The Law Business: 28th Jan to 3rd February

Welcome to the year's fourth edition of the weekly 'Law Business' column brought to you by the SundayLawReview team. This week, news of QASA being delayed until September formed the major discussion point amongst the criminal law fraternity. A very interesting annual survey on staff satisfaction at the Ministry of Justice revealed low levels of satisfaction with a very high percentage of staff refusing to recommend the department as a great place to work. National firm Cobbetts announced the appointment of administrators at the start of the weak despite posting solid financial results last December. 


At the start of the week lawyers in Kenya had been asked to dress in a more formal manner when representing clients. In solidarity with the profession we tried on many an outfit all along the Chancery Lane shops but in the end, decided to return to our worn out jeans and sandals. Total relaxation is absolutely crucial for this team when taking 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': 

  • Bar Council and Law Society at loggerheads as standard terms of contract come into force. Full story - Legal Futures
  • Costs budgeting: why judges need more training. Now that we are only two months from Jackson D-Day, solicitors are waking up to the prospect of costs budgeting. Full story - Law Gazette
  • A recent case clarifies the point at which employee consultation should start in regard to redundancies. In a recent case (USA v Nolan), the advocate general of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Paulo Mengozzi reminded us of a key principle in any restructuring: a company’s communication strategy. Full story - The Lawyer
  • Libel litigant exceeded costs budget ‘for good reason’. The Court of Appeal has ruled that a libel litigant who greatly exceeded her costs budget could depart from it ‘with good reason’. Full story - Solicitors Journal
  • ISPs and defamation law: hold fire, Robert Jay. Defining internet service providers as publishers within defamation law would be totally unworkable. Full story - Guardian Law
  • A dissenting Judge - why I’ll miss the Lord Chief Justice when he hangs up the gown and retires in September | Law Gazette 
  • Tougher test for family expert witnesses | Solicitors Journal 
  • Ombudsman predicts more cases as compensation limit rises | Law Gazette 
  • Revised QASA timetable confirms new 10-month delay | Legal Futures 
  • Top-100 English firm slams into buffers | The Global Legal Post 
  • Jackson LJ condemns ‘massive legal fees’ in sandwich shop battle | Solicitors Journal 
  • Confusion over implementation date of new Part 36 rule | Solicitors Journal 
  • Brand loyalty – and the ski-jacket owners’ club | Law Gazette
  • Civil justice advisers condemn PI fixed fees as ‘unrealistic’ | Law Gazette 
  • Government unveils revamped legal panel | The Lawyer
  • Values and Lawyers Ethics: A Second Brief Survey | Lawyer Watch
  • SRA needs to hold "overzealous lawyers" to account for advice that enables client wrongdoing | Legal Futures 
  • Bar Council and Law Society at loggerheads as standard terms of contract come into force | Legal Futures
  • Who's having a Bud? Intellectual property | The Global Legal Post 
  • Push for negligence advice to be privileged | The Global Legal Post
  • SRA “doesn't have responsibility for trainees” at Cobbetts | The Lawyer 
  • College of Law encouraged by Cobbetts' treatment of trainees | The Lawyer 
  • Recruiters: Cobbetts was continuing to hire lawyers up until December | The Lawyer
  • Supreme Court dismisses contempt appeal | Solicitors Journal 
  • Not entirely Honest Abe | Law Gazette 
  • Labour warns of Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s ‘Trojan horse’ attacks | Law Gazette
  • Law firms suffer fall in fees as north-south gap widens | The Scotsman 
  • Simplify the Law owner unveils cash injection from external investor | Legal Futures 
  • Law Society hits out at 'inadequate' client-care rules in Bar's new public access training | Legal Futures 
  • Small firms left at the altar as mid-sized law firms eye merger opportunities | Legal Futures 
  • ATE insurance market ‘has a future’ | Solicitors Journal
  • Rise in corporate manslaughter cases | Solicitors Journal 
  • Enhanced criminal records checks ‘breach human rights’ | Solicitors Journal
  • Cash rich or cash poor? Litigation funding | The Global Legal Post 
  • Legal aid is the key to a diverse profession | Law Gazette 
  • Business lobby condemns ‘opt-out’ regime in competition actions | Law Gazette 
  • More firms ask for help to fund tax bills | Law Gazette 
  • ABS specialising in claims by builders and cabbies eyes external investment | Legal Futures 
  • If at first you don't succeed... SRA tries again to increase £2,000 fining power | Legal Futures 
  • Response from Britain's main lawyers' bodies to a proposed referendum on EU membership was surprisingly muted The Global Legal Post
  • Regulating litigation funding | The Global Legal Post 
  • Conveyancing firms have criticised some of the country’s biggest lenders for excluding them from their business panels 
  • Knowledge management is an increasingly important function in offering quality client service | The Lawyer
  • Financial disputes are starting to dominate the English courts | The Lawyer 
  • Lawyers must be sure their clients with land interests are insured against wildlife-related hold-ups | The Lawyer 
  • A recent case clarifies the point at which employee consultation should start in regard to redundancies | The Lawyer 
  • The Supreme Court choked when it could have developed the law on legal advice privilege | The Lawyer 
  • The Lawyer Hot 100 2013 unveiled | The Lawyer 
  • Understanding the CPR | Solicitors Journal
  • Costs budgeting: why judges need more training | Law Gazette
  • SRA calms referral fee fears | Law Gazette 
  • 1,000 firms face Santander panel exit over CQS | Law Gazette 
  • Simplify complaints procedures, OFT tells profession | Law Gazette 
  • DBA caps set by government | Law Gazette 
  • MoJ reveals £600m in court fines are unpaid | Law Gazette 
  • Judicial review limits attacked | Law Gazette 
  • Economic woes prompt firms to ditch lockstep | Law Gazette
  • Costs and assessing unreasonable behaviour | Law Gazette
  • Solicitors face sanction threat over COLP/COFA forms | Law Gazette 
  • Legal professional privilege fight goes on | Law Gazette
  • Consumer panel attacks regulators for not making lawyer registers available to comparison websites | Legal Futures

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. 

  • Sixty-eight years after Auschwitz: Why we still remember | Gabriella Swerling - The Independent 
  • We don’t make our country stronger by forcing refugees into desperation | Natasha Walter - New Statesman
  • Lord chief justice: changes to judiciary 'eroding something important' | Joshua Rozenborg - The Guardian
  • Restorative Justice Is Not Forgiveness | Ted Wachtel - Huff Post

News from the Law Firms & Chambers: 

Friday 1st February
Thursday 31st January
Wednesday 30th January
Tuesday 29th January
Monday 28th 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
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