Everyone’s talking about disclosure

Published by Practico – March 2018 Since the Master of the Rolls announced the consultation in relation to the new draft rules for disclosure in civil proceedings in England & Wales in November 2017, they have given rise to significant discussion and debate. Currently the subject of consultation, if approved by the Civil Procedure Rules…

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NDA ban in sex pest cases may do more harm than good

Published in The Times The Brief on 16 March 2018 Outlawing non-disclosure agreements might deter victims from coming forward for fear of the costs and stress of a regulatory investigation, writes Ronnie Fox. The warning notice published by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on Monday threatens disciplinary action against lawyers who recommend non-disclosure agreements in…

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A lost generation: Why firms are failing their older lawyers

Article published in The Lawyer on 5 March 2018 Despite the abolition of a mandatory retirement age, many UK firms’ partnership agreements include a clause suggesting the age at which the majority of their senior lawyers should pull up stumps and move on (in contrast, lawyers at US firms are well known for working into…

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System Overload

Published in The Law Society Gazette Solicitors face another shake-up in the way they are regulated. The Solicitors Regulation Authority wants further liberalisation and is promising a simpler regime that will return responsibilities to individual lawyers. The reforms are in part aimed at tackling shortcomings in the rules introduced by the SRA in 2011. At…

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