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Where two wrong wills can be right: Marley v Rawlings

By James Lister & Rebecca Piper Associates in the Contentious Trusts and Estates Team at Charles Russell LLP

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 [2014] UKSC 2.

5 Tips for developing Your Chamber’s unique selling proposition (USP)

Rahul Katrak Digital Strategy Consultant at Futura

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.

Failing to prevent economic crime – a new offence?

By Kim Green, Solicitor at Corker Binning

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”.

Unconscious Bias at Play behind Closed Doors

By Snéha Khilay, Professional Development Consultant Blue Tulip Training

“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

Nicholas Lavender QC, Bar Council Chairman

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.

Maintaining Judicial Orthodoxy- Two historic judicial events held in Hilary Term 2014

ByPhillip Taylor MBE, Richmond Green Chambers

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!

The Ballad of Reading (in) Gaol: Injecting Legal Analysis into the “Book Ban” Debate

By Maleha Khan Creative Copywriter, Justis Publishing Limited.

“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.

Budget constraints in the legal system reduces the quality of evidence that appears before the courts

By Matthew Jackson, Director, Senior Forensic Consultant and Expert Witness at Athena Forensics.

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