Chambers constitutional arrangements

By David Webster, Partner in the Corporate & Commercial Team at Russell-Cooke LLP.

Despite recent regulatory changes and innovations, most Chambers still operate as a group of self-employed, independent, barristers joined together as an unincorporated association. The constitutional arrangements of these unincorporated associations vary in type and complexity, but will invariably deal with common themes, including crucially: (more…)

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Acquiring Chambers Premises

By Scott Leonard, partner in the Corporate and Commercial team at Russell-Cooke LLP

Sets are also increasingly recognising that their premises can play an important role in their branding and many see modern, high specification meeting rooms and other client facilities as essential in this context. (more…)

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Rationing Forensic Science

By Jo Millington BSc (Hons) MSc PGCert MIABPA, Senior Forensic Scientist, Manlove Forensics Ltd

Impartiality, independence and integrity are the foundations of forensic science. As a forensic scientist, they are qualities that evolve during our formative training in science and we arguably donate them to our profession for free.  It is our personal responsibility to nurture and sustain them and we entrust them to a system which we hope will protect and develop them. (more…)

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Achieving gender equality in the workplace

The achievement of gender equality at the highest levels of British business and government has been a much debated issue for some time. However, the publication of Lord Davies’ first Women on Boards Report 2011 and the subsequent 2015 target of 25% board representation has resulted in a more intense degree of scrutiny and media interest – as well as much debate. (more…)

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CILEx from a barrister’s perspective

By Jennifer Robinson, Barrister, Cathedral Chambers, Cardiff

CILEx is the national professional association for Chartered Legal Executives, paralegals and other legal practitioners. Chartered Legal Executives are qualified lawyers who are able to conduct litigation and undertake their own advocacy. They are the third largest branch of the legal profession and they are making their presence known. (more…)

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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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