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Rehab, not revenge…

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mark Johnson discusses two key sentencing themes here. A nice starter on sentencing!

Quality Solicitors - Coming to a WHSmiths near you…

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Who are the masters now?

Saturday, April 09, 2011

The Guardian’s excellent Law pages continue to deliver the goods with this article about Lord Neuberger’s speech which contains an excellent summary of the views of the Master of the Rolls on the vexed issue of Parliamentary Sovereignty. Fantastic extension material!

Supreme Court video clips

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The beeb have some fantastic clips on the Supreme Court here, as part of the programme “The Highest Court in the Land: Justice Makers”, which is currently available in full on iPlayer here. including the Justices explaining what happens when they cannot agree! Great for teaching dissenting judgments and A2 generally.

Less places and more competition

The Gazette has picked up some more interesting findings from the Law Society’s data. It looks like training contracts for would-be solicitors are becoming thinner on the ground, with an 18% decrease from last year’s figure of 5,809 training contracts offered down to 4,784. Although we mentioned the glass ceiling yesterday, it is interesting to note that over 60% of new entrants to the profession are women. I wonder how many will make partner in ten or years’ time or thereabouts?

In any event, competition will remain fierce, with 15,000 places on LPC courses available next year. Still, it could be worse - it could be the race for pupillage!

Solicitors: more of them, and more diverse.

Monday, April 04, 2011

...says this article, which includes a neat visual representation of how the backgrounds of solicitors have become more diverse in the last decade. Numbers generally are up 36% on ten years back. As an extension, this piece notes that the glass ceiling is still very much a reality for women, with more females joining the profession but fewer making partner. In fact, 48% of men in private practice make partner compared to 21% of women.

The end of immunity for expert witnesses

....has arrived. In Jones v Kaney [2011] UKSC 13 that brings the status of expert witnesses giving evidence in Court in line with Barristers (after Hall v Simons), the Supreme Court have decided that experts should no longer be afforded immunity from suit for matters arising during proceedings.

A few salient points here for A Level Law students. Firstly, this is an example of a majority verdict - the Supreme Court was split five to two. Secondly, it is an example of a decision being overruled - in this case, the Supreme Court overruling the Court of Appeal case of Stanton v Callaghan [1988].

Thirdly, Lord Phillips in his judgment gave us an example of judges reasoning by analogy, by drawing comparisons with barristers:

“The removal of immunity for advocates had not diminished their readiness to perform their duty, nor had there been a proliferation of vexatious claims or multiplicity of actions.’

Fourthly, the ruling features dissenting judgments by Lady Hale and Lord Hope who thought matters best left to Parliament in view of the uncertain effect of the ruling.

Sound Off for Justice - video and audio resource

Sunday, April 03, 2011

If you’re teaching Legal Funding to your students, this site will be an excellent way of bringing home the likely impact of the Government’s proposed legal aid cuts.The site allows opponents of the cuts to leave Ken Clarke a voicemail and listen to those left by the legal great and good.

Below, Labour MP Kate Green outlines her oppostion to the cuts on video.

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