The Law Business: 4th to 10th March

Welcome to the year's ninth edition of the weekly 'Law Business' column brought to you by the SundayLawReview team. This week, a man dressed as the caped crusader Batman handed over a wanted man at a Bradford police station before disappearing into the night. Echoing the sentiment somewhat, the team was dragged into the 13th annual Legal IT Business show at the Business Design Centre in London. Unlike the hospitality offered at the police station, we had a fascinating afternoon.  

A member of our team at the Legal Business IT Show

The Conservative disapproval of human rights judgements issued by ECHR does not seem to go away. While the Home Secretary Theresa May and the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling appear to be fundamentally intent upon reducing the influence of decisions made in Europe, Grayling's predecessor Ken Clarke and the Liberal Democrat coalition partners oppose such moves. Pollution has got the government in trouble this week with the Supreme Court reserving judgement over breach of EU air pollution laws. The government has admitted that air quality laws would be breached in 20 regions until 2020 with London entering legal limits by 2025. Employment prospect for students graduating from US Law Schools may still be hampered by the dismal economic climate, but to address the problem it would appear that at least one University is soon to set up a Law Firm. Law students world over should also take heart from the fact that many of the Forbes Richest list contains influential law graduates. However, Lord Sumption’s has made an intriguing assertion that to be the best, lawyers need not study law, appears to be gaining credence. This is a debate that would rage on but this column would like to urge all those students wishing to study law to just go for it. Moving on from Law students to Law professioals, this column takes 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': 

Notable 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. 

  • 'Rape a tool for subjugating women', states Justice Gita Mittal of Delhi High Court | Staff reporter - The Indian Express 
  • Baroness Helena Kennedy on Her Radical Law Career | Beth Pitts - The Next Women 
  • Unleash the Lawyer-Bloggers | Paul M Barrett - Bloomberg Businessweek 
  • The Vicky Pryce case highlights why 'marital coercion' should be thrown out | Joshua Rozenberg - The Guardian 

News from the Law Firms & Chambers: 

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

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