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Law enforcers struggle with electronic evidence challenges

Law Gazette News - 7 hours 25 min ago

Interrogation of director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders highlighted the justice system’s failure to adapt to the digital era.

Pimlico: solicitors split on future of ‘gig economy’

Law Gazette News - 7 hours 25 min ago

Supreme Court ruled that plumber should be considered a ‘worker’ and entitled to rights such as holiday pay, but judges are accused of ‘bottling’ the chance to ‘modernise’ employment law.

Royal Mail GC: data demonstrates your value

Law Gazette News - 7 hours 25 min ago

Hard data can help a general counsel (GC) demonstrate their legal team’s value to a business as well as cut its costs, Royal Mail’s GC told the Law Society’s flagship conference for in-house lawyers last week.

 

Maaike de Bie

In conversation with Stephen Denyer, the Society’s director of strategic relationships, Maaike de Bie said that when she became GC her law yers were working long hours, were stressed and were not respected by their business colleagues. A succinct ‘vision statement’ was produced to help colleagues understand the legal function’s purpose – which is to help colleagues make good decisions.

‘We’re not talking about the “best” or the “right”, but a ‘good’ decision,’ de Bie stressed.

Introducing an e-billing system ‘armed’ de Bie with data which enabled her to show how her team added value. She was able to tell the chief executive that 40% of the legal budget was spent on personal injury claims and suggested claims could be cut by talking to staff about their driving.

Major General Susan Ridge, director general of Army Legal Services, and Matthew Wilson, associate GC EMEA for taxi-hailing and foo d deliver y company Uber, were among those advising delegates during the two-day conference.

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Profession keeps on growing as women form the majority

Law Gazette News - 7 hours 25 min ago

Ninety-five years after the profession admitted Carrie Morrison, women have overtaken men as a majority of practising solicitors. That is the stand-out finding of the Law Society Annual Statistics Report, which continues to track a trend of long-term and bullish growth.

There were 139,624 solicitors with practising certificates (PC) in 2017, a 2.5% increase on the previous year and broadly in line with annual growth over the past 10 years. That is a rise of 29% in the last decade alone, highlighting just how well the profession rode out the financial crisis, and compares with a figure of just 48,937 in 1987.

Women now make up 50.1% of PC holders and 48% of the 93,155 solicitors working in private practice. Some 62% of new admissions in 2016/17 were women.

Nearly 17% of PC holders with known ethnicity are from black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) groups. Asian solicitors remain the best represented of BAME groups, making up 8.2% of all PC holders.

Law Society president Joe Egan said: ‘With more women than men and a steadily growing proportion of solicitors from a [BAME] background, it is more important than ever the profession recognises and rewards talent equally.

‘Every step towards greater equality will benefit businesses, clients and solicitors alike. ’

McFarlane LJ echoes Munby over family justice ‘disaster’

Law Gazette News - 7 hours 25 min ago

A national board set up to improve the performance of the family justice system and chaired by government ministers had not met for 17 months until recently, the president-designate of the family division has revealed.

For this crucial co-ordinating body not to be functioning at a time of crisis ‘is a disaster’, Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane declared.

McFarlane, who takes over from Sir James Munby as family division chief next month, was speaking at an event to unveil the findings of a cross-sector review, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, into the crisis in children’s social care.

The Court of Appeal judge said Munby was ‘plainly right to blow the whistle when he did’ two years ago over the significant rise in the number of care applications being received by the courts. This ‘is by no means abating’, he added.

Judges are dealing with a higher number of private law applications as well as an increased public law workload, McFarlane said. Pre-proceedings work under public law orders are ‘seen to be the entrance lobby to the courtroom, where the local authority are doing no more than ticking a box or using the process to gather evidence, rather than making a genuine effort to deliver a wake-up call to parents and divert them from the court process’, he added.

McFarlane said family justice boards are essential to the system operating well. The Family Justice Board is chaired by the Ministry of Justice and Department for Education. It has three sub-groups: the Family Justice Council, the Family Justice Young People’s Board and a performance improvement sub-group. McFarlane said the performance sub-group is the only arm that is active.

He added: ‘At a time of crisis, for the single element in the system that brings the key players together locally and nationally not to be functioning is a disaster and can properly be seen to be part of the problem. For this decline to be reversed immediately is, to my mind, a no-brainer.

CoA awards £60k damages against 'unscrupulous' fake firm fraudsters

Law Gazette News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 17:39

Lawyers say decision resolves decades of uncertainty around the application of exemplary damages.

'World first' marine insurance blockchain platform welcomed

Out Law News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 17:33
The launch of a 'world first' marine insurance blockchain platform shows that the insurance industry is moving the technology "from hype into reality", an expert has said.

Edward Argar MP joins justice ministerial team

Law Gazette News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 17:23

Dr Phillip Lee replaced by another non-lawyer at Ministry of Justice. 

Clifford Chance US associates get pay boost and bonus as firm matches Cravath's rates

Legal Week rss Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:56
Magic circle firm's US associates will now be paid between $190,000 and $350,000

HSF Germany managing partner quits for CC after less than six months in role

Legal Week rss Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:12
HSF Germany head and antitrust practice chief Michael Dietrich seals magic circle move

Ince & Co pays trainees £7,000 to push back start dates by one year

Legal Week rss Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:52
Five of firm’s autumn intake will now begin training contracts in 2019

Former Amec Foster Wheeler GC takes new role at Compass Group as long-serving legal chief retires

Legal Week rss Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:44
Compass Group GC Mark White stepping down after more than 11 years in the role

Legal aid 'likely' for bereaved families at inquests, MoJ announces

Law Gazette News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:46

Ministry of Justice says exceptional case funding guidance is being changed while officials listened to practitioners' frustrations.

CC and Latham advise as payments platform IPO values company at more than €7bn

Legal Week rss Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:34
Lawyers from four CC offices advise on Euronext Amsterdam listing

City firm keen to find CVA solution

Law Gazette News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:10

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in discussions with both sides over controversial rescue method.

Costs master denies another client's demand to see claim files

Law Gazette News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:52

Latest disclosure request in costs challenge turned down - but judge says issue will be discussed further at appeal.

Euro Global Markets Limited

FCA - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:49
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Commission to consider regulation of artificial intelligence

Law Gazette News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:38

Law Society launches year-long investigation into the impact of algorithm-driven AI on human rights and the justice system. 

Clingstone Bank Plc

FCA - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:55
We believe this firm has been providing financial services or products in the UK without our authorisation. Find out why to be especially wary of dealing with this unauthorised firm and how to protect yourself from scammers.

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