Like many who work in the legal business
Like many who work in the legal business, I very much welcomed last week’s return of the BBC TV series Silk. Unfortunately for me I wasn’t able to watch it “live” last Tuesday, as I was travelling, but I was able to observe the commentary on Twitter. …
Back to the Future
I read with great interest the recent report entitled The New World of Legal Work, by Jordan Furlong, commissioned by legal resourcing business Lawyers on Demand. Jordan is a highly respected international legal market commentator and his material always makes engaging and thought-provoking…
Cab Rank
The recent LSB-commissioned report on the Bar’s “Cab Rank Rule” seems to have sparked plenty of debate, including a seemingly hysterical reaction from the Chair of the Criminal Bar Association and, mercifully, some measured and informed responses from respected commentators Lucy Reed of St John’s…
Riverview Law
Yet another new entrant to the legal services market emerges. Again, a new and unique approach is announced, this time to bold claims of a “market disrupting” service delivery model. Riverview Law is an ambitious new market entrant comprising a mix of solicitors…

Alternative Business Structures and the Bar: Big Bang or Damp Squib ?

The build-up to the implementation of the Legal Services Act is gathering pace.  It is a topic that has been discussed, debated and opined upon for years.  Now, less than 6 months away, we are starting to see law firms declaring their intentions to adopt alternative business structures (ABS)…

Riverview Law: Reinventing the wheel ?

Yet another new entrant to the legal services market emerges.  Again, a new and unique approach is announced, this time to bold claims of a “market disrupting” service delivery model.  Riverview Law is an ambitious new market entrant comprising a mix of solicitors…

To conduct litigation or not to conduct litigation ….

…that is the question.  A rather important question for barristers’ chambers (and not just a smooth and catchy title). A Bar Standards Board consultation has recently been opened on the new Bar Handbook (which is to replace the current Code of Conduct) and entity regulation.  As…

Are you shore …?

Yet more news emerges of large commercial law firms setting up “near-shoring” or flexible resourcing operations. The idea, presumably, is to be able to carry out lower value work at a lower cost, freeing up the more costly resources to do higher value…

The Legal Services Act – what now for Chambers ?

You’d have had to be on some pretty faraway planet not to have heard of the Legal Services Act 2007 (“LSA”) and its anticipated impact on the legal marketplace.  “Tesco Law”, “deregulation”, “Big Bang” are just some of the (rather misleading) descriptions you…

The Bar – Time for a Culture Shock ?

This is a copy of my recent article for the Pupillage Blog, which I can highly recommend as an insightful, engaging and comprehensive online resource for aspiring barristers. I have for some time been considering writing about my thoughts on practice at the Bar, from my perspective as…

What they don’t teach you at Bar School

Let’s be clear here.  I genuinely do not know what they do teach at Bar school.  Some law stuff and a bit of advocacy I guess.  I’ve never really known much more than this and I’m not sure if it’s relevant to my…

Bar overplays independence card

This is a copy of my recent article for Legal Cheek, a legal news and comment website full of lively, provocative and informative material.  And this too … On Monday the listed Australian law firm Slater & Gordon kicked off the Legal Services Act…

Psilkology

Like many who work in the legal business, I very much welcomed last week’s return of the BBC TV series Silk. Unfortunately for me I wasn’t able to watch it “live” last Tuesday, as I was travelling, but I was able to observe the commentary on Twitter. …

Taxi for the billable hour …

Much has been written recently (and not so recently) about the shortcomings of the law firm partnership model and in particular the hourly billing approach. I don’t intend to repeat too much of it here and indeed it would be a struggle to…