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Do neophyte lawyers look for intellectual interest?

There’s an interesting story on Legal Week suggesting law students put intellectual stimulation over money in career choice.  I am a bit sceptical. I ask my students (if they want to be practising lawyers) something like this informally every year, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Litigants in person in private family law cases: Summary by the research team

Context (p1-2 of the Report, Litigants in person in private family law cases (Ministry of Justice, 2014): [1]) The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 removed most private family cases from the scope of legal aid … Continue reading

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Litigants in person, never mind the quality – it’s length that counts

At the same time as the MoJ has published Liz Trinder led research on litigants in person in private family law cases (disclosure, I was a member of the team) the MoJ have published the curiously described, Experimental Statistics: analysis … Continue reading

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Tiger, Plant, Freshfields and the Short Sellers

Charles Plant, outgoing Chair of the SRA who has led the SRA through one of the more interesting phases in its relatively young life, had some interesting thoughts in a recent valedictory speech (at legal futures).  In particular, flat-earther comments aside, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Future Bar Training? A Soft and Uncertain Launch

The Bar Standards Board has today “launched” what it calls an “ambitious new programme to reshape legal education and training” and has asked the Bar for its help.[1] However, it’s not entirely clear what has been launched, nor is any … Continue reading

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Excalibur sends chill wind… (again)

The latest instalment in the Excalibur case is interesting for many reasons. One is Lord Justice Clarke’s claim that making litigation funders pay costs on an indemnity basis when costs are awarded against the party they are funding on an … Continue reading

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CEPEJ Data: Common Law Countries, Average but not with Legal Aid?

I have had a chance to have a bit of a closer look at the CEPEJ report.  It compares public spending on various parts of the justice system in a great deal of detail.  Inevitably in seeking to make comparisons, … Continue reading

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