The Law Business: 3rd to 9th 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': 

  • Tension grows as lawyers call for Jackson reform details to avoid last-minute rush. As the countdown to 2013 begins many litigators will be thinking about the impending implementation of Sir Rupert Jackson’s costs reforms. Yet frustration is mounting over the lack of detail coming out of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) over the reform programme | The Lawyer
  • There are widespread failures among law firms to comply with a host of key regulatory requirements, from their websites to the Bribery Act | Legal Futures
  • SRA targets 400 firms that have not yet notified their compliance officer arrangements. Only 5,000 firms have had compliance officers confirmed after the SRA completed its first round of approvals last week | Solicitors Journal
  • Barristers will be forced to take strike action for the first time if the Government pushes ahead with its proposed reform of the legal aid system, the new head of the Criminal Bar Association has said | The Telegraph
  • Dos and don'ts for the bill of rights commission. The commission's report on whether the Human Rights Act should be repealed is soon due. What should be avoided? | Guardian law
  • Firm and school strive to plug legal aid gap 
  • Justice Secretary wants police to be able to breathalyse at random 
  • Wealth manager targets ABS licence after major hire | Legal Futures 
  • From cost centre to profit centre: FTSE 250 company eyes ABS as it offers paralegal service to others | Legal Futures 
  • SRA begins action against 400 COLP/COFA defaulters as first approvals are issued | Legal Futures 
  • Commission to examine effect of legal aid cuts as demand for service surges
  • Media lawyers predict changes to reputation management in wake of Leveson | The Lawyer
  • Copyright law hampering ISPs 
  • Quindell snaps up law firm and claims manager in £60m deal | Law Gazette 
  • "Bizarre" move to keep ABSs within compensation fund indefinitely gets green light | Legal Futures
  • Fine triggers row of law firm advertising | The Global Legal Post
  • The rise of the 'spiritual' law firm | The Global Legal Post
  • The SRA and referral fees | Law Gazette 
  • Bill would spare ‘innovative’ doctors from negligence risks | Law Gazette 
  • No legal aid cuts for social welfare appeals | Law Gazette
  • Regulatory glut hurts credit flows, says magic circle firm | The Global Legal Post
  • The top 5 legal issues currently facing US employers 
  • SRA: "too many" COLP and COFA nominees failing to disclose suitability issues | Legal Futures 
  • EU mulls more flexible online copyright law 
  • Justice Secretary Chris Grayling urged to raise 'illogical' age of criminal responsibility 
  • Regional Administrative Courts have promoted access to justice and lawyers outside London have geared up | The Lawyer 
  • Ever-changing taxation environment and a booming resources sector mean life is never dull | The Lawyer 
  • The Lawyer’s latest Top 50 litigation firms list shows that business for dispute specialists is roaring | The Lawyer
  • Mediation talks between ex-Halliwells partners and liquidators are adjourned | The Lawyer 
  • Tension grows as lawyers call for Jackson reform details to avoid last-minute rush | The Lawyer 
  • Allow not-for-profit agencies to charge, says LSB as it delays date for them to become ABSs | Legal Futures 
  • Connect2Law appoints new chief executive | Solicitors Journal
  • Scottish Law Society goes ahead with restricted ABSs | Solicitors Journal 
  • SRA approves compliance officers | Law Gazette 
  • Egypt judges boycott constitution vote | Law Gazette 
  • ‘Oppressive’ employment litigants costs call | Law Gazette 
  • Interpreters ‘gag’ probe | Law Gazette 
  • Adviser warns on traffic accident portal fees | Law Gazette 
  • Voluntary sector should be able to charge - LSB | Law Gazette
  • The most senior Judge in Wales Mr Justice Wyn Williams appointed chairman of Professional Regional Game Board
  • Judiciary faces public crisis unless it appoints more women and ethnic minorities, says Jack Straw
  • Deconstructing the Law School Deconstructionists | Huffington Post

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. 
  • Is Law School a Good Investment? | Letters to the Editor - New York Times
  • Jack Straw on judicial appointments: 'Labour went too far' | Joshua Rozenberg - Guardian Law 

News from the Law Firms: 

Friday 7th December
Thursday 6th December
Wednesday 5th December
Tuesday 4th December
Monday 3rd 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.