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Perfect your negotiation, persuasion and influencing skills

By Shalini Sequeira, co-author of ‘Key skills for professional’

Some people are born with a natural talent for negotiation and for influencing others. We all know some of them. They persuade effortlessly, they melt opposition, and they get the result they want. What about the rest of us? For those not born with this natural talent for negotiation and influencing, the question is: what can we do to enhance the skills we do have? In other words, what can we learn to do better?

What is a Sukuk?

By Scott Morrison Door Tenant, Temple Court Chambers (London)

The word sukuk has become popularised – or at least better known than it was before at the English Bar and in broader legal and financial circles – by the government’s announced intention (in October of last year) to issue a first sovereign sukuk denominated in pounds sterling in an amount of about £200 million this year or next.

Email Confidentiality. A Technical or Cultural issue?

By Simon Freeman , Email Security Specialist, Fresh Skies

Hailsham Chambers and 2 Hare Court are leading the way with their use of next generation email encryption products and many more are following suit

New Business Models for the Bar – the demise of some sets and the flourishing of others

By Catherine Bailey Managing Director Bar Marketing Limited

Following the demise of Tooks Chambers there seems to have been a flurry of interest by sets looking to change the way they do business. I wonder if they believe that the new structures are a utopian answer to their problems or if they really appreciate that it will be a combination of structural change, attitude change and a commitment to concerted marketing efforts (by proper professionals) that will deliver the results they are looking for.

James R. Silkenat shares the American Bar Association’s ideas for 2014

Magna Carta, a source of influence for law and justice around the world for nearly eight centuries, is the ancestor of both the British and American legal systems. In 1957, the American Bar Association recognized the “Great Charter’s” importance by erecting a memorial at its founding site in Runnymede. We look forward to the upcoming 800th anniversary celebrations in both our countries.

Honesty is the Best Policy: The Public Image of the Independent Bar

By Emily Lanham,law graduate currently working as a paralegal in a London Chambers and independently with Burton Copeland solicitors

There’s a lot of talk about the death of the Independent Bar; a need for change and drastic restructure that may simply be too late. The debate, however, rages on. Many believe that the financial difficulties facing the publicly funded Bar are real, but that they are not affecting the privately funded Bar. As a result, the self-employed Barrister lives on, and the Bar once again fails to change.

The verdict on reasonable doubt

By Samantha Lundrigan, PhD Anglia Ruskin University

Much has been said about the ability of jurors to understand legal direction in criminal trials. In particular, legal direction regarding the criminal standard of proof, beyond reasonable doubt (BRD) has come under close scrutiny with questions raised as to the extent to which jurors’ correctly understand and apply the standard

Open Justice – the principled case for televising courts

By Richard Glover. School of Law, University of Wolverhampton, co-author, Murphy on Evidence

The purpose of this article is to briefly examine the case for televising court proceedings based on the principle of open justice. The Crime and Courts Act 2013 provides that existing legislation, which prohibits photography, drawing in court and sound recordings, can be disapplied in certain circumstances. So far, only Court of Appeal hearings have been affected, but it is anticipated that cameras will spread gradually to other courts, including the Crown Court and, in time, perhaps even the magistrates’ court.

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