:39
"But whilst it is not a self-explanatory exercise, that does not mean in-house legal functions should not address the question: what can we do this year to improve on what we did last year and how do we do it?..."
07 Mar 2013 | 14:14
The horsemeat scandal will no doubt continue to unfold over the coming months, but for some of the affected companies, the harm done to their reputations may well prove fatal. The impact on business values will take many forms. For some it may be a sh...
27 Feb 2013 | 14:57
Whilst I was otherwise engaged, the media and blogosphere exploded yesterday with fallout from the jury discharge in the Vicky Pryce case. The Judge’s remarks that the jury had displayed, “absolutely fundamental deficits in understanding” predic...
21 Feb 2013 | 15:26 | 1 comment
At the end of the last segment in this series, I opined that our industry needed to respond in creative and imaginative ways to the new market landscape, and that it would take "unswerving resolve" to do so effectively and successfuly. But I also w...
07 Feb 2013 | 14:15
"To have a fair and effective policy on tax evasion, HMRC will need to use at least part of its enlarged budget to investigate egregious examples of significant tax evasion where the public interest is genuinely engaged - and to avoid any public perce...
25 Jan 2013 | 13:59 | 1 comment
In March I complained that the Commission on a Bill of Rights should open up. Well, not long after after publication of the Commission's final report(s), two of the Liberal Democrat-appointed commissioners have given their insider perspectives of the ...
08 Jan 2013 | 14:57
Now well on our way into the Growth is Dead series, it's only fair to offer up what we hope are some constructive ideas on how to deal with this phenomenon going forward. But first, a quick recap of some of the things we've touched upon: • Fro...
06 Dec 2012 | 13:38 | 2 comments
Yesterday's judgment by the Court of Appeal in Coulson v News Group Newspapers (NGN) is good news for those who have a legal expenses insurance policy which they wish to use to defend themselves against an allegation that they have committed a crimina...
29 Nov 2012 | 12:47
I recently did a CV tips session at Reading University, and as a result have been reviewing around 20 CVs from the perspective of a future employer. Here are my top 10 CV tips: 1. Tell stories. Most graduate jobs don't actually need a CV plus cover...
26 Nov 2012 | 13:09
For some time, I’ve been struggling with how to characterise in pithy short-hand what our industry has been experiencing since almost four years ago to the day when Lehman Brothers collapsed. How about Economy I and Economy II?
22 Nov 2012 | 15:53
The Prime Minister is to “get a grip” on people forcing unnecessary delays to Government policy by cracking down on the “massive growth industry” of Judicial Review. David Cameron told business leaders today:
19 Nov 2012 | 13:23
The past week has seen a series of extraordinary events arising out of a BBC Newsnight broadcast about sexual abuse in children's homes in North Wales in the 1970s and 1980s. This led to the wide dissemination of false allegations against the former C...
12 Nov 2012 | 10:16 | 1 comment
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