News | Strasbourg court grants emergency hearing in Charlie Gard appeal

ECtHR to consider whether there has been a breach of article 8 rights to privacy and family life 9 June 2017 Ten-month-old Charlie Gard should be kept alive until the end of 13 June to allow the European Court of Human Rights to consider a possible appeal in the case brought by his parents against a High Court ruling allowing doctors to withdraw life-support. The … Continue reading News | Strasbourg court grants emergency hearing in Charlie Gard appeal

News | Judges subjected to ‘unprecedented’ levels of attack

Lord Thomas hits back at criticism of judicial decision making 22 May 2017 The Lord Chief Justice has hit back for the second time against the ‘unprecedented’ levels of attack to which judges have been subjected in the aftermath of the Brexit ruling and at the lack of government support. Giving this year’s Lionel Cohen lecture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Lord Thomas said … Continue reading News | Judges subjected to ‘unprecedented’ levels of attack

Blog | Not too small, not too big: the resilience of the mid-market

Some predicted alternative business structures would make traditional law firms as relevant as waxworks of former celebrities in a room full of teenagers chasing Pokemon Go characters via virtual-reality headsets. This has not happened, says Jean-Yves Gilg 17 May 2017 Mid-size law firms have been doing reasonably well these past few years, coming out of a tough recession and showing strong resilience in the face … Continue reading Blog | Not too small, not too big: the resilience of the mid-market

News | CQS-accredited conveyancer accepts he was ‘sloppy’

Solicitor fined £7,500 for failing to address transaction’s ‘dubious features’ 15 May 2017 A partner in a CQS-accredited firm has been fined £7,500 after accepting he had been ‘sloppy’ when carrying out a conveyance involving several investors, instructions by a third party, and several ‘dubious features’. Ruling in SRA v Daniel Mun Kin Tang, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal made clear it did not suggest the … Continue reading News | CQS-accredited conveyancer accepts he was ‘sloppy’

News | Legal AI ‘an equaliser’ for mid-size firms

Smaller legal outfits must find time to explore technology-driven opportunities 9 May 2017 Artificial intelligence should be seen as a leveller allowing smaller and mid-sized firms to be more efficient and compete with their larger counterparts, technology pioneers have said. Most legal AI developments tend to be associated with Top-100 firms working on big-ticket deals and with deep enough pockets to invest in technology, but … Continue reading News | Legal AI ‘an equaliser’ for mid-size firms

Blog | Smoke, fire, and fairness: procedural standards in regulatory tribunals

Too many of the cases ending up in the SDT appear to involve mental health issues, says Jean-Yves Gilg 10 May 2017 The Bar Standards Board first considered moving to the civil standard of proof in disciplinary proceedings in 2011. The internal consensus that emerged at the time was generally favourable but the BSB’s board was reluctant to go ahead unless the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal … Continue reading Blog | Smoke, fire, and fairness: procedural standards in regulatory tribunals

News | No ‘general support’ for SQE, law teachers say

Academics challenge SRA’s assertion of widespread support for reform among the profession 9 May 2017 Law teachers have hit back at the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s assertion that there is ‘general support’ for its new ‘super exam’, saying the regulator’s reporting of the responses to the consultation has been ‘disingenuous’. The Association of Law Teachers (ALT) has previously expressed concern over the solicitors qualifying examination. Although … Continue reading News | No ‘general support’ for SQE, law teachers say