Co-operation on security and law enforcement post-Brexit

Imagine sometime after 29 March 2019; a large bomb is set off in a French railway station, killing hundreds of people, and it turns out that the United Kingdom government had information on those planning the attack but did not pass this onto the French because certain aspects of reciprocal information sharing had not been…Continue Reading

The future of litigation analytics

The relentless march of digitisation has many consequences. While businesses across every sector and industry continue to move towards a digital future, they also have to adapt their approach to customers, services and products. They need to adjust to a real-time, information rich, online marketplace that has become the norm. The same is true in…Continue Reading

Managing Cyber-Risks

Cyber security and the risk of cyber-attacks are suddenly at the top of every business’s agenda, and particularly those of lawyers. The recent Worldwide “Petya” and “Wannacry” cyber-attacks are focussing attention on the risks of such attacks and how organisations can protect themselves. The phrase “cyber-attack” is used to cover a multitude of sins and…Continue Reading

GDPR – It is not all about IT

  By now, if you have not heard of or seen 1000 references to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), then I can only assume that you either have been hiding under a stone, or have elected to live with your head firmly inserted in sand. There is nothing to fear however. With the right…Continue Reading

Can you trust what you show in Court?

  If you present an object, an image, or a story to a courtroom, you must be able to trust that it is accurate. How then, do you trust an image – a digital photograph, a snapshot in time of an object, a person or a scene? Do you trust what the photographer says? Or…Continue Reading

The continuing global rise of litigation funding

Barely a week goes by without a major announcement from one of the big players in the world of litigation funding. This is a symptom of the industry’s rude health. However, funding isn’t just thriving in the established markets of the UK, US and Australia. This global growth can be attributed to ambitious funders seeking…Continue Reading

The future of UK Family Law post-Brexit – What happens next?

There is considerable uncertainty surrounding a number of legal issues in the UK at the moment following the country’s vote to leave the EU, with both sides of the negotiating table keeping their cards very close to their chest. Whilst the majority of people are focused on the economic aspects of the deal, one point…Continue Reading

Scotland prepares for compensation culture

The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill is currently before the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee. The Bill proposes significant changes to the way that personal injury and other litigation is funded and managed in Scotland, with the aim of increasing access to justice, providing equality of arms between claimant and defender in litigation…Continue Reading

The modern era of Judge-led Reform

Most barristers with a passing interest in court reform will have been aware in recent years of a clutch of reform initiatives led by senior judges, which concern the administration of justice. In the last five years for example we have had the benefit of Mr Justice Ryder’s[1] ‘Judicial Proposals for the Modernisation of Family Justice’ (2012);…Continue Reading

How document collaboration could enhance your Chambers

In an evolving and competitive market, forward thinking sets of Chambers are continually looking for ways to become more efficient and effective with a focus on retaining their clients and winning new business. As we all know the legal industry has a large reliance on documentation, traditionally in paper form. There is a shift in…Continue Reading

The winds of change

Chambers has seen many changes over the last number of years yet the last three years the pace of change seems to have increased. The regulatory framework has resulted in barristers and chambers staff battling with the concept of chambers structures even more so than previously. With many chambers having service companies already, ABSs are…Continue Reading

Shaping the Bar’s response to Brexit

It is apparent to the legal professions perhaps more than most, that the process of exiting the EU is not only highly political but fraught with legal complications which are yet to be fully unravelled. Barristers as specialist experts in their fields are well-placed to identify the key issues arising across their vast array of…Continue Reading

New consultations from the Bar Standards Board

 In my last article for ‘the barrister’, I began by talking about the review of the Future of Bar Training.  Our review, and our discussions with the Bar Council and the Inns of Court, continue and in the autumn we shall be consulting you further to seek your views on a range of issues including…Continue Reading

Combating acid attacks in London

“…People who carry out horrific acid attack could be jailed for life as part of plans for a massive Government crackdown…”. (Home Secretary Amber Rudd, 16th July 2017, London, United Kingdom) Among various other crimes, acid attack is considered as one of the most horrific crimes. This crime has a devastating effect on victims, both physically…Continue Reading

The Lessons from Grenfell Tower

The inferno at Grenfell Tower and the tragic loss of life is having unexpected consequences by indirectly spotlighting the yawning income divide between the victims of austerity and the rich elite. Research has shown there is a direct and irrefutable relationship between mental health issues, crime-rates and life-chances in societies with the world’s highest income…Continue Reading

The human cost of cutting legal aid

  The cuts to civil legal aid have created a two-tier justice system: open to those who can afford it, but, increasingly closed to the poorest, most vulnerable and those most in need of its protection. That is the stark conclusion of ‘Cuts That Hurt’, Amnesty International’s 2016 research report into the human rights impact…Continue Reading

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