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SRA, lacking the confidence not to spin?

The SRA’s latest SQE press release caught my eye. It starts like this: Our proposals to introduce a centralised assessment for would-be solicitors could lead to improved diversity in the profession and increased social mobility, a new report says. An … Continue reading

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Some perspective on the McKenzie Friends Marketplace (Guest Post, Dr. Leanne Smith, Cardiff Uni)

This week Twitter has been alive with sharp criticism of University of Westminster undergraduate Fraser Matcham’s new McKenzie Friends Marketplace (https://mckenziemarketplace.co.uk). The concerns (to use a mild descriptor) highlighted are numerous and well outlined on blog posts by Giles Peaker … Continue reading

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Algorithmic Anxiety: let’s stop fighting the last war and focus on the future

I have been teaching about the ethics of innovation this week. As a result, I have been doing a good deal of reading. It is an area which, burgeoning in Science and Technology Studies for some time, is beginning to develop in … Continue reading

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In-house lawyers, equity-based remuneration, and improved governance

In a fascinating paper, Executive lawyers: gatekeepers or strategic officers? Morse, Wang and Wu seek to measure the influence of individual lawyers in explaining variances in compliance, monitoring, and business development on public corporations in the US. Their claims are … Continue reading

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Gross earnings at the bar

Legalfutures report today on the Bar Council getting permission to plug a pensions gap through raised Practising Certificate fees. The story contains interesting data on Barrister’ earnings.  It seems these must be gross earnings (I assume therefore the numbers do … Continue reading

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Innovation and the Big Mo

Political campaigns, and the journalists that surround them, love to talk of the big Mo. Momentum. Legal aid’s very own Jeremy Corbyn lookalike, Roger Smith,* has prayed in aid the idea that innovation momentum is on the up (follow his blog … Continue reading

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Rolls Royce Service – risk, compliance, and ethics: where were the lawyers?

Readers of this blog will be familiar with my posts on the tensions inherent in a lawyers’ duties to their clients and their duties to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice. Readers interested in the … Continue reading

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