The Sunday Law Review: 30th November to 6th December

Welcome to this weekly column dedicated  to looking at what happened in the business of law, legislative changes, activity in law firms and lawyers in the news within UK as reported by online legal publications throughout the previous week. 

The former Attorney General Dominic Grieve MP appears to be a lonely voice in the Conservative party advocating Britain to remain within the ECHR, citing that opting out of the European court of human rights will have devastating consequences for the UK.

Last week there was a very interesting blog by Professor Richard Moorhead, Director of the Centre for Ethics at UCL discussing the effect of litigants-in-person on the length of hearing times. While the timing was not in question in a hearing before Lord Justice Lewison this week, the litigant-in-person in question, the orthopaedic surgeon Amgad Nakhla was praised by the learned judge for “mastery of the papers” and “formidable cross-examination.”

The diversification of the English language since the advent of mobile phones came into focus this week as the prosecuting Barrister Mark Paltenghi  had to translate the text message exchanges of four youths are accused of driving around their neighbourhood in Dagenham, firing at people's houses with an air rifle. So the question remains, do you understand text-speak

The end of the week saw Mr Justice Collins quashing the ban on prison books imposed by the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, who was ordered to amend his policy on what can be sent to prisoners. This ban has been overturned thanks largely to the campaign by the chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Frances Cook. Many authors including the likes of JK Rowling, Ian McEwan and Philip Pullman cheered the high court judgement. 

Requests for inclusion within the 'Lawyers, Law Firms, Chambers & ABS in the news this week' section below by law firms and legal professionals should be emailed to

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: 

  • The in-house interview: Hyperion GC Will Bloomer - A Profile | The Lawyer
  • My legal life: Roger Burlingame, Partner, Kobre & Kim (London) - a profile | Law Gazette 
  • Interview: Simon Cliff - Manchester City Football Club’s first general counsel - a profile | Law Gazette
  • TheLawMap interview featuring Barrister Martin Cole, coach and mentor to lawyers discussing stress for legal professionals |

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 5th December
Thursday 4th December
Wednesday 3rd December
Tuesday 2nd December
Monday 1st December


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
Saturday Law Interview - Weekly interview with a legal mind on Law, Life & Society
Wig - Daily Newspaper Focusing on Law & Society
MetaLawIndex - Informal 'unrelated to Law' Blog chronicling thoughts behind the scene at LawNewsIndex & Twitter