The Law Business: 1st to 7th October

Welcome to an all new weekly column from the SundayLawReview team. The aim of this blog is a cursory look upon what happened in the business of law within UK as reported by online legal publications throughout the previous week. Changes in legislation affecting the way lawyers operate, legal education as well as news from the law firms would be this column's main focus.

The most interesting articles on developments, compliance and the business of law including articles cited within TheLawMap 'focus of the day':
  • Long court appeals a 'source of real fury', says lord chief justice. Head of judiciary says it's not right for legal cases to take up to eight years to conclude, such as that of Abu Hamza. Full story - Guardian Law
    The mishmash of global legal education regimes need to be unified for the sake of efficient international business. The International Bar Association needs to take a lead role in levelling the playing field. Full story - Global Legal Post
  • The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is reviewing its Bribery Act guidance, with sections on self-reporting, facilitation payments, gifts and hospitality currently withdrawn from the watchdog's website. Full story - Legalweek 
  • Solicitors have expressed concerns over the quality of justice at employment tribunals if ‘legal officers’ take over the role of judges and hear interlocutory applications. Full story - Solicitors Journal
  • Almost 30 firms had applied to enter the assigned risks pool (ARP) within two days of the professional indemnity insurance deadline passing, according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Full story - Law Gazette
  • At times like these, when partners are being asked to leave firms, it’s wise to ensure you’re prepared | The Lawyer
  • The global legal education regimes need to be unified for efficient international business | The Global Legal Post 
  • Political imperatives may lead to G4S paying a high price for the London 2012 security fiasco | The Lawyer 
  • A career in the law remains a dream come true for many - Learning curve | The Global Legal Post
  • Offshore litigation boom will be just a bubble unless jurisdictions dump protectionism | The Lawyer
  • Scottish lawyers top legal aid pay charts | The Global Legal Post 
  • Only 28 firms enter ARP | Solicitors Journal 
  • Relief for solicitors’ wallets as small number of firms apply to enter ARP | Legal Futures  
  • Law schools must reduce their class sizes. There are simply too many lawyers and too many law students in the United States nowadays. Only about half of recent graduates of law schools, of which there also are too many, are securing permanent full-time employment in the legal profession at this point. 
  • QOCS likely to be extended, Ramsey J says | Solicitors Journal
  • So you want to be an international lawyer? What newly merged Herbert Smith Freehills, the largest law firm in Asia Pacific, is looking for in its graduate recruitment | Guardian Law
Articles of the week:

The UK and international articles of the week are two pieces selected by @TheLawMap tweeting team based on recommendations from friends and followers of daily law news blog. 
    • Why Maria Miller is wrong about abortion rights. Our women's minister is using 'feminism' to justify her attack on a woman's right to choose. That can't be right. | The Guardian - Jane Martinson
    • Swedish furniture company Ikea has said it regrets that images of women are missing from the Saudi version of its catalogue. | BBC News

      News from the Law Firms: 

      Friday 5th October
        Thursday 4th October
      Wednesday 3rd October
      Tuesday 2nd October
      Monday 1st October

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