There is a four-fold greater chance of litigation for any medical or dental practitioner in the UK compared with a practitioner in New York. We are no longer mimicking the US culture of litigation - we are now leading the world.
‘Marketing,’ ‘Psychology’ and ‘the Bar’ are three terms not usually uttered in the same sentence. However, as the world moves in a more self aware and promotional direction, it’s becoming clear that barristers can benefit from employing such a trio, if it is done properly.
In 2017, the gay community of England and Wales will be able to celebrate 50 years of freedom from being criminalised for who they are. The prohibition on consensual sexual relations between men in private was repealed through the Sexual Offences Act 1967. That timing, however, is an accident of history that comes a few years too late for many others around the world.
If freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose, then criminal lawyers who have read “Transforming Legal Aid”, will be feeling really free. We had no illusions as to the pressures on the Ministry of Justice to save money, and yet the proposals still came as a shock. The biggest shock was the scale of the cuts the Ministry intends to extract, while still expecting the lawyers to do even more work than at present. But it has also been difficult to absorb a pro-business Government making a proposal so at odds with what businesses realistically need; a Government of free markets planning centrally to the nth degree the structure of the market they are creating; and a Government committed to choice in public services abolishing clients’ choice
When I coach barristers I am often challenged, sometimes fiercely, about why diversity is important. Why should diversity matter if they want to be a QC? As long as they can draft excellent documents and are skilful advocates why should it matter if they have done little or nothing to promote diversity at the Bar.?
Television Courtroom Broadcasting Arrives at the Court of Appeal: But What of the Effects and What is Revealed
Television Courtroom broadcasting has just arrived at the Court of Appeal. This aptly highlights many of the forms, issues and issues of debate. Courts and policy makers have increasingly had to deal with - and sometimes even embrace -technology, from podcasts to the Internet. Televised courtroom broadcasting especially remains an issue in various jurisdictions. As always the prototypical argument is that television courtroom broadcasting will always result in educational public effects being achieved
Lies, damned lies, and no statistics: What is the significance of a DNA profile without a statistic?
A series of recent Appeal Court judgements has seen the triumph of scientific experience over experiment, and the relegation of DNA evidence from the gold standard of scientific evidence to no more than a subjective opinion. The recent case at the Court of Criminal Appeal for England and Wales of Dlugosz represents the final stage in the descent of DNA evidence, and perhaps scientific evidence generally, to subjective guesses based on the somewhat awkward, limited, and difficult to assess concept of the experience of the scientist (if that professional name can be applied in the circumstances).
Chambers and barristers don’t need to procrastinate to make the decision as to where "they" are at, it’s really quite simple, clients and customers are already making it for you...... it's online. Through the many sources of social media with a range of mobile devices, anytime, anywhere. Perhaps the biggest risk of all is ignoring the facts and not getting involved or being visible in this huge space and the opportunities it offers