The Law Business: 4th to 10th February

Welcome to the year's fifth edition of the weekly 'Law Business' column brought to you by the SundayLawReview team. In the week when women were finally allowed to wear trousers in the streets of Paris 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': 

  • Secret courts are totalitarian and would destroy our country’s moral standing in the world. Full story - The Lawyer
  • Justice secretary Chris Grayling has said the proposed new small-claims court limit of £5,000 may be ‘too low’ – despite the ongoing consultation on raising the figure from £1,000. Full story - Law Gazette
  • MPs have approved same-sex marriage in England and Wales in a key Commons vote, despite the opposition of almost half the Conservative MPs. Full story - BBC
  • Collective actions will fuel ‘litigation culture’. The US Institute for Legal Reform echoed the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) warning that US-style collective actions would ‘fuel a litigation culture in the UK’. Full story - Law Gazette
  • Solicitors acting for thousands of construction workers are appealing a decision by the Metropolitan police not to investigate claims that officers supplied information to an illegal blacklist of construction workers. Full story - Guardian Law
  • The defamation bill is now in thrall to a politically motivated Leveson clause 
  • The Bundle: UK law in boom and bust - and jury trial by Google | The Bundle from Guardian Law 
  • Complaints, horrible jumpers and ill-fitting socks | Law Gazette 
  • Grieve alarmed by ‘trial by Google’ | Law Gazette 
  • Co-op launches in-house legal training scheme | Solicitors Journal
  • London partner recruitment by US law firms hits record levels - Legalweek 
  • Scottish Solicitors involved in children's cases must sign up to new code of practice to be able to apply for legal aid
  • London-based Italian lawyers sanctioned over volume overseas conveyancing | Legal Futures 
  • Clients reject notion of lower legal fees in return for reduced consumer protection | Legal Futures 
  • Flash law school applicants continue legacy | The Global Legal Post 
  • Law firms told to 'embrace reality' | The Global Legal Post
  • Consumers like indemnity insurance, LSB panel research finds | Solicitors Journal 
  • Claims management company first to buy law firm | Solicitors Journal 
  • ‘First legal brokerage’ to manage cases for wealthy clients | Solicitors Journal 
  • Legal services turnover ‘to rise by 4.2 per cent from 2015’ | Solicitors Journal 
  • EU crime and justice measures of ‘real importance’ says DPP Starmer | Law Gazette 
  • 400 jobs saved as Cobbetts deal goes through | Law Gazette
  • Strong growth will not return to legal market until 2016, forecasts Law Society | Legal Futures 
  • Leading ABS set to open up entry to the law through 'Learning Academy' | Legal Futures
  • Future Law School Applicants Tend To Have Bigger Egos Than Their Peers
  • Court contract handling by Ministry of Justice 'a shambles' 
  • Layoffs rattle European, UK law firms 
  • What Mid Staffs and RBS have in common | Law Gazette 
  • Leniency for whistleblowing? This is not the NYPD | Law Gazette 
  • Small-claims limit could rise above £5,000, Grayling admits | Law Gazette 
  • Lords back low-cost libel arbitration | Solicitors Journal
  • Public law ultra vires | Law Gazette
  • Peers pass low-cost arbitration law for victims of press defamation 
  • Law firm profits fall to 2010 levels, leading to cash-flow warning 
  • ‘Limited trust’ undermines SRA whistleblower plan - Society | Law Gazette 
  • EC proposes new money-laundering controls | Law Gazette
  • SRA keeps PC fee split | Solicitors Journal
  • A quarter of judges escape Grayling’s pension cuts | Law Gazette 
  • Mid-sized firms feel the pinch in Scotland | Law Gazette
  • Legal consultancy offers exit strategy for PI firms “without firesale” | Legal Futures 
  • Law Society claims new barrister terms are biased 
  • Insurer wrong to reject law firm's blanket notification of possible claims, High Court rules | Legal Futures 
  • Bringing retail to the law: stores, customers and footfall | LEGAL FUTURES:
  • Call for care failings disclosure laws | Law Gazette 
  • Heads of chambers unite against QASA as criminal Bar bids to build alliance | Legal Futures
  • Law firms eating into savings after partners saw earnings fall last year
  • The Cobbetts administration highlights the importance of partners knowing their firm’s financial position | The Lawyer 
  • Fresh thinking urgently required in the partnership model for Law Firms | The Lawyer
  • Those administering estates should look into the causes of death of people with military connections | The Lawyer 
  • Appeal court’s weak decision undermines efforts to constrain legal costs and adds to judges’ burden | The Lawyer 
  • Secret courts are totalitarian and would destroy our country’s moral standing in the world | The Lawyer 
  • Government must consider employment law implications of ramping up the role of armed forces reservists | The Lawyer 
  • Disclosure ruling rocks banks | Law Gazette 
  • Courtroom savings hard to interpret | Law Gazette 
  • Firms sign up to beat fee ban | Law Gazette 
  • SRA redraws plan to increase fines for firms | Law Gazette 
  • Exceptional case proves Jackson rule | Law Gazette
  • Barristers pose no ‘alternative solicitors’ threat, says bar chair | Law Gazette 
  • Collective actions will fuel ‘litigation culture’ | Law Gazette 
  • Small-claims revamp may hit portal | Law Gazette 
  • Warnings follow Cobbetts collapse | Law Gazette
  • Regional sets are having to face up to the fact that their world is changing, and fast | The Lawyer 

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. 

  • 'Sharia Law has no place in Britain or anywhere else' | Nahla Mahmoud - Left Foot Forward
  • Data Protection Laws, an Ocean Apart | Natasha Singer - The New York Times
  • More women forced into slavery after change to immigration law | Paul Peachey - The Independent 
  • Gay marriage: some legal inequalities will remain | Owen Bowcott - The Guardian 

News from the Law Firms & Chambers: 

Friday 8th February
Thursday 7th February
Wednesday 6th February
Tuesday 5th February
Monday 4th February

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