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London firms believe Brexit will not impact profitability or employment

London firms believe Brexit will not impact profitability or employment

The vast majority of leading London law firms surveyed by CBRE expect no impact on profitability as a result of Brexit. The real estate business surveyed the CBRE Legal 100 – law firms with the largest real estate footprint in London – and found that they overwhelmingly expect no significant impact on employment levels (98 […]

England: New President of the Family Division appointed

England: New President of the Family Division appointed

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of Sir Andrew McFarlane as President of the Family Division. He will take up the presidency after Sir James Munby retires in July this year. Sir Andrew was called to the bar in 1977 and took silk in 1998. He was appointed a Recorder in 1995, a […]

Lords vote to retain EU Charter of Fundamental Rights after Brexit

Lords vote to retain EU Charter of Fundamental Rights after Brexit

The House of Lords last night voted by a majority of 71 to keep the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights after the UK leaves the European Union. Peers voted by 316 to 245 in favour of retaining the Charter after Brexit. The UK government’s defeat will now be considered in the Commons, where MPs may […]

England and Wales: Probation officers ordered not to recommend suspended sentences

England and Wales: Probation officers ordered not to recommend suspended sentences

Probation officers in England and Wales will no longer recommend suspended sentences out of concern that they are being misued, The Guardian reports. In a leaked letter addressed to judges, magistrates and probation officers, Lord Justice Treacy, chairman of the Sentencing Council, said suspended sentences are being wrongly used “as a more severe form of […]

Lady Hale calls for introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales

Lady Hale calls for introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales

The President of the UK Supreme Court, Lady Hale, has called for the introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales, The Times reports. At a conference for family law specialists in Bristol, Lady Hale addressed critics who claim that no-fault divorce will undermine marriages. “It may seem paradoxical to suggest that no-fault divorce is […]

Employment tribunal system faces crisis as claims surge

Employment tribunal system faces crisis as claims surge

Employment tribunal claims over unfair dismissal, discrimination or pay have almost doubled, bringing the system to crisis point, The Brief reports. A flood of cases after the abolition of fees last year following a ruling from the Supreme Court that they were unlawful has led to a surge in claims, putting immense pressure on the […]

England and Wales: Duty criminal defence solicitors heading for extinction

England and Wales: Duty criminal defence solicitors heading for extinction

Criminal defence solicitors are going the way of the dodo according to a heat map published by the Law Society, the Gazette reports. The map shows that duty solicitors in several parts of England and Wales are over 50 and that few young people are choosing the specialism. The map shows that at least six […]

Scotland: Call to involve Irish community in defining sectarianism

Scotland: Call to involve Irish community in defining sectarianism

Scotland’s Community Safety and Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing has been challenged to invite representatives of the Irish community to help draw up a legal definition of sectarianism. Ms Ewing has appointed Professor Duncan Morrow to lead an independent working group which will look at defining the term “sectarianism”. The make-up of the working group […]

Constitutional expert warns Brexit legislation could still be in ‘significant arrears’ come vote on final deal

Constitutional expert warns Brexit legislation could still be in ‘significant arrears’ come vote on final deal

There is a “real risk” that the UK government will struggle to pass essential legislation on leaving the EU before a vote on the final Brexit deal – with almost half of the bills needed yet to be introduced to Parliament. Following a warning from Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman, that MPs would be asked to […]

Backlash after man becomes first person convicted under laws he wanted enforced

Backlash after man becomes first person convicted under laws he wanted enforced

A man has become the first person prosecuted in the UK for registering false company information after a stunt he organised to demonstrate the weakness of enforcement. Businessman Kevin Brewer registered two companies, in 2013 and 2016, with government ministers listed as directors and shareholders – in a bid to show how easily false information […]