Dreaming up iniquitous defences: why X v Y goes beyond pub talk

@Crimegirl has been posing a very entertaining series of tweets on the daft things clients do. This one is not the most entertaining one* but it caught my eye… [* I think this one is the funniest one, should you be interested.] The tweet was nearly perfectly timed to coincide with the publication of X … Continue reading Dreaming up iniquitous defences: why X v Y goes beyond pub talk

Citizens UK: Professional Regulators should examine this misleading of the High Court?

The Citizens UK case [2018] EWCA CIV 1812 raises interesting issues about government lawyers and their political masters, but more so, for me having read the judgment, about how judges deal with potential misconduct by litigants and, perhaps, their lawyers. The case arises out of Frances' decision to close the Calais camp known as the Jungle. … Continue reading Citizens UK: Professional Regulators should examine this misleading of the High Court?

Select Committee ‘particularly concerned’ about lawyers’ ethics

The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee report on Sexual harassment in the workplace, has been published. To my eye it looks like an excellent piece of work: takes a wide-ranging, purposeful, look at the problems of sexual harassment in the workplace. It calls for wide-ranging reform, including: A [Bribery Act style] duty on … Continue reading Select Committee ‘particularly concerned’ about lawyers’ ethics

Are lawyers helping clients make spurious diplomatic immunity claims?

News that Boris Becker has claimed diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy proceedings - https://www.ft.com/content/551ce878-70b4-11e8-92d3-6c13e5c92914 - prompts an interesting observation from well known lawyer Mark Stephens: This is “absolutely being used as a tactic.... If you commit a crime or are party to serious civil litigation, it’s a good idea to claim you’re a diplomat. You can … Continue reading Are lawyers helping clients make spurious diplomatic immunity claims?

BSB vs SRA on professional education: the merits of regulating providers

The Bar Standard Board's training and education plans may provide an example of what the SRA loses by putting all its regulatory money on the regulation of competence through outcomes (and the markets that will swirl around such provision). In brute terms, the SRA professes only to regulate solicitor outcomes and leaves providers to decide … Continue reading BSB vs SRA on professional education: the merits of regulating providers