The Law Business: 14th to 20th January

Welcome to this year's second edition of the weekly 'Law Business' column brought to you by the SundayLawReview team. In the week when Lance Armstrong finally admitted to lying about using performance enhancing drugs and when the crime of insult was dropped from the statute books, we take a serious 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': 

  • Family lawyers praise High Court for jailing husband. Scot Young imprisoned for contempt after failing to disclose finances - Solicitors Journal
  • Analysis of UK Mergers & Acquisitions legal bills reveals a good performance by smaller firms and success fees on the rise. Full story - The Lawyer
  • Small and mid-sized firms feel impact of ABSs but ‘real profit’ is on the up. Full story - Legal Futures
  • Legal aid warning over contract allocation. Legal aid firms may go out of business as a result of the allocation of work for new civil legal aid contracts, representative groups have warned. Full story - Law Gazette
  • Christians and working on Sundays: what the tribunal really said. Written rulings should be published when tribunals give judgments in order to properly inform public debate. Full story - Guardian Law
  • Law Society of Scotland backs down over reforms to legal aid 
  • All-time high for European patent filings | The Global Legal Post 
  • OFT attacks complexity of legal complaints process | Solicitors Journal
  • Does competition law suit the NHS? | Law Gazette 
  • Lawyers can access unredacted records | Law Gazette
  • Betfair founder backs new ABS Brilliant Law | Law Gazette 
  • LSB backs call for simpler complaints regime | Law Gazette 
  • Law firm support staff get salary boost | The Global Legal Post 
  • Coulson J lays down law on negligent property valuations | Solicitors Journal 
  • Family lawyers praise High Court for jailing husband | Solicitors Journal
  • SRA reveals plans for Compensation Fund review | Solicitors Journal
  • Brand lessons from Claridge’s | Law Gazette
  • Society critical of employee shareholder contracts | Law Gazette 
  • Law firms make gay-friendly top 100 | Law Gazette
  • Compensation fund review to take two years | Law Gazette
  • Betfair founder revealed as principal investor in new ABS | Legal Futures 
  • PI firms outperform all others and are keenest on ABSs, finds 'state of the nation' survey | Legal Futures
  • Salaries on the up for law firm support staff, research shows | The Lawyer 
  • Law school struggles against pull of on-line courses | The Global Legal Post 
  • Women taking bigger slice of US law firm equity | The Global Legal Post
  • Training solicitors – a qualified success | Law Gazette 
  • Call for criminal sanctions against care home owners | Law Gazette 
  • High street super-survey paints upbeat picture | Law Gazette 
  • Rocket Lawyer buys legal crowd-sourcing site | Solicitors Journal 
  • Remortgage specialists among new ABSs | Solicitors Journal 
  • Law firms have gone new year crazy with promotions | The Global Legal Post 
  • External investment on legal sector menu | The Global Legal Post
  • Six more firms win ABS status | Law Gazette
  • Barrister’s discrimination claims rejected | Solicitors Journal
  • Small and mid-sized firms feel impact of ABSs but 'real profit' is on the up | Legal Futures
  • Leading insurance law firm targets non-legal services after receiving ABS licence | Legal Futures
  • London firms lead 'living wage' scheme | The Global Legal Post 
  • One in five firms likely to seek external investment | Law Gazette 
  • LETR report delayed | Solicitors Journal 
  • The Definitive Way To Decide Whether You Should Become A Barrister Or A Solicitor
  • Human rights barristers await European ruling in joined religious liberty cases | The Lawyer 
  • Questions over future of SFO; £1.3m Tchenguiz legal costs add to SFO’s woes | The Lawyer 
  • Midlands firms go their own way; Law firms keep region’s proud tradition of ingenuity alive | The Lawyer 
  • Resource-rich home territory remains a focus for Canadian firms - growing client globalisation is pulling | The Lawyer
  • Difficulty securing financing has slowed corporate activity in Germany | The Lawyer 
  • 2012's punishing economic conditions pushed many companies into administration; a look at the big UK cases | The Lawyer
  • EHCR can give a much-needed boost to freedom of belief in the workplace by offering some fresh thinking | The Lawyer 
  • Employee ownership is all fine and dandy until the time comes to sell up, when things can get complicated | The Lawyer 
  • Rumble of litigation expected but finding evidence to back up claims may be harder than finding shale gas | The Lawyer 
  • Hong Kong cracking down on sponsors will do little to restore it to a leading role in the IPO market | The Lawyer 
  • Appetite for a challenge has led to the creation of two industry legal bodies for pharmaceutical sector | The Lawyer 
  • In-depth analysis of UK M&A legal bills reveals a good performance by smaller firms | The Lawyer
  • All eyes on the Irish | Law Gazette 
  • JLD chair claims trainees need more protection | Law Gazette
  • Legal aid warning over contract allocation | Law Gazette
  • Legal apprenticeships no threat, says CILEx | Law Gazette
  • Development on town and village greens | Law Gazette 
  • Law Society backs targets to boost senior female lawyer ranks | Legalweek 
  • Education and training review delayed again | Law Gazette 
  • Law leads the way over living wage | Law Gazette 
  • Solicitors have ‘little to fear’ from Barco | Law Gazette 
  • Ombudsman prepares for ABSs after Parliament approves rule changes | Legal Futures 
  • Over 300 ABS applications waiting in the wings, says SRA | Legal Futures
  • LeO’s new regime begins on February 1 | Solicitors Journal  
  • Judge orders barrister to donate £10 to charity after mobile breaks silence in court

Articles of the week:

The UK and international articles of the week are pieces selected by @TheLawMap tweeting team based on recommendations from friends and followers of daily law news blog. 

  • Employee rights: what to expect if your company calls in the administrators | Philip Landau - Guardian Law
  • Human rights claims against undercover police to be heard in secret | Simon McKay - UK Human Rights Blog

News from the Law Firms: 

Friday 18th January
Thursday 17th January
Wednesday 16th January
Tuesday 15th January
Monday 14th January


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


TheLawMap Publications at a glance: - Daily Law News Archive - Weekly Law Business News Blog
Law Specials - A compendium of articles on Justice & Society
Wig - Daily Newspaper Focusing on Law & Society
MetaLawIndex - Informal Blog chronicling behind the scene events at LawNewsIndex & Twitter