How to stop your social media strategy going up in smoke

Posted by - 21st October 2016

With bonfire night around the corner, it seems a good time to look at how social media has caused fireworks in the legal profession over the last few years and how some firms have had their fingers burnt. (Image from Flickr under creative comms by Shawn Campbell)   I’ve worked with many and varied organisations, advising

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Would you really take human rights advice from G4S?

Posted by - 7th October 2016

The past few years have seen the landscape of free advice become sparser, with public and other funding cuts forcing many services to shrink or close entirely. We alone have lost 11 Law Centres in the wake of civil legal aid cuts. Against this background, it is all the more important that remaining services work

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Abused in the name of the state?

Posted by - 5th October 2016

As the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry considers its findings, Christopher Stanley describes the political backdrop to the shocking allegations. As the credibility of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) continues to be questioned by survivors, suspects and the media, in the North of Ireland an inquiry into similar allegations has finished taking

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How the 96 were finally given justice

Posted by - 22nd September 2016

The Hillsborough inquest took two years and a million pages of evidence. Two of the lawyers involved explain that, despite the scale of the task, they were determined to put the deceased and their families at the heart of the case. This article is co-written by Marcia Willis Stewart and Patrick Roche. Marcia Willis Stewart is a

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My Justice First Fellowship: Ronagh Craddock

Posted by - 21st September 2016

Ronagh Craddock, 26, is a Justice First Fellow and trainee at North East firm Ben Hoare Bell. In June 2016, Ronagh was named trainee of the year at the Northern Law Awards and she is the national representative for the North East Junior Lawyers Division. This is the third in our series. You can read

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We need to embrace mediation

Posted by - 20th September 2016

Award-winning mediator Tracy Winstanley explains why ‘We’ve always done it this way’ is a dangerous way for firms to think. Being passionate about what you do and what you want to do is essential to make a success of any business. However, knowing your market and what your client’s want is also key. Legal professionals,

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Bringing migrant children out of the shadows

Posted by - 11th August 2016

Recent cuts in legal aid have left an estimated 2,500 children each year bringing immigration cases without access to legal representation. Many of these uniquely vulnerable children could qualify for British citizenship, if they were informed about their rights, and had help finding their way through the immigration system. A recent report by the Children’s

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