A paralegal life

This autumn sees the first steps of a major new research initiative being run by CILEx into ‘the paralegal’, the undefined member of the legal community of whom there are very many and yet about which the market knows very little. CILEx’s ‘Paralegal Enquiry: Can paralegals meet future market needs?’ is the first of its kind in the legal services market.  It will commission research designed to deliver an all-encompassing view of the place of paralegals now and into the future. (more…)

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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.

Almost monthly the news includes a press release from CEOP or the National Crime Agency relating to unlawful images and the individuals attempting to find such material. The Government has also recently publicised a policy in which Service Providers automatically block the ability for the user to access pornographic websites under the proviso that, rightly or wrongly, this will prevent children from accessing such material and will prevent adults, if they were so inclined, from accessing unlawful material. (more…)

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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  (more…)

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Implications of developments in entity regulation

By David Webster, Partner in the corporate team at Russell-Cooke

Introduction

For some time the possibility of barristers practising through incorporated entities has existed, but only if that entity was regulated by an approved regulator such as the SRA, rather than the BSB. Although some barristers have forged ahead by innovating and adopting new methods of service provision, the general impression is that take up of these opportunities has been fairly limited. (more…)

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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.

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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”.

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