Articles tagged with: Legal Profession/courts
By Dan Bunting
British (or English and Welsh) justice is, we are told, the best in the world. It is not hyperbole to say that this is currently under threat and there is a real risk that this will no longer ring true in a few years’ time.
If there’s one figure that sums up the issues criminal lawyers face it is this – the average profit margin for a solicitors firm is 6.3%. On 20 March this year the income to a solicitors firm will be cut by 8.75%. How can that …
By Merry Neal
“White-collar crime is a crime like any other and should be prosecuted and punished as such”
“Corrupt companies cannot buy their way out of trouble”
Statements like these have been the impetus behind “credible deterrence”, and the growth of high-profile investigations into the alleged criminal actions of corporate bodies.
Despite UK financial crime prosecutors working hard towards securing convictions for these types of offences and creating a “tough on white-collar crime” climate, there have been virtually no prosecutions. This is largely due to the requirement of the involvement of a “directing …
By Oliver Hanmer, Head of Supervision at the Bar Standards Board
“It is a critical test of the freedom inherent in our democratic society that those accused (usually by the State) of committing criminal offences can and should be represented by capable criminal advocates…”
So opens the judgment, which was handed down last month by Lord Justice Leveson, in the judicial review of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA). QASA, it ruled, “is lawful, does not contravene European law and falls well within the legitimate exercise of the powers of the …
By Felicity Gerry
“From a victim’s point of view, our justice system is hardly fit for purpose.. “What is needed is a fundamental rethink, leading to a specific and legally enforceable Victims’ Law, alongside a real and radical shift in attitude and approach.”
So wrote former DPP Sir Kier Starmer QC in an article for the Guardian yesterday in which he proposed a “Victims’ Law”.
He set out how hard it is for victims of crime, particularly sexual and violent crime, to report their suffering and to go through the court process.
However, he …
By David Corker
The possibility that a firm of litigation solicitors, despite acting properly for a client in advancing their interests, could nonetheless end up being held liable to pay a huge costs order, is unsurprisingly something that would sound alarm bells across the profession.
This is a possibility that was raised in DLA Piper UK LLP v BDO LLP (the major firm of City solicitors versus a major firm of accountants).
The judgment of the Administrative Court will be of considerable interest to solicitors specialising in litigation – especially fraud cases.
The case …