Turns out not all publicity is good as law firm admits it revealed JK Rowling’s secret crime novel side-line


Media law firms have long received a profile far outranking their small size thanks to their close proximity to celebrity clients and headline-friendly stories. For once, that brand visibility has disastrously back-fired as it emerged this week that entertainment boutique Russells Solicitors was responsible for revealing the fact that its client JK Rowling had penned the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under a pseudonym.

Commercial and corporate partner Chris Gossage disclosed the crime novelist’s true identity to his wife’s best friend Judith Callegari. It is understood that Callegari then disclosed the information to a Sunday Times journalist through Twitter earlier this month. Continue reading “Turns out not all publicity is good as law firm admits it revealed JK Rowling’s secret crime novel side-line”

Moving the Goalposts – Risk Management Survey Part 4


Discussion over scrapping the single professional indemnity insurance renewal date and consigning the assigned risks pool to history has reignited. LB reassesses the state of play

In our report last year, it seemed that the debate over whether to move away from a single renewal date for law firms’ professional indemnity insurance (PII) had been settled. Insurers, brokers and risk advisers, such as Marsh, felt that it hadn’t been thought through properly. Risk managers at the top-150 law firms surveyed couldn’t see the benefits of staggering renewal dates. Even the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) itself, after taking advice from various corners of the industry, declared the likelihood of scrapping the single renewal date for solicitors’ PII as ‘improbable’.

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Cracking up


As legal aid comes under the strain of budget cuts, pro bono work by commercial law firms is helping paper over some of the cracks, playing a critical role in helping to close the justice gap

It’s a scene far removed from Canary Wharf. In the offices of a small legal aid firm in Acton, two young children are playing at a desk with some dog-eared magazines while their dad talks to a lawyer. Their mother died last year and their Ghanaian father is living illegally in the UK. They’re homeless and living out of a suitcase in a B&B. Continue reading “Cracking up”