Solicitor-advocates: raising the bar – Law Gazette

Solicitor-advocates: raising the barLaw GazetteSome believe their advance may ultimately end the divide between solicitors and barristers. 'It will become a meaningless distinction,' says William Richmond-Coggan, a solicitor-advocate and partner at Pitmans. 'Even if the formal distinction is …

Lawyer out $44K in dispute over pro bono retainer Featured – Law Times

Lawyer out $44K in dispute over pro bono retainer FeaturedLaw TimesIn considering the issue, Faieta concluded that in cases where there's no written retainer agreement and a dispute about the terms arises between a lawyer and a client, there's a “heavy onus” on the lawyer to prove his or her version. But MacDonald …and more »

Criminal barristers stop taking new crown court cases in legal aid protest – The Guardian

The GuardianCriminal barristers stop taking new crown court cases in legal aid protestThe GuardianCriminal barristers are refusing to take on new cases at crown courts in protest at legal aid cuts. Their action on Monday, following a vote by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), is in support of solicitors who have experienced a 17.5% drop in pay for …and more »

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