Earlier this month Law Society chief Lucy Scott-Moncrieff caused some raised eyebrows when she claimed that the legal profession is "very well suited to flexible working". It's easy to say such things, of course, but what's it like to oversee a flexible working regime in practice? Nicky Richmond, managing partner of London law firm Brecher, which employs more than 50% women, tells us about it – and admits sympathising with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who recently banned her staff from working from home...
It's no secret that Khalid Missouri, a partner at Brixton law firm LLM Solicitors, is an ex-con, having been jailed for seven years in 1993 for acting as the getaway driver in an armed robbery of a Post Office branch.
Indeed, there is a comment on the Southern Daily Echo website from 2010 which details the conviction, alongside an unconfirmed claim that Missouri was "smart enough at the time to use his own red Fiat Uno" in the robbery.
But the story of Missouri's, er, colourful past came up again over the weekend, as it emerged that one of the solicitor's former co-defendants in the robbery – in which Post Office staff were threatened by masked men carrying a gun and a knife – had applied for his help defending him on a new charge...
A story has been doing the rounds on Twitter and in the Blogosphere over the weekend about an award apparently given to law student suicide bomber Hanadi Jaradat by the Palestine Committee of the Arab Lawyers Union.
Jaradat (pictured) killed 21 people and injured 51 when she blew herself up in the Israeli city of Haifa in 2003 weeks before she was due to qualify as a lawyer.
If correct, the story – first reported in detail on Thursday on the website of Israel-based NGO Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) – could prompt responses from the Law Society and The Bar Council, which share membership of a number of international legal organisations with the Arab Lawyers Union (ALU).
The words of solicitor-advocate and Law Society council member Keith Etherington, as he recalls how the legal profession’s attitude towards sexuality has been transformed over the last few years in this week’s #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast.
Together with Legal Cheek's Kevin Poulter, Etherington is responsible for co-founding the lawyers’ parade at London Gay Pride – which takes place tomorrow.
Like a pair of children on Christmas Eve, Etherington and Poulter can barely contain their excitement about the parade – described by the latter as a "unique opportunity to be whooped and cheered by members of the public because you’re a lawyer".
Journalist Alex Aldridge is less enthused, attempting to dampen the duo’s spirits by assuming the role of devil’s advocate on a number of in-the-news topics, including church gay marriage and the legal action faced by the Law Society following its decision to cancel a conference by an extreme Christian group...
The Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) is ostensibly designed to ensure that criminal advocates perform to a competent standard in court; in practice, it will add little but another layer of bureaucracy to a justice system already groaning under the paper weight of a rainforest, writes The Law Horse
But the backroom machinations are for the time being over and QASA will soon be upon us all. This week, the SRA invited all those professionals that it regulates to register for the scheme.
QASA is a political conceit. The Bar Standards Board – having gazed at the stars and identified the culprit of declining advocacy standards – is content with a scheme it believes will turn the tables on solicitor-advocates. The Law Society is satisfied, having secured a major concession in the special status granted to the oxymoronic plea-only advocates. The Criminal Bar Association is still spoiling for a fight but ultimately is unlikely to land the first blow.
Yesterday, I attended a conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels. It was called, somewhat optimistically, 'Mission Growth, Europe at the lead of the New Industrial Revolution'.
Alongside the tales of hope reeled off by the speakers – some of whom, like the economist Jeremy Rifkin, were inspiring; others, less so – there was an unofficial narrative taking place between the journalists from across the EU in attendance about the future of the Eurozone. “Is Greece about leave? And, if so, will the whole thing collapse?” we fretted to each other during coffee breaks.
As I mused, later in the day, on how to angle an article about the conference towards something that might be relevant to lawyers, I started to reflect on how a Eurozone collapse – or the alternative, greater integration – might affect wannabe solicitors and barristers. And how could they best position themselves to deal with an incredibly uncertain, and scary, future for Europe?
It’s not all that often that I think Alex misses the point, but in his article yesterday on the London Legal Walk, I’m afraid he might have.
Let me start off by answering the first question he asked: “Is the London Legal Walk the shortest, least taxing sponsored walk in the history of sponsored walks?”
Yes. Because the walking isn’t really the point...