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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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. On all these counts…

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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,…

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‘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. The rules, drawn up by a dedicated working group chaired by Lady Justice Gloster, will be subject to a…

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Radical new disclosure regime to ‘spell out’ lawyers’ duties

Article published in the Law Society Gazette, on 18 January 2018 A radical new disclosure regime for the Business and Property Courts will have a ’far-reaching effect on civil litigation’, a leading City lawyer has claimed. Ed Crosse, president of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and a member of the working group behind the proposals…

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