LEGAL SECTOR GROWTH

According to source - The City UK (cited in Counsel Magazine), legal service firms raked in a record £30.9bn in 2014/15, up 1.3% on the previous year and a fifth successive year of growth. Net exports of UK legal services in 2014 increased by 11% to £3.6bn and in 2015 the sector contributed £25.7bn to the UK economy (1.6% of…

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ITALIAN LAWYER SUES AIRLINE OVER FAT PASSENGER

An Italian lawyer is suing an airline due to being seated next to an obese passenger (both pictured above), see http://www.legalcheek.com/2016/09/lawyer-claims-2375-in-damages-after-being-seated-next-to-obese-man-during-long-haul-flight/. Giorgio Destro is seeking £2375, which includes the price of the ticket, in compensation from the airline.  Destro claims that he was forced to endure discomfort due to the 'spillover' from the other passenger and that the airline would…

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SILK ARGUES FOR SCRAPPING OF BAR COUNCIL AND LAW SOCIETY

Silk, Michael Turner advocates the abolition of the aforementioned regulatory bodies in favour of a trade union - for lawyers, see here.  His principal concern is over legal aid cuts and the perceived ineffectiveness of the 2 bodies in stopping them and in defending the interests of the profession.  He further expresses concern over the lack of unity between barristers and…

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Solicitor warned for acting alone.

A solicitor was rebuked by the SRA - see here for representing clients outside of his employer's practice.  In doing so he had no professional indemnity insurance. Abdul Bari charged his immigration clients rates that were lower than those offered by his employer because of their impecuniosity. In deciding to limit the penalty to a warning the SRA took into account the…

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MORE BREXIT DEBATE

John Halford from Bindmans solicitors penned an article in the Gazette, supporting the legal challenge to Brexit but not any particular result - see here.   I enclose my response to some parts of the article below.     "What parliament gives, no single minister can take away. Only an act will do." What about the legislation implementing the EAW which…

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MAGIC CIRCLE FIRMS TO REVIEW ‘SEXIST’ SALUTATIONS

Some magic circle firms are reviewing the common salutation in solicitor's letters 'Dear Sirs'.  See here.  Linklaters stated that they were evaluating their communications. The proposal drew derision from commentators: " Think about it, the staff member who came up with this had absolutely nothing better to do with their time.   If that isn't a sign of mismanagement then nothing is"…

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BREXIT LITIGATION IS AN ABUSE OF PROCESS ARGUES SILK

In an article for Counsel Magazine, see here, Stanley Brodie QC argues that the judicial review proceedings that aim to prevent the activation of article 50 without a vote in Parliament, are an abuse of process. Brodie argues that the issues raised are political and thus not properly within the remit of the Courts.  He seems to suggest that the proceedings…

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‘Keep the European Arrest Warrant’ says SRA Chief Executive

SRA Chief Executive, Catherine Dixon, advocates retaining the European Arrest Warrant, post Brexit - see here.  She expresses concern about complex extradition procedures that would replace the EAW and describes the current system as one that procures the return of suspects through "'an almost automatic court-led process". This was precisely the concern of critics as the UK is compelled to…

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LORD CHIEF JUSTICE TO HEAR BREXIT CHALLENGE

The Lord Chief Justice is to hear the Brexit legal challenge in October following a High Court ruling.  The lead Claimant is represented by London Law Firm Mischon De Reya, see here, for their statement on the challenge. The basic premise to the challenge is that the referendum is not legally binding.   Furthermore it is argued that Article 50 of…

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PROBLEM SOLVING COURTS

There have been renewed calls for 'problem solving court's to be piloted across the UK, see here.   The Courts would focus on rehabilitation and crime prevention and would be geared towards drug addicts and young offenders. The reaction to the proposal in the linked article was cynical, for instance: " Stop experimenting and start resourcing the justice system. Too much time…

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