Lawyers

Cheap Advice Is Always the Most Expensive

Reuben Singh | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

In my experience, the first rule of business is to pay your lawyers, accountants and all your professional advisers well. Always pay well for the best advice because it ends up being cheaper in the long run.

What the Doctor Can Teach Us About Terms and Conditions

Neil Taylor | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Neil Taylor

Like all sane people, I try to draw all my life lessons from Doctor Who. In an episode last year, the Eighth Doctor (that'll be Paul McGann) is told ...

Prepare to be Terminated

Nick Abbot | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Nick Abbot

Are you comfortably middle class? Being comfortably middle class used to mean never having to worry about your job being taken by a machine. The people whose livelihoods have been decimated by computer chips are those that did society's heavy lifting.

Why Replacing Lawyers With Law Students Won't Solve the Family Court Crisis

Richard Adams | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Richard Adams

There are other steps that can be taken to reduce the burden on the court system and help reduce conflict between separating couples, not least by making the divorce process less complex or confrontational by introducing no-fault divorce or making pre-nuptial agreements binding. But removing access to legal advice and providing minimal support will help solve neither.

Lawyers Stage Historic Mass Walkout Over Drastic Legal Aid Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Lawyers, ever careful with their language, are definitely not calling this a strike. But criminal courts across England and Wales face severe disru...

Lawyers May Charge £850 an Hour, but We Should Be Proud of the UK's Legal Services Industry

Nick Rowles-Davies | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Nick Rowles-Davies

The UK has a proud history of exporting goods and know-how. Sadly, incidents of this are few and far between in the modern age. But our legal services and court system is a key and growing export, admired and used across the globe.

The Real Earnings of an Average Barrister

Richard Bentwood | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Bentwood

There has been much in the press recently regarding how much barristers can expect to receive from their criminal work - many figures of which I feel are totally misleading. The best way to illustrate this is with a personal example which shows that in the line of duty many barristers work for very little, or even nothing at all.

We Cannot Afford to Leave Legal Aid Immune From Budget Savings

Shailesh Vara | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Shailesh Vara

I fully understand why some in the legal profession feel bruised or worry about how our reforms might affect them. However the government and the legal profession must work together to create a legal aid system that protects those who need it most whilst also commanding the confidence of taxpayers who fund it. Put simply, we want to ensure the limited money we have available for legal aid is concentrated on those cases where it is needed most. Our proposals would ensure a system sustainable and affordable for future generations, and it will remain one of the most generous in the world.

Social Media: Lawyers Blurring the Lines Between Their Professional and Personal Lives

Melissa Davis | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Tech
Melissa Davis

For many of us who have made our careers in professional industries such as law, the maxim of 'don't mix business with pleasure' is often played on repeat.

Lawyers and Accountants - Adapt or Keep Dying

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

On the face of it the debacle arose from particular circumstances, not least the exquisite embarrassment of a top seven national auditor by revenue failing to audit itself properly whilst embarking on the sort of giddy, risky buying splurge its clients generally avoid.

Russia's Cold War on Human Rights

Allan Hogarth | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

The Russian authorities, it appears, are fighting an internal 'Cold War'. It's a war of attrition and containment that has seen civil society attacked through the introduction of legislation aimed to restrict their activities... This onslaught on human rights shows no signs of abating and it's time the international community took this seriously.

Jessica Elgot

Legal Aid Cuts 'Could See Wrongly Accused Pressured To Plead Guilty'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK

Legal aid is being slashed "at random" by the Ministry of Justice, leaving a system where the wrongly accused can be represented by a "pig in a poke" ...

Things You Thought You Would Never See

Nick Abbot | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Nick Abbot

Things you thought you would never see Number One: The managers of a company actually losing money when the business they are running does badly. Th...

We Can't Let The Hypocrites Get Away With It

Grant Feller | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

There is nothing worse than being accused of something you didn't do. Well, there is. Being convicted of something you didn't do. But if members of the police force, left-leaning commentators and senior lawyers are to be believed, the worst thing right now is to be identified as a potential wrong-doer.

Divorce And Finding Faith Crying Over Spilt Milk

Camilla Khawaja | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Camilla Khawaja

The connotations attached to the title of single parent were an albatross around my neck, how could I fight the world I had always known and make for a new one? Why do the cultural norms outweigh the religious, and which does one tackle first?

Applying the Sharing Economy By Renting Professionals' Time - Who Needs Fast Cars and Music?

Simon Harper | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK
Simon Harper

As more of us start to assess what we really value in our working lives we may find that the sharing economy opens up more options for our own working lives too, as portfolio working and 'renting time' become increasingly mainstream.

More Haste, Less Speed

Deborah Evans | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics
Deborah Evans

Politicians often feel the pressure to do things quickly, to display a sense of urgency. Yet so often, rushed decision making means they get it wrong. Unless they take steps to establish the impact of their proposals, how can they know that they will achieve their objectives?

If You Say a Job Is Worth Doing...

Deborah Evans | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Politics
Deborah Evans

2013 is a year of big change for personal injury, but change is not always progress.

Shared Parenting: Where the Heart But Not Necessarily the Home Is

Somaya Ouzzani | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK
Somaya Ouzzani

Shared parenting means giving both parents (and sometimes more than two parents, for example in three parent families) the opportunity to have an equal role in their child's life. Very importantly, that does not mean shared residence in the 50/50 sense, which tends to afford both parents generous overnight contact with their child.

Why Is Boris Johnson Urging The World's Billionaires To Divorce In London?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK

Boris Johnson today made an extraordinary appeal for billionaires' wives to sue for divorce in London. The Mayor insisted the capital was the perfe...

Death Threat by Text - A Day in the Life of a Colombian Lawyer

Jonathan Rayner | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Politics
Jonathan Rayner

It was a death threat, sent by text to the mobile telephone of a lawyer in Colombia, South America. The message, translated from the Spanish and sanitised for the firewalls, said: "Hi, b*stard dogs. You have already done your bit, now it's our turn. Get all those b*stards together for your and your buddies' funerals. But calm down - we will send you a nice bunch of flowers."

The Mythology of Employment Law

Martin Edwards | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK
Martin Edwards

For a branch of law intended, at the time of its creation less than half a century ago, to be simple, accessible and non-legalistic, employment law has become shrouded by an extraordinary number of myths and misconceptions.

Calamities, Credit Cards, and Compensation: Cut Out the Middle Men

Deborah Evans | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah Evans

Anyone who has ever had their dinner interrupted by a telephone call about how much compensation they could claim for their 'accident' is right to be frustrated, particularly when they know they are not entitled to any.

A Legal View From America

Lisa Rickard | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Politics
Lisa Rickard

The UK government is taking important steps to promote growth and free businesses from the entangling web of red tape. At the same time, changes to the British legal framework, such as the rise of TPLF, risk undermining those positive developments

The End of the Road for the London IPO?

Deborah Poole | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Deborah Poole

Being part of the London financial community gives us access to new business networks and means that we are available to meet with our clients face to face to develop a better understanding and appreciation of their businesses.