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
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?
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
I wrote a quick post for Roger's Smith's blog on access to justice and technology. Roger is trying to stimulate a debate on how to monitor the success, or otherwise, of online justice programmes. His blog is great - for anyone interested in access to justice and legal innovation - it has an eye on … Continue reading ODR justice audit – a link to Roger Smith’s blog
Here is the text of my talk from Legal Cheek conference today... I’ve got ten minutes and five points, so I am going to be quick and not very nuanced. Point 1. A lesson from history I did the Law Society Finals. We spent a year learning very dry bits and pieces of law and … Continue reading SQE – @legalcheek conference talk
Watching the Women and Equalities Select Committee evidence this week on NDAs (see here) a couple of thoughts struck me which may be worth mentioning. Firstly, the evidence of the City partner portrayed an interesting, common attitude among lawyers. The point the Committee was dealing with was that NDA's often/sometimes are casually/deliberately opaque about the rights of … Continue reading Irresponsible by Design – NDAs as an example and how SRA ‘investigates’
I have submitted evidence to the Commons Women and Qualities Committee. I was going to do a quick summary but Legalfutures beat me to the punch and probably did a better job of it too. Lest anyone think I am being critical of the SRA, I am not: they acted quickly and well. I do … Continue reading NDA Evidence to Select Committee