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Et tu, Brute? The Legal Ombudsman attacks solicitors

March 8, 2012 11 comments

There was more solicitor-bashing this week with the release of a Legal Ombudsman (LO) report that states solicitors should treat clients “more commercially.” It suggests that solicitors should give clearer costs information and should stop using “legal” words such as “fees” and “disbursements”. Instead firms should endeavour to tell the client exactly what the case…

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An address to the Durham Union Society

March 1, 2012 2 comments

“Durham University is the only university in the world that can say its community owns, lives and works in a World Heritage Site” – Durham University Vice Chancellor, Professor Chris Higgins. I took this quote from an article about Durham University, which I had the great pleasure to visit yesterday. The World Heritage Site in…

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Should the government legalise gay marriage?

February 27, 2012 10 comments

Given the recent controversy surrounding the legalisation of same-sex marriage and its status as a cornerstone policy of our current government, I am delighted to publish a guest post on the topic. I am most grateful to the author DT, a qualified solicitor, for some interesting insights. The writer has requested anonymity, having been the recipient…

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Updating maintenance law: how can we better define needs?

February 24, 2012 29 comments

There is an excellent article in this month’s Family Law written by Prof Elizabeth Cooke a Law Commissioner and Professor of Law at the University of Reading entitled “Pre-nups and beyond: What is the Law Commission up to now?” She explains the current position of the Law Commission, which following its review of the law…

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Introducing family law arbitration…

February 22, 2012 15 comments

  You may have noticed a recent post I wrote concerning the prospect of arbitration in family law disputes and the potential benefits it may bring. I’m now delighted to announce that a family law arbitration scheme has launched in England under the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators. From today, qualified arbitrators can now decide…

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