The Supreme Court handed down a landmark judgment on 22 January 2014 (Lord Neuberger giving the judgment of the court in relation to the law in England & Wales and Lord Hodge in relation to Scotland) overturning the High Court and Court of Appeal’s decisions in the case of Marley v Rawlings  UKSC 2.
A unique selling proposition is an often overlooked but extremely important element of every barristers’ chambers business development strategy. For your set to thrive and ensure long term profitability in today’s competitive legal practice landscape, it needs to have a relevant, compelling and intelligently articulated unique selling proposition.
The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP recently told an audience at the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime that “officials are considering proposals for the creation of an offence of a corporate failure to report economic crime, modelled on the section 7 Bribery Act offence”.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” Desmond Tutu
The Bar Council chairman, Nicholas Lavender QC, addressing a cross-section from the legal community at the Old Hall in Lincoln’s Inn 24th November 2014
Many of you have contributed to that debate, and if you haven’t already, you probably will before too long. It goes without saying that it is an important debate. And the voices of the approved regulators need to be heard. Now the Bar Council is the approved regulator for a profession of specialist advocates. And if we, as specialist advocates, failed to make our voices heard, then something would be very wrong indeed.
The year 2014 began with what may well be seen as two significant and historically important events which can now be shared with readers of ‘The Barrister’ – you cannot be exempt from knowing about them even if you missed the CPD points we achieved for both of them!
“Books were the great saviour inside, and I sincerely believe books and education are the great rehabilitators.” This, from a prisoner who over the course of three decades was contained in over 30 different prisons.