You’ve been asked to manage a Chambers?…. Good Luck!”  

 The title is an all too common reaction we get. So for many Barristers another article on Chambers Management will no doubt raise a degree of cynicism; “yet more corporate meddling, restructuring a system that has delivered justice effectively for so long”. If there was an equivalent media focus on strategies to enhance Members personal…Continue Reading

Ministerial Code – Leave to Appeal

  When The Spectator published the 2015 Ministerial Code story, a Rule of Law debate was a probable outcome. An instinctive consequence, perhaps. Discussion however, though we may wish that it would can not remedy all of life’s ills. Much like the law, no doubt. Nonetheless one must engage with these recourse’s. They are surely…Continue Reading

False allegations of sexual abuse- The rise of the fine lie

   “After all, what is a fine lie? Simply that which is its own evidence.” Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying (1891) The present preoccupation with sex crime and victims of crime has given rise to a new type of victim: the falsely accused. These victims rarely receive the attention from policy-makers that they deserve,…Continue Reading

Digital Evidence:  What’s new?

  Four years ago in these pages I wrote an article about the challenges of managing evidence from computer devices of all kinds. Now I get an invitation to do an update – and I have been surprised to realise how much has changed. The earlier article had begun with the demographics of computer ownership…Continue Reading

Chambers Management

 Fifteen hundred words on chambers management is not a lot for something I’ve been doing to an increasing extent over 30 years! But it does allow me to strip away the detail, and concentrate on the essence of (as I see it, but I would!) our success. We are one of the largest chambers in…Continue Reading

Are you listening carefully?

  Discussing surveillance is tricky and emotive. It is not comfortable to think of our private communications being monitored, nor that we lose control over how they are used or interpreted. However, we recognise that intelligence services are often effective in preventing some crimes, and covertly monitoring suspects is part and parcel of their work…Continue Reading

Data Privacy Q&A: EU-US Privacy Shield

At the start of February, the European Commission announced it had finally struck a deal with the US Department of Commerce on Safe Harbor’s replacement. Below, we Ann Bevitt, Mark Deem and Randy Sabett.of Cooley LLP  address some of the key questions organisations are asking about the Privacy Shield. 1. Why do we need a Privacy Shield? Short…Continue Reading

Gove’s legal aid u-turn

Margaret Thatcher’s intransigence was characterised by a line in one of her speeches: “U-turn if you want to, the lady’s not for turning.” By contrast, Michael Gove has turned this phrase on its head, and claimed the reverse message as his own trademark: in the nine months since he was appointed as both Lord Chancellor…Continue Reading

Opportunities Knock: Identifying and recording lost opportunities, opens up new methods of detecting weaknesses in Chamber’s armoury.

  Undeniably, we live in a world where information is king. Each new form of technology we embrace (smartphones, tablets, and apps), increases our already unparalleled access to all manner of data related to our health, finances, utilities, and social lives. We’ve become ‘remote-controllers’ of many aspects of our environment and circumstance, and can affect/avert…Continue Reading

Immigration Bill: One step forward, two steps back?

  Recently, buzzwords such as ‘Calais Crisis’ and ‘Net Migration Figures’ have dominated media coverage of immigration in the UK, and the government has faced considerable pressure to take decisive action on this issue. The situation in Calais – the growing number of people living in makeshift camps around the port – became a media…Continue Reading

Human Trafficking: A young person’s solution” ?

In July 2015, against the backdrop of an escalating migrant crisis and an, as yet unsympathetic, governmental approach, we invited sixth formers from across Greater London to come and discuss modern day Human Trafficking, law and policy. This was the 2nd summer school Big Voice London has run to date, following last year’s successful project…Continue Reading

Court fees, criminal courts charges, court closures.

  There is some irony that in the year that we saw numerous celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, changes to the justice system risk taking us back towards the Middle Ages. Increased court fees, the introduction of a criminal courts charge and the proposed closure of courts risk…Continue Reading

Chambers property structures

  During the last 10 to 15 years an increasing number of Chambers have sought new premises which better suit their needs. In addition to this move to more modern facilities, many have decided that, rather than renting from a third party landlord, Chambers should acquire a property outright. In a recent edition of the…Continue Reading

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