Comment: Not ‘looming’, the judiciary is already in crisis

Comment: Not ‘looming’, the judiciary is already in crisis

If there was much to celebrate amid the continued rise of London as an international disputes centre at Legal Business’ second Commercial Litigation Summit on 24 May, the cloud on the horizon was apparent: the mounting conviction that the UK judiciary is near crisis.

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‘A fundamental change’: Bar Council sets out legal impact of Brexit in neutral report

‘A fundamental change’: Bar Council sets out legal impact of Brexit in neutral report

The Bar Council has published an analysis of the impacts of Brexit in an attempt to provide a neutral analysis of the debate. Leaving the European Union would be ‘extremely complex’ with the need to introduce new rules if Britain is to remain in the European Single Market, according to the report.

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Fountain Court boosts finance bench with arrival of Outer Temple silk Lissack

Fountain Court boosts finance bench with arrival of Outer Temple silk Lissack

Fountain Court Chambers has bolstered its bench of finance silks after attracting banking heavyweight Richard Lissack QC (pictured) from Outer Temple Chambers.

Set to join the elite commercial and chancery set on Tuesday (3 May), Lissack is one of London’s most established finance silks. Called to the Bar in 1978 and taking silk in 1994, Lissack’s practice covers a broad range of advocacy across finance, regulatory, white collar crime and professional negligence. Continue reading “Fountain Court boosts finance bench with arrival of Outer Temple silk Lissack”

Revolving doors: A high profile return to chambers as Squire, Eversheds and A&O make key hires

Revolving doors: A high profile return to chambers as Squire, Eversheds and A&O make key hires

The legal market has seen a high-profile return to chambers and a series of both national and international lateral appointments this week at firms such as Squire Patton Boggs, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Eversheds.

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Straight to the source – the pros and occasional cons of direct access

Straight to the source – the pros and occasional cons of direct access

In-house teams instructing the Bar has gone mainstream over the last ten years. LB assesses how far direct access can go.

Twenty years ago the idea of any person instructing the Bar other than a private practice solicitor was frowned upon. Although as qualified solicitors in-house counsel always had the right to instruct barristers, convention dictated private practice lawyers acted as gatekeepers of the Bar for companies seeking advice on litigation. But, as the rules have changed and in-house lawyers have expanded their remits, corporate legal teams have come to appreciate the benefits of direct interaction with barristers.

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