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Transforming criminal justice: a response to the Lord Chief Justice’s proposals

Legal Profession

By Tim Thomas, 1 Pump Court In his speech to Justice on 3rd March 2014 Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd CJ addressed what he sees as the challenge of ensuring the quality of justice is not diminished by the cuts to Legal Aid when those cuts are likely, he suggested, to remain permanent.  Putting aside any challenge to his conclusion about the permanence of the cuts, in his speech he did address areas of reform which need careful consideration by …

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The ICLR roundup: some recent legal stories

The ICLR roundup: some recent legal stories

A Silken slur about fatcat barristers, a ban on sending books to prisoners and the controversy over the role of religion in law: check out the latest legal issues to surface in the blogosphere.

Books for prisoners

Twitter was pretty lively over the weekend about a ban imposed by the Secretary of State for Justice on prisoners receiving books sent to them by anyone outside. The ban has been in place since last November, as part of a wider …

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The Budget, Pensions and Ethical Investments for ICLR

In his latest Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has handed out something of a goodie bag for pensioners and those saving for their retirement. Given its likely effect on voting intentions, you could even call it a party bag. As a corrective it is certainly welcome, after the beating pensions and savings have taken during the present financial crisis, both directly from the collapse of the investment market and indirectly from the remedies imposed by central banks and …

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Silk – where strife imitates art

How does a prime time TV series about the law satisfy both the public curiosity about the legal profession and its practices, and the respect of practitioners themselves who would like to see a mirror held up to their nature?

And just how true-to-life can the characters get when one of them steps out of the fictional box and appears in a public demonstration of lawyers, protesting against the legal aid cuts imposed by the Secretary of …

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McKenzie Frenzy: regulating the irregulars

Legal Profession

The Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) recently proposed an investigation into the so-called “professional” McKenzie Friend market amid concerns that consumers (litigants in person) are being exploited and abused. Perhaps surprisingly, given how obsessively the legal professions are currently regulated, these self-appointed in-court helpers are not subject to any code of practice, let alone formal regulation. Nor are their activities covered by the legal ombudsman or any other complaint procedure.

Indeed, the whole idea of a “professional Mckenzie Friend” seems …

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As promised – the new look ICLR Online: law reports on the move

ICLR News

  The substantial enhancements delivered by the new design will render our online version more comprehensive, precise and convenient than ever. A clean, clear view of updated and readily available content One single search form that combines the Case Search and Citator+ Expanded search tools provide more comprehensive searching Consolidated results make navigation to reports, Citator+, Bailii and other links quick and logical Case Notes and Commentary: now we capture all the unreported cases in our …

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