The Law Business: 17th to 23rd December

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, business and the study of law including articles cited within TheLawMap 'focus of the day': 

  • Making digital copies of music, films and other copyrighted material for personal use is to be made legal for the first time under government plans. Full story - BBC
  • SRA admits disappointment at COLP and COFA figures. Several hundred firms face having their authorisation revoked for failing to appoint acceptable compliance officers, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said today. Full story - Law Gazette
  • Legal action swirling around the London interest rate scandal is set to engulf a horde of bankers once a leading Swiss player cuts a deal with various international authorities. Full story - Global Legal Post
  • Barrister snub to diversity monitoring “embarrassing” and “pathetic”. Only a handful of the 15,000-plus members of the Bar have disclosed information such as whether they went to public or state schools, in a snub to the chairs of the Bar and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) who had personally requested it. Full story - Legal Futures
  • Leveson's legal eagles will repeat all the old mistakes. Putting lawyers in charge of the press regulator will lead to endless hearings and the stultified pace of the courtroom – just like the old, dismantled Press Council. Full story - Guardian Law
  • Traditional firms "more innovative than ABSs", says SRA, as it promises COLP/COFA reassurance | Legal Futures
  • Judges take on ministers over supreme court
  • Statutory underpinning of rather close supervision of the legal profession but not of journalists | Law Gazette
  • Lord Phillips to challenge government on Supreme Court admin appointments | The Lawyer
  • Women lawyer count still low in US, state survey reveals | The Global Legal Post 
  • Lawyers across Scotland boycott custody courts in legal aid row 
  • Recommendations by FCAs accepted by courts in 75% of cases
  • LSB urges conveyancing regulators to consider alternatives to client account | Legal Futures 
  • Accountants launch bid to become ABS regulator, with 100 applications in the offing | Legal Futures
  • PC renewals ‘relatively trouble free’ but 4,500 short | Law Gazette 
  • Bill of rights commission splits | Law Gazette
  • Lords challenge Grayling’s control of Supreme Court appointment | Solicitors Journal
  • Increase in JRs 'mainly the result of' immigration cases, MoJ admits | Solicitors Journal 
  • Sheriff courts are halted by lawyers’ legal aid protest
  • Ken Clarke fails to rule out need for secret courts in MoD cases 
  • Commission fails to agree on UK Bill of Rights | Solicitors Journal 
  • Six thousand solicitors and firms fail to submit PC applications | Solicitors Journal 
  • Solicitors can rely on Limitation Act when chasing unpaid fees | Solicitors Journal 
  • Yielding the greatest return? | Law Gazette 
  • Consolidation in the legal sector | Law Gazette 
  • Commission: ‘strong argument in favour of a UK bill of rights’ | Law Gazette
  • Lawyers who head for the high street 
  • Thousands of solicitors face losing right to practise after PC renewal failures | Legal Futures 
  • Lawyers happier with LeO than complainants but malcontents on both sides see bias against them | Legal Futures 
  • Lawyers call for new equality law after £700k study
  • Hillsborough lawyers welcome new inquests and police investigation | The Lawyer
  • 'Several hundred' firms will not have COLPs and COFAs | Solicitors Journal 
  • Fixed fees and portal for mesothelioma claims | Solicitors Journal 
  • High threshold for offensive social media prosecutions | Law Gazette 
  • SRA admits disappointment at COLP and COFA figures | Law Gazette 
  • Robert Bork obituary: Controversial lawyer & legal scholar who was a pugnacious standard bearer for the American right 
  • These CPS guidelines make the law around social media vastly more clear
  • Hundreds of delinquent firms move closer to COLP/COFA action | Legal Futures
  • Mayson warns regulators against denying ABS licences over access to justice fears | Legal Futures
  • Supreme Court rules on termination of employment contracts | Solicitors Journal 
  • Lawyers gather as HP execs gear up for Autonomy battle | The Global Legal Post 
  • Frontline regulators hit back at LSB assessment of their performance | Legal Futures 
  • Rules on judicial evaluation and QCs to change in QASA shake-up | Legal Futures 
  • Private equity, share schemes and non-lawyer partners: new ABSs highlight diversity of uses | Legal Futures
  • Create constitutional rights, not a new bill – Law Society | Law Gazette 
  • Trainee retention figures hold up | Law Gazette
  • All I want for Christmas: law firm leaders share their Christmas wish-lists | The Lawyer 
  • Portal company warns over April deadline | Solicitors Journal 
  • Quality and compliance – it’s all the same, isn’t it? | Law Gazette 
  • Dispute numbers decline as crash impact fades | Law Gazette 
  • Power of attorney applications lead MoJ’s digital dash | Law Gazette 
  • RTA Portal software may not be ready for deadline | 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. 
  • Review of the Year 2012 | The Lawyer
  • What connects us: can the answer be human rights? | Eduardo Reyes - Law Gazette

News from the Law Firms: 

Friday 21st December
Thursday 20th December
Wednesday 19th December
Tuesday 18th December
Monday 17th December

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.