The Law Business: 22nd to 28th October

Welcome to the weekly 'Law Business' column from the SundayLawReview team taking a cursory look at what happened in the business of law within UK as reported by online legal publications throughout last week.

The most interesting articles on developments, compliance and the business of law including articles cited within TheLawMap 'focus of the day':

  • More women could bring compensation claims for equal pay following a ground-breaking ruling by the UK's Supreme Court | Global Legal Post
  • The chairman of the Legal Services Board (LSB) has strongly criticised the Bar Council for its approach to dealing with the board, characterising its reaction to the Legal Services Act reforms as “walking backwards slowly” | Legal Futures
  • Tough new SFO policies on gifts and payments mean companies need lawyers on their side | The Lawyer
  • No place for private equity in law firms, say finance chiefs. More than three-quarters of finance directors at leading commercial law firms believe private equity investment is inappropriate | Law Gazette
  • BSB sets course for barrister partnerships in 2013 and ABSs in 2014 | Legal Futures 
  • Warning over “unbelievable” referral fee ban timetable that could leave firms just weeks to adapt | Legal Futures
  • Women lawyers to appear in Saudi courts - under certain circumstances | The Lawyer 
  • Proposals to centralise the eurozone’s banking system have had a sistinctly mixed response | The Lawyer
  • Is the ABS system more likely to redress gender imbalance than quotas? | The Lawyer 
  • Austerity cuts could leave judges in the dark over implications of Jackson reforms | The Lawyer
  • News International considering Armstrong libel costs claim | The Lawyer 
  • Nationwide gears up for wholesale panel revamp | The Lawyer 
  • Government goes ahead with plea bargaining | Solicitors Journal
  • Top firms “waking up” to competition from ABS; with one in five planning conversion themselves | Legal Futures 
  • Now Piers Morgan’s Mirror and The People accused of phone hacking -
  • IRAN judiciary bars Ahmadinejad from visiting prison, in sign of his declining influence
  • Finding the skills to manage change | Law Gazette 
  • No loophole for fee-ban dodgers, SRA warns | Law Gazette
  • Top firms plan to recruit non-lawyer partners | Solicitors Journal 
  • Solicitors could be struck off for breaching referral fee ban | Solicitors Journal
  • Law School Falsified Jobs Data, Ex-Employee Says - Law Blog - Wall Street Journal 
  • Frankie Boyle, free speech and legal jokes 
  • Online presence is main source of lead generation for commercial firms, says survey | Legal Futures 
  • Be bold and ignore the vested interests, LETR told | Legal Futures 
  • Court interpreter mess ‘led to custody’, MPs told | Law Gazette 
  • Salford claims centre rates poorly with solicitors | Law Gazette 
  • Bar regulator confirms move into ABSs | Law Gazette
  • Gary McKinnon’s solicitor has described the future for criminal legal aid firms as ‘very scary’ | Law Gazette 
  • PPI text spammers face £250k fines | Law Gazette
  • Barrister partnerships possible from 2013; BSB set to regulate ABSs - Legalweek 
  • Scottish independence: 'Unfortunate' wrong impression given on legal advice
  • Scottish independence: Law officers 'approved EU documents'  
  • Repeat clients are main source of solicitors’ work, says major survey | Legal Futures
  • Lawyers struggle to take commercial advantage of social media 
  • Bar regulator confirms move into ABSs | Law Gazette
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. 
  • Law degree: so I want to be a lawyer. How do I pay for it? Exploring the bursaries, scholarships, loans available to undergraduate students. Catherine Bakshi - Guardian Law
  • The South African judiciary urgently needs more women, but race and gender are not the only considerations for new appointments, says Judge Selby Baqwa | Louise Flanagan IOL News

News from the Law Firms: 

Friday 26th October
Thursday 25th October
Wednesday 24th October
Tuesday 23rd October
Monday 22nd October

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