Five years after the riots – and not a single lesson learned

Posted by - 28th June 2016

The CPS response to the 2011 riots was its finest hour, but successive cuts mean today’s service would be unable to cope with a similar level of disorder, says a former senior Crown prosecutor who has asked to remain anonymous. When I was asked to write an article to mark the fifth anniversary of the

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JusticeWatch: So what happens now?

Posted by - 24th June 2016

What next? Human rights lawyers – and everyone else – are trying to make sense of this morning’s bombshell. ‘As a human rights lawyer, I have been asked to write a short blog on the impact to human rights in the UK following Brexit,’ began Matt Evans for the Justice Gap. ‘The current high regard for

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JusticeWatch: Baker Smalls and anti-social media

Posted by - 17th June 2016

Anti-social media Law firms looking for a cautionary tale to illustrate the business risks of engaging in social media (especially if you can’t trust yourself not to do something gratuitously offensive), should familiarise themselves with the sorry tale of Baker Smalls. Local authority clients have been bailing on the firm at some speed over the last

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‘The decision to resume the Birmingham pub bombing inquests is an important day for justice’

Posted by - 17th June 2016

The legal battle to reopen the Birmingham pub bombing inquests highlights the challenges lawyers on both sides of the Irish Sea face when holding state bodies to account, says Belfast litigation consultant Christopher Stanley. Picture of  Maxine Hambleton who was just 18 years of age when she died in 1974. The recent decision by Louise Hunt, senior coroner for

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Gary Bell needs to retract his ill-informed views about ‘venal’ solicitors if he wants our confidence

Posted by - 7th June 2016

Jonathan Black of criminal defence solicitors BSB Solicitors asks how defence solicitors can have confidence in Michael Gove’s new advisory council, when it is being chaired by his QC ‘mate’, who thinks firms employing higher rights advocates are ‘venal’? In January 2016, Justice Secretary Michael Gove announced that he would be abandoning his ministry’s pursuit of

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How I learned to love social media

Posted by - 27th May 2016

I’m a fan of social media. It wasn’t always that way and if you catch me on a bad day, my opinion might be different. What I can say is that over the past decade it has helped me develop my practice, build my client base and extend my profile in a market that is

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