The Sunday Law Review: 16th to 22nd November

Welcome to the weekly Law Business column brought to you by the Sunday Law Review team. 

This is the week in which we learnt from the annual pay survey by the Office for National Statistics that solicitors, in some instances earned less than train drivers and certainly, rather a lot less than Members of Parliament. Another survey, carried out by IPSOS Mori found that 74 per cent of the 500 lawyers surveyed felt that “senior positions throughout the legal profession are dominated by white, public school educated men”. It is possible that by 2020, the legal profession may well be so sidelined by the self-lawyering general public that such problems may even resolve themselves?  

In other news, the chief instigator of change within the legal profession, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has defended reforms to the tribunal system, citing a 70% reduction in claims. It was also revealed this week that Police officers fail to record a quarter of sexual offences – including rapes – and one-third of violent attacks. A critic of police behaviour, Andrew Mitchell has been defended this week by his friend Sir Bob Geldof, a self confessed 'pleb'. Mitchell is suing News Group Newspapers for libel. 

The controversial US so called 'pick-up' artist Julien Blanc has been barred from entering UK. He holds seminars claiming to teach men how to attract women but his methods have been widely criticised as sexually abusive. This is, no doubt, some consolation for the Blackpool hotel which, earlier this week had charged guests £100 for leaving poor reviews on Trip-Advisor. After the news broke, good sense prevailed and the establishment in concern rescinded the charges. 

The purpose of this column is to take a dedicated look at what happened in the business of law, legislative changes, the lives of lawyers and law firms within UK as reported by freely available online legal publications throughout the previous week. 

The most interesting articles on developments, compliance, business of law within UK or as well as international developments of interest to UK law firms and legal practitioners: 

Interviews, features on lawyers and obituaries: 

Interesting articles involving the study of law and legal cases, legal training, pupillage, associates, legal academia, publications on law and law students: 

Recommended Articles of this 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.

Lawyers, Law Firms, Chambers & ABS in the news this week: 
Friday 21st November
Thursday 20th November
Wednesday 19th November
Tuesday 18th November
  • Morgan Lewis & Bingham merger to go ahead | The Global Legal Post
  • Clayton Utz loses three partners | The Global Legal Post 
  • Napoli Bern accused of Ground Zero $36m overcharge | The Global Legal Post 
  • Bad news keeps on coming for Quindell as financial adviser quits | Legal Futures
  • Leeds Law Firm, Ison Harrison Solicitors has extended its Commercial Property operation by appointing Sean Gallagher 
  • Motherwell firm of solicitors has become the biggest earner of criminal legal aid in the west of Scotland 
  • Chester legal firm Knights recognised in Chambers UK guide
  • Baker & McKenzie in Latin America: Why Europe is dominating M&A referrals | The Lawyer 
  • DLA Piper's Turkish office demerges from firm but retains relationship | The Lawyer 
  • Baker Botts & Davis Polk among US giants to advise on Halliburton & Baker Hughes merger | The Lawyer 
  • Norton Rose Fulbright sets 30 per cent female partner target for 2020 | The Lawyer 
  • China oil giant CNOOC breaks ties with Baker & McKenzie after investigation finds conflict of interest | The Lawyer 
  • EDF Energy overhauls in-house career progression to mirror private practice | The Lawyer
Monday 17th November


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