The Law Business: 2nd to 13th January

Welcome to the first 2013 edition of the weekly 'Law Business' column from the SundayLawReview team. In this blog, we take 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': 

  • A number of chambers have signed up to the new Barco initiative, which has now been approved by the FSA. The service, introduced by the Bar Council, is a secure third-party holding escrow account, which is designed to make direct access to the bar easier. Full story - The Lawyer
  • The Solicitors Regulation Authority will not ask for a delay to the imminent ban on referral fees, despite warnings that the timetable is being rushed. Full story - Law Gazette
  • Birmingham Law Centre may be forced to close if it cannot secure at least £100,000 in funding over the next three months, its chief executive has warned. Full story - Solicitors Journal
  • Stress continues to dominate calls to legal healthcare charity LawCare, and this in turn leads some lawyers to alcoholism later in their careers, its review of 2012 has said. Full story - Legal Futures
  • Buyers of legal services are unlikely, on their own, to help stimulate competition in the legal services sector, the Consumer Panel has warned in response to the Legal Services Board’s request for advice on ways to empower consumers. Full story - Solicitors Journal
  • What can judge-watchers expect in 2013? Three supreme court vacancies, a 'chief justice' and many other judicial appointments and promotions are coming up in the next year. Full story - Guardian Law
  • Nominated staff at more than 8,800 firms this week took up their new roles as compliance officers. Full story - Law Gazette
  • An Unnamed Indian Lawyer's Analysis of Delhi Gang Rape - 'Hang my son for killing India’s daughter' - 2012 Delhi gang rape case. Full story - Law Specials
  • Time for competition law to"get real", says incoming CAT chairman | The Lawyer
  • Publication of Legal Education and Training Review put back for second time | The Lawyer 
  • Law Society president proposes targets to get women into management | The Lawyer 
  • Managing the risks posed by tablets | Law Gazette 
  • Firms promoting “mediocre men”, Law Society president says | Solicitors Journal 
  • Does the SRA practise what it preaches over OFR? | Legal Futures 
  • LSB backs end to minimum salary and to IFA referral requirement | Legal Futures 
  • Chambers sign up to escrow account pilot after FSA gives green light | Legal Futures
  • Cost of acquiring PI cases is £700 - and the referral fee ban will have no effect, says report | Legal Futures
  • Can accountants change the legal sector? | Law Gazette 
  • Law firms defy City gloom with 20,000 new hires | Law Gazette 
  • Direct access bar payment scheme launches with 10 chambers on board | The Lawyer 
  • Entries open as The Lawyer Magazine prepares for expanded awards ceremony | The Lawyer 
  • 2013: the year for legal apprenticeships 
  • BARCO approved by FSA | Solicitors Journal 
  • Employment tribunal award limits set to increase next month
  • LeO promises to ‘isolate’ claims management complaints | Solicitors Journal 
  • LASPO boosts motor insurer’s shares | Solicitors Journal 
  • Birmingham Law Centre appeals to council in survival battle | The Lawyer 
  • SFO's legal bill for Tchenguiz investigation hits £1.3m | The Lawyer 
  • We’re still on course for referral fee ban, says SRA | Law Gazette 
  • SRA and claims regulator dismiss Law Society speculation of referral fee ban "difficulty" | Legal Futures
  • Legal challenge to put an end to court papers
  • SRA appoints seven to slimmed-down disciplinary panel | Legalweek 
  • Third-party funding in spotlight as firm beats negligence rap | The Global Legal Post 
  • Legal sector mergers keep up 2011 pace | The Global Legal Post 
  • Matrimonial property rules ‘not sustainable’, family solicitors say | Solicitors Journal
  • US: Law firm mergers kept up pace in 2012 
  • Come on, let’s fix this car insurance racket | Law Gazette
  • Persenal Injury sector predicts jobs haemorrhage | Law Gazette 
  • Consumers not empowered enough to drive competition in legal market, says study | Legal Futures 
  • ABS start-up targets combination of legal and non-legal advice for SMEs | Legal Futures
  • SRA mulls making firms that want to hold client money seek permission | Legal Futures
  • UK legal sector to get 2013 boost, predicts survey | The Global Legal Post 
  • Birmingham Law Centre faces closure as LASPO approaches | Solicitors Journal 
  • Family barristers question commission’s matrimonial property principles | Solicitors Journal 
  • Singapore looks to set up International Commercial Court | The Lawyer
  • Solid last quarter boosts US law firm merger activity | The Lawyer 
  • Leading sets prepare for boom year in litigation as The Lawyer reveals 2013's top cases | The Lawyer
  • SRA slashes law firm roster after move to handle more work in-house | The Lawyer
  • Law school sends letter to prospective vacation scheme firms marking out 2:2 students | The Lawyer 
  • Government’s plan to introduce a UK Bill of Rights could have hit a wall | The Lawyer 
  • Single patent court system for Europe & high-profile phone wars putting IP at the heart of client strategy | The Lawyer 
  • Tough markets mean firms need to be more in tune with their clients and their needs in order to survive | The Lawyer
  • As far as business is concerned, the EU-wide patent system may not be the boon it’s cracked up to be | The Lawyer 
  • Top 20 Cases: This promises to be bumper season in courts, so here’s a selection of the bust-ups to watch | The Lawyer 
  • Stress tops lawyers’ concerns in 2012 | Law Gazette
  • Stress remains lawyers’ top well-being concern | Solicitors Journal  
  • Stress dominates calls to LawCare as charity outlines concerns over alcohol danger | Legal Futures
  • Government seeks to overturn Lords vote bringing bailiffs within LeO's remit | Legal Futures
  • Everything Everywhere lawyer relaunches Lawyers' Secular Society | The Lawyer
  • Empowering legal services buyers ‘an uphill struggle’ | Solicitors Journal 
  • Pace of ABS approvals quickens as total reaches 59 | Solicitors Journal
  • Law Society signals climbdown on independence stance 
  • Firm owning University of Law will have a say in controlling the institution's academic authority 
  • SRA drops 'group licensing' approach for firms operating overseas | Legal Futures 
  • In-house salaries continue to trail inflation | Law Gazette 
  • Ombudsman sets out new fees plan | LAW GAZETTE 
  • 90% of COLPs and COFAs in place, but 1,000 firms miss 1 January deadline | Legal Futures
  • RTA Portal: no plan B as government postpones expansion | Law Gazette 
  • What can judge-watchers expect in 2013? | Joshua Rozenberg
  • BPP plans apprentice scheme to bypass university in path to legal career | The Lawyer 
  • A view from the litigant in person | Law Gazette 
  • Minister signals weekend courts U-turn | Law Gazette 

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. 

  • Bradley Manning and me: why I cannot regret turning in the WikiLeaks suspect | Adrian Lamo - The Guardian
  • Law Student Unveils Life in Iran | Susan Seligson - BU Today (A publication on Boston University) 

News from the Law Firms: 

Friday 11th January
Thursday 10th January
Wednesday 9th January
Tuesday 8th January
Monday 7th January
Friday 4th January
Thursday 3rd January
Wednesday 2nd 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

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