The Law Business: 12th to 18th November

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': 

  • Simply being a solicitor “is not enough” in the new legal market, but by raising standards further through accreditation schemes and using their brand recognition, solicitors can preserve a dominant market share, the Law Society’s chief executive has insisted. Full story - Legal Futures
  • Expert witnesses are divided on whether the Jackson reforms will cut their fees or lead to injustices, a survey has found. A large minority, 39 per cent, said they believed implementation of the reforms in April 2013 would lead to injustices. Full story - Solicitors Journal
  • The City of London Law Society has criticised what it calls ‘misconceived’ assumptions underpinning the landmark review of legal education and training. Full story - Law Gazette
  • Bar Council chairman Michael Todd QC has called for the Legal Services Board (LSB) to be "disbanded", citing support from Attorney General Dominic Grieve and new Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Full story - Legalweek
  • UK's relationship with the Council of Europe soon to reach a turning point. Full story - Guardian Law
  • ABS joint ventures to get around referral fee ban will be fine, SRA says | Legal Futures 
  • Bar Council to press “sympathetic” Grayling to scrap LSB | Legal Futures 
  • American firms build up English law capabilities in the City | The Lawyer 
  • Offshore M&A drops but value remains high | The Lawyer 
  • Lawyers outstrip accountants in pay battle | The Global Legal Post 
  • Recorder did not show ‘bias and partiality’ against law firm | Solicitors Journal
  • Court ‘assumed for itself’ power to allocate social housing | Solicitors Journal
  • Lawyer salary hikes fall below national average, says survey | The Lawyer 
  • Citizens Advice trains guns on CMCs – and their regulator for not prosecuting any | Legal Futures
  • InjuryLawyers4u confident over referral fee ban as it opens up panel for first time in eight years | Legal Futures 
  • SRA chairman says too many solicitors are “simply not good enough” | Legal Futures
  • Judges could make ‘ill-informed’ decisions on costs, says Gloster | Law Gazette 
  • Claims management regulation ‘won't be transferred’ | Law Gazette 
  • Hooper: call police over ‘corrupt’ referral fees | Law Gazette 
  • Lawyers in Local Government likely to be the name of a new body combining Solicitors in Local Government | Law Gazette 
  • Jackson reforms to heighten potential conflict of interest where barristers are deal directly with public | Law Gazette
  • Society mental health scheme to become mandatory | Law Gazette 
  • Video in courts ‘not being used’ | Law Gazette 
  • Scots protest over legal aid cuts | Law Gazette 
  • Litigants in person ‘need more support’ | Law Gazette 
  • Grayling renews human rights assault after Qatada release | Law Gazette 
  • Bar builds student appeal despite drop in pupillages | Law Gazette
  • Bar chief rebuffed over LSB closure | Law Gazette 
  • MySRA log jam cleared in ‘record time’ | Solicitors Journal 
  • English regulator: many solicitors 'simply not good enough' | The Global Legal Post 
  • Diverse judiciary more than 50 years away, says supreme court justice 
  • Law school wins record scholarship fund donation | The Global Legal Post
  • Black Solicitors Network names UK's most diverse law firms | Legalweek 
  • New Bar stats reveal 20% drop in number called during 2010-11 | Legalweek
  • Law not like ‘any old commodity’, Lord Neuberger tells LETR | Solicitors Journal  
  • Local authority bodies moot merger as Law Society reviews grant | The Lawyer 

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. 
  • Judicial dialogue? Straw and Bratza deliver choice words on Strasbourg | Joshua Rozenberg

News from the Law Firms: 

Friday 16th November
Thursday 15th November
Wednesday 14th November
Tuesday 13th November
Monday 12th November

We would like to thank all the publications cited in this week's column. Please notify via @SundayLawReview Twitter handle of any errors or omissions.