The Law Business: 19th to 25th 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': 
  • Diverse judiciary more than 50 years away, says supreme court justice. Lord Sumption calls for debate on positive discrimination in favour of women and ethnic minority candidates to achieve a more representative bench. Full story - Guardian Law
  • Lawyers responded critically to the prime minister’s call today for measures to cut the number of applications for judicial review. Full story - Law Gazette
  • Legal aid cuts and an increase in the number of litigants in person could lead to the creation of a “black hole” for civil law reform, Mr Justice Foskett has suggested. Full story - Solicitors Journal
  • Maternity leave change will revolutionise the workplace. When Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced changes to our system of maternity leave and flexible working, he ushered in a new working environment. Full story - The Lawyer
  • Law firms are waking up to the fact that technology can manage social media without loss of control. Full story - Global Legal Post
  • Are legal curbs the answer for Britain's errant newspapers? 
  • Get advice and service right, and price becomes less important | Legal Futures:
  • An economic message for our regulators | Law Gazette 
  • Cameron announces curbs on judicial reviews | Law Gazette
  • RTA costs to be cut by £700 | Law Gazette 
  • UK firms keen to outsource core services | The Global Legal Post 
  • Unsustainable pricing means most conveyancing firms are "bust", says leading entrepreneur | Legal Futures: 
  • First successes in red tape challenge with SRA set to sweep away City irritants | Legal Futures: 
  • Legal aid cuts could lead to law reform ‘black hole’ | Solicitors Journal 
  • 'I can't intervene in SAS sniper case,' attorney general tells defence secretary 
  • Disparage the competition - some firms are doing this to new market entrants | Law Gazette
  • Exclusivity at the bar | Law Gazette 
  • The Co-op’s a game-changer | Law Gazette 
  • Legal Aid Agency names new faces | Law Gazette 
  • New portal fees threaten access to justice, says Society | Law Gazette
  • Edinburgh lawyers strike against legal aid proposals | The Global Legal Post 
  • Justice Secretary: Lack of focus on education and improving skills in young offenders' institutions is a 'travesty' 
  • Lawyers face £1.4m bill after government confirms end to 'free' ombudsman cases | Legal Futures:
  • LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer go head to head again - in the courts | Legal Futures: 
  • ABS-in-waiting to double in size as non-lawyer backing prompts massive recruitment drive | Legal Futures:
  • Equal pay and ‘an unacceptable degree of violence’ | Law Gazette 
  • High Court judge to visit law firms | Law Gazette
  • Secret courts suffer humiliating defeat in House of Lords 
  • College of Law rebranded University of Law | The Lawyer   
  • LSB to consult on regulation of sole practitioners | Solicitors Journal 
  • Legal wigs to sort out rules on internet defamation, contempt
  • Government will not set limit on payments permitted under referral fee ban exception | Legal Futures:
  • Lord chancellor takes a constitutional in the Lords | Law Gazette
  • Structured finance could be heading for the scrapheap at elite firms | The Lawyer
  • Regulatory pressures push in-housers closer to management, says KPMG | The Lawyer
  • UK firms are "shying away" from BD, says NatWest | 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. 

News from the Law Firms: 

Friday 23rd November
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Wednesday 21th November
Tuesday 20th November
Monday 19th November

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