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Criminal courts across England and Wales were expecting severe disruption as barristers and solicitors stage an unprecedented mass walkout in protest at government plans to slash legal aid fees by up to 30%.
Among the leading civil court cases of the forthcoming year, are 14 disputes valued above £100m and two above £1bn.
Criminal law solicitors have redoubled their attacks on the Law Society – ramping up calls for senior resignations – after slapping the organisation’s leadership with a vote of no confidence.
Pressure is mounting on key figures at the Law Society to resign after solicitors said today they had no confidence in the leadership’s position on government proposals to slash legal aid rates.
Two of the UK’s top-70 firms have successfully converted to alternative business structure status.
The toll of firms failing to renew professional indemnity insurance continues to rise, with another 34 people losing their jobs after home counties firm Hilliers HRW LLP called in administrators.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has ordered two former judges to be struck off the roll for 'deliberately' and 'systematically' failing to account for at least £1.5m in legal aid.
An unprecedented wave of specialist criminal law solicitors is set to converge on Chancery Lane for the special general meeting (SGM) to debate a motion of no confidence in the Law Society’s handling of government legal aid reforms is held.
Inaugural meeting of 2014 Bar Council, speech by Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman-Elect of the Bar.
The new practice – to be called Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co – will have more than 1,300 people, including 770 lawyers, across ten offices worldwide.
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