The Law Business: 26th November to 2nd 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 and the business of law including articles cited within TheLawMap 'focus of the day': 
  • A tougher form of self-regulation backed by legislation should be introduced to uphold press standards, the Leveson report has recommended. An enquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press - The Leveson Enquiry 
  • Contempt laws should be brought into the age of online information, the Law Commission has suggested in a consultation amid growing concern over the effect of the internet on jury trial. Solicitors Journal
  • Solicitors are to be allowed to refer clients onto any financial adviser, regardless of whether they are independent or not. The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set this week to relax the rule insisting lawyers’ clients can be referred only to independent advisers. Law Gazette
  • Recent religious belief versus discrimination cases show a softening towards the rights of those with strong faith. The Lawyer
  • Women and the criminal justice system: what do the latest statistics show? Guardian Law
  • The slurs on McAlpine were quickly retracted – but the legal runaway train goes hurtling on 
  • Most law firms in merger negotiations, but few end up in deals | Legal Futures 
  • Younger consumers attracted by idea of legal services from a supermarket | Legal Futures 
  • OFT targets legal websites in push to improve standards among price comparison services | Legal Futures 
  • The widely criticised Legal Education and Training Review is in its final stages | The Lawyer 
  • E-disclosure is here to stay and gathering pace, so lawyers need to get up to speed to help their clients | The Lawyer 
  • Investigations and regulations have become a core part of what in-housers have to deal with | The Lawyer
  • Grayling pushes ahead with burglar law | Solicitors Journal
  • Lord McAlpine and the high cost of tweeting gossip 
  • IFA consultation: a patronising waste of time | Law Gazette 
  • Text spamming fine puts claims farmers on notice | Law Gazette 
  • Telephone advice contract goes to Co-op | Law Gazette
  • Hudson condemns financial advice rule | Solicitors Journal 
  • SRA reviews cases for race disparity | Law Gazette
  • Lord Justice Leveson: a man of humour and compassion – where warranted 
  • Claimant lawyers ‘killed the golden goose’ - ABI | Law Gazette 
  • Litigation funding losses “have only just began” | Solicitors Journal
  • Grayling: No U-turn on pensions | Law Gazette 
  • RTA fees | Law Gazette 
  • Speeding up cases ‘risks miscarriages of justice’ | Law Gazette 
  • Lawyers fight town hall cuts | Law Gazette
  • UKBA warns lawyers over ‘queue-jumping’ | Law Gazette 
  • Fears over civil justice system ‘meltdown’ | Law Gazette 
  • Society condemns new rules on IFAs | Law Gazette
  • "External capital can bring nothing to the party" in conveyancing | Legal Futures 
  • Leveson moots arbitration service for resolving claims against the press | The Lawyer  
  • A holistic approach to forthcoming changes to Legal Aid Scheme 
  • Jackson Reforms - 'profound inability to comprehend that the value of a claim' | Law Gazette
  • CJC member rules out mandatory litigation funding code | Law Gazette 
  • Implement Jackson reforms for media litigation, says Leveson | Law Gazette
  • Solicitors rail against ‘liberalisation’ of referral rules 
  • LeO on Leveson: law shows that statutory underpinning of regulation does not harm independence | Legal Futures 
  • Law Society tells solicitors to ignore SRA's financial services reform as IFAs threaten JR | Legal Futures
  • Time to stop lawyer bashing 
  • Loft installer wins legal aid telephone contract | Solicitors Journal 
  • SRA awaiting 19,000 renewal applications with only two weeks to go | Law Gazette
  • Coleridge J cleared of misconduct on pro-marriage stance | 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. 
  • Cheaters and the sinister normalisation of our surveillance society | Naomi Wolf - Guardian Law 
  • Calls for clearer and more concise judgements | Lord Neuberger Full text of speech 

News from the Law Firms: 

Friday 30th November
  • Gibson Dunn, Baker Botts make up London lawyers in partner rounds - Legalweek 
  • CC Italy chief elected to top management team - Legalweek
  • Carillion to drive panel firm work through new low-cost legal arm - Legalweek 
  • Clydes senior partner Payton to step down after 29 years at helm - Legalweek 
  • Eversheds to set out top team with managing partner reappointment - Legalweek 
  • Hill Dickinson takes up bigger London office space as mooted partner lock-in abandoned - Legalweek 
  • Freshfields boosts fees from key relationships with new client partner push - Legalweek
  • CC, Freshfields and Links among firms on call for Kazakh mobile IPO | The Lawyer 
  • Clydes senior partner Payton to step down after three decades at the helm | The Lawyer
  • Halliwells mediation put on hold after eight months of deliberations | The Lawyer 
  • Bakers expected to win spot on new-look EDF panel | The Lawyer 
  • Baker Botts promotes London duo ahead of Rio opening | The Lawyer 
  • RPC and Taylor Hampton lock horns over Mirror phone-hacking claims | The Lawyer
Thursday 29th November
  • Kingsley Napley names family law chief as new senior partner - Legalweek
  • Pinsents leads on £5.6m settlement in Bribery Act self-reporting first - Legalweek 
  • 39 Essex Street takes on seven QCs in 24-strong move from rival set - Legalweek 
  • Simmons and Stephenson Harwood announce half-year financials - Legalweek
  • Linklaters follows magic circle rivals into DC with Washington relaunch - Legalweek 
  • SNR Denton, Salans and FMC vote through three-way Dentons merger - Legalweek
  • Taylor Wessing joins double-digit ranks with half-year turnover rise | The Lawyer
  • Clarks Shoes legal chief returns to Veale Wasbrough for City push | The Lawyer 
  • Gibson Dunn promotes one City lawyer in 11-strong global round | The Lawyer 
  • Clifford Chance adds Italy head to management team | The Lawyer 
  • Top firms tell mature students to "knock on doors" to forge career | The Lawyer 
  • Jones Lang LaSalle highlights real estate pressures for top firms | The Lawyer 
  • Martin Arnold elected as managing partner for post-merger Wedlake Bell | The Lawyer
Wednesday 28th November
Tuesday 27th November
  • Dewey and retirees tussle over multi-million debt deal | The Global Legal Post
  • Pinsents hires CC corporate veteran as firm posts 4% H1 revenue hike - Legalweek 
  • Herbert Smith Freehills leads as UBS receives £29.7m fine in rogue trader case - Legalweek
  • Gleiss, Cuatrecasas, Chiomenti and Gide in talks over Euro alliance - Legalweek 
  • Gateley to cut up to 20 fee earners across England as layoffs continue - Legalweek 
  • Bird & Bird cites strong Asia growth as firm reports double-digit H1 hike - Legalweek 
  • Slaughters elects disputes chief Clark to helm of firm as White retires - Legalweek
  • Cuatrecasas chief cleared of tax fraud as judge dismisses case | The Lawyer 
  • Orrick's China chief quits for GC role at Asian Development Bank
Monday 26th November

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