Legal Futures

End Of The Day Round-Up

Baroness Scotland QC told by school careers adviser that best she could hope for was to be a supervisor at Sainsbury’s [The Guardian] Associate who told partners of his ‘superior legal mind’ (pictured) loses appeal [ABA Journal] Programming bootcamp converts lawyer into hacker [Wired] Horrifying anti-gay graffiti found at US law school [Business Insider] Supreme… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 18 January

A lawyer’s amazingly detailed analysis of Bilbo’s contract in The Hobbit [Wired] Former Leeds University law student to defend Bo Xilai in court [The Telegraph] Girlfriend of Reddit co-founder who hanged himself says US legal system mercilessly hounded him to his death [Mail Online] War on judicial review (sort of) [UK Human Rights Blog] Circuits… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 17 January

In defence of the existing law on social media [UK Criminal Law Blog] High street firms in ‘increasingly precarious’ position [Solicitors Journal] International Criminal Court snowman [Mark Kersten on Twitter] Solicitor finally paid for Chinese vase after long legal battle… but only gets half of the £50m it went for at auction [Mail Online] Betfair… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 15 January

Lindsay Lohan ‘owes fired lawyer Shawn Holley $300k in legal fees’… amid reports she wants him back on board [Mail Online] Julie Burchill, free speech and the Lynne Featherstone clause [Head of Legal] Google-backed crowdsourced legal advice service heads to the UK [Legal Futures] US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who has not asked a… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

The new Titan prison idea could be a bit of a rightwing smokescreen, designed to burnish the justice secretary’s tough man image [The Guardian] One in five firms likely to seek external investment [Law Society Gazette] Only half of police officers ‘would report colleague who punched suspect’ [The Telegraph] CILEx CEO sees take-up difficulty for… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 11 January

Law’s Mystic Meg: no future for high street firms, but window of opportunity for mid-sized practices [Legal Futures] Can accountants change the legal sector? [Law Society Gazette] Christians and working on Sundays: what the tribunal really said [The Guardian] In defence of law school: because what else are you going to do with yourself? [Above… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 7 January

Linklaters associate who died during triathlon may have suffered the same condition as Bolton Wanderers’ footballer Fabrice Muamba [Mail Online] Jeremy Carter-Manning QC caught up in RSPCA row [The Telegraph] Stress dominates calls to LawCare as charity outlines concerns over alcohol danger [Legal Futures] Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers launches its Singapore office [PR Newswire]… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 19 December

Posters of offensive messages on Twitter or Facebook less likely to face criminal charges, under new guidelines set out by Keir Starmer QC [Huffington Post] Positive reaction so far to the new Twitter and Facebook social media prosecution guidelines from top media lawyers [Twitter] Online comment crimes: Key cases [BBC News] Mario Balotelli’s legal challenge… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 17 December

Barrister snub to diversity monitoring “embarrassing” and “pathetic” [Legal Futures] Judges take on ministers over supreme court: Chris Grayling told by judiciary to give up power to appoint chief executive [The Guardian] Grayling’s new plans for judicial review ‘hurdles’ [Audioboo] listen to ‘New plans for judicial review 'hurdles'’ on Audioboo Putting lawyers in charge of… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 10 December

Six fat cat lawyers get £½MILLION each a year legal aid [The Sun] A much-used diversionary tactic: to distract public attention away from this government’s policy of destruction of legal aid [Nothing like The Sun] Today is Human Rights Day [UK Human Rights Blog] Judge suspended after ‘getting a witness pregnant’ – months after sending… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 4 December

Google ‘should face libel laws over blogging site’ [Metro] Philadelphia judge ‘hangs himself after separating from his wife’ [Mail Online] Getting tough with litigants in person? [Marilyn Stowe Blog] Lord Leveson understands that legal back-up could improve the quality of journalism in Britain [The Independent] Deloitte survey: growing number of large firms preparing for ABS… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 28 November

Can you get around Facebook’s terms of service by posting some legal-sounding mumbo-jumbo on your wall? [Mashable] Contempt laws to be reviewed for internet age [BBC News] Does the internet mean game over for contempt of court? [The Guardian] Nick Herbert: accommodation with Strasbourg is a pipe dream [Head of Legal] Judge who upset Chávez… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 22 November

Judges’ lunchtime drinking at the Old Bailey [The Guardian] Lady Wheatcroft: “In particular the thing that stunned me, and others who have been invited [to the Old Bailey], is the wine consumed over lunch before the judges go back into court in the afternoon. I just wonder, in changing the culture, whether that’s something that… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 16 November

The future: applying for training contracts and pupillages via Facebook? [Forbes] Lord Neuberger’s speech on reforming legal education: full text [Crime Line] Summary: “Neuberger – legal education and training review may be fatally flawed” [Legal Futures] Why it may not be straightforward for McAlpine to sue tweeters for damages [Jack of Kent] Libel damages and… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 15 November

Kings College London law students to share £20 million gift from Harvey Nichols owner [Evening Standard] Moral maze: The moral code of social media [BBC Radio 4] In defence of the Clifford Chance Mum’s husband [Above the Law] Gap between number of Bar students and pupillages grows wider [Legal Futures] FA rages at ‘ill-informed’ lawyer… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 12 November

Police arrest man for posting picture of burning a poppy [Kent Police via David Allen Green on Twitter]  [Also see Liberal Conspiracy] Eddie Stobart law service is a wrong turn says Bar chief amid concerns legal advice given to public will suffer [Mail Online] Bar Council to press “sympathetic” Grayling to scrap LSB [Legal Futures]… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 31 October

The law and magical thinking [Jack of Kent] Tooks chambers barrister: FA’s anti-racism rules are ‘nonsense’ [The Telegraph] Barristers earn ‘an average of £160,000 per self-employed practitioner’ [Legal Futures] Could Jimmy Savile’s employers be liable for his actions? [Solicitors Journal] Has UKSC ‘dissed’ the Supreme Court of Canada? [Charon QC’s UK Law Tour] Spooky tales… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 30 November

Legal aid cheats targeted by Ministry of Justice [BBC] Society of Black Lawyers calls on police to probe Clattenburg ‘racist remarks’ [ITV News] Hurricane Sandy: a list of legal world closures [Above the Law] Majority of top firms eyeing growth through merger as ABSs appear on the radar [Legal Futures] Russian justice: truth serum for… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 25 October

Savile investigation: appointment of law firm linked to BBC questioned [The Independent] McCann’s case against lawyer to be heard soon [Merc Reporter] Video of woman fighting young skateboarding punks in front of a law school [YouTube via Above the Law] Revealed: females make up less than 10 per cent of top 100′s equity partner ranks… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 24 October

Law graduate snubbed by wedding hotels turns out to be star of adult TV [Mail Online] Judge drowned after wife drove into flooded ford, inquest told [The Guardian] McMillan Williams represents blind stroke victim tasered by police [The Lawyer] Sophie Khan, the solicitor leading the case, last night told Legal Cheek: “The incident which involved… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 23 October

Blur drummer-turned Kingsley Napley solicitor Dave Rowntree attends Q awards bash on his lunch break [The Sun] On being handed the best live act award, Rowntree said: “I’m now a criminal lawyer and this is my lunch break.” Top firms “waking up” to competition from ABSs – with one in five planning conversion themselves [Legal… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 15 October

How my father, George Carman QC, may have helped Jimmy Savile escape justice [The Observer] Human rights lawyer elected new Libyan PM [CBS News] Ex-Dewey trainee deported in wake of firm’s collapse [The Lawyer] Pitfalls in the workplace: Musings of female law grads [The Angle] Janet Street-Porter: We need female judges to punish these predators… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 11 October

“If you ever call me again on my cell phone, I’ll strangle you”: Angry judge blasts lawyer in high-profile murder case [ABA Journal] Family of Herbert Smith solicitor lawyer killed in 2002 Bali bombings still fighting for justice [Evening Standard] Oxford law student: ‘new students should seek education, not satisfaction’ [Independent Voices] Member of UK… Read more »

Is The Legal Profession Really On The Verge Of Revolution?

There was excited talk of “profound change”, “broken business models” and “the end of Law 1.0″ at a debate hosted this morning in Middle Temple Hall by Riverview Law, the new firm-chambers hybrid that refuses to charge its clients by the hour. As the assembled legal futurists’ speeches crossed the hour mark, audience members were… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 9 October

Golden eagles of the legal world: meet London’s star lawyers [Evening Standard] Sri Lanka protests over attack on judge [The Independent] Solicitor jailed for 6 years after posing as wealthy investor to con two businessmen out of £250k [Mail Online] Oh yes – Direct Line set for ABS as it reveals £110m solicitor referral fee… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 8 October

Lawyer cries foul after tale of how she threw her knickers at the judge goes public [Mail Online] Lawyers chase magistrate out of courtroom [The Express Tribune] Bar Council eyes greater retention with launch of bar nursery [The Lawyer] Revealed: criminal Bar threatens judicial review over “unlawful and unworkable” advocacy scheme [Legal Futures] Law chief… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 3 October

Is this really a good outfit for court? Disgraced solicitor and his ex-girlfriend in low-cut top are sentenced for possessing amphetamines worth £8,000 [Mail Online] Lawyer shortlisted for ‘Cosmo Bachelor of the Year 2012’ [Cosmopolitan] Calling media lawyers: the bench needs you [The Guardian] Why was your firm fired as outside counsel? [Above the Law]… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 2 October

Futurologist: firms starting to embrace new ways of working as ‘legal factories’ loom [Legal Futures] Cadbury wins legal battle over purple packaging [The Independent] Any move to televise criminal trials would be “over my dead body”, says Donald Findlay QC [BBC] Once bitten . . . Woman who chomped off boyfriend’s testicles back in court… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 25 September

Lawyer faces 25 years in prison for champagne flute assault [Mail Online] Why external investors are eyeing up the criminal Bar [Legal Futures] Ministry of Justice abandons £10m raid on medical negligence damages [The Telegraph] Lawyerly Lairs: an associate’s $3.6 million apartment [Above the Law] Time to untangle the debate over secret courts [UK Human… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

What happens to law graduates caught out in the paralegal cold? [Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge in The Guardian] Boris Johnson: Arrest people who swear at the police [YouTube] 5 Pump Court UKIP barrister gunning for police commissioner job [TunbridgeWellsPeople] ‘A great example of how to respond to negative rumours about your law firm’ [Above… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 14 September

Baroness Deech calls on BSB to take to social media to combat negative stories [Legal Futures] Parliament neutered by arrest of News of The World lawyer Tom Crone [Guido Fawkes] I am writing to my MP. Please write to yours. [The Cycling Lawyer] Lawyers survive with a little help from their friends – in the… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 5 September

QC vows to defy court ruling after he was barred from smoking at work [The Sun] Djanogly out as criminal law barrister and family law solicitor join MoJ [Legal Futures] Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James threatens party planner with legal action [The Mirror] Edward Garnier says he is “disappointed” after being sacked as… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 30 August

Daily Mail accuses Neil Morrissey lawyers of abusing ‘no win, no fee’ deal – The Guardian Criminal defence lawyer charged after allegedly shooting a man in the leg – ABA Journal Solicitors’ outcry at weekend court sittings – Law Society Gazette BSB will not contest challenges to ‘biased’ disciplinary tribunal decisions – Legal Futures Can… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 14 August

Boyfriend of a managing partner allegedly pulls gun on a vac-schemer – Above the Law ABSs and City law firms could be a volatile mix to the detriment of all – Legal Futures An earthquake in US legal education – Law Society Gazette Aliens in court and a possible speed record for a jury trial… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 1 August

Is breastfeeding right for women in big law firms? – Above the Law Hundreds of clients already “seeking comfort” of the Eddie Stobart brand – Legal Futures Samsung “ripped off” Apple, says lawyer as $2.5 billion battle starts – The Drum “I was John Lennon”: Lawyer relives his Olympics opening ceremony glory – Solicitors Journal… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 18 July

Judge orders schnapps for alcoholic witness to help to spur his memory during murder trial – Mail Online In some ways, choc ice is the new N-word, says criminal barrister – The Guardian Bar Standards Board ‘in shambolic state’ – BBC Today BSB hits back at Today programme attack on barrister disciplinary system – Legal… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 11 July

Why I don’t play games with law students – Bitter Lawyer Tom Cruise’s lawyers in no rush to file divorce papers – Female First Can the law nail the Libor bankers? – Obiter J France says ‘Non’ to ABS – Legal Futures Solicitors, law centres need YOU (or at least your cash) – The Guardian

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 20 June

Clifford Chance lawyer selected as Olympic torchbearer – Docklands & East London Advertiser What has happened to my life since starting law school – #Whatshouldwecallme Barrister standing as candidate for the Thames Valley Crime Commissioner misses his own launch ceremony – Oxford Mail Lawyer body search row looms over fate of Gaddafi’s son – The… Read more »

PODCAST: Scrap Trainee Minimum Salary And ‘Only The Rich’ Will Become Solicitors, Says Junior Lawyers Division Chief

The minimum trainee salary debate is developing into quite a fight – with the latest blow landed yesterday by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) when it released findings claiming that 70% of law firms which don’t hire trainees would “seriously consider” doing so if the minimum salary was scrapped. Upon hearing this, committee members of… Read more »

Trainee Solicitors: Heading Downmarket?

The Law Society has said that trainee solicitors on housing benefit is “not the type of image that benefits the profession”. The announcement is the latest chapter in the ongoing Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) consultation on scrapping the trainee minimum salary which could see wages drop to just £2.60 an hour.