Disclosure under scrutiny as reform looms large

Article published in CDR, 31 January 2018

The disclosure of evidence in England and Wales is increasingly seen as problematic, both by clients and lawyers for both claimants and defendants, particularly in commercial claims.  Proposals for reform deserve serious consideration.

A seminar on reforms to the system of disclosure of civil evidence, in early January, may not seem the most propitious event to mark the beginning of a new year. Yet appearances can be deceiving.

Who should take the rap for Carillion collapse?

Article published in The Times, 25 January 2018

The collapse of the construction group Carillion is a tragedy — but it is also emblematic of the state of the nation’s public and private sectors (given that Carillion straddled both). Short-termism, big talk but modest achievements, and pensioners left in the lurch.

‘No choice but to engage’ over disclosure

Article published in the Law Society Gazette, 22 January 2018

The group working on a complete overhaul of the rules on disclosure for the Business and Property Courts is calling for feedback from lawyers and clients.

Dealing with partner departures

Article posted in the Law Society Gazette,  20 November 2017

With the best will in the world, some relationships in professional partnerships do not work out.