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Allowances should be made for female barristers wishing to progress who have taken time out from their careers to have children, according to the chairman of the Bar Council, Alistair MacDonald QC. Only one in eight QCs are women. Just under a quarter of judges are women. ... read more
November 9th, 2015
The number of people being declared insolvent in England and Wales has risen for the first time in a year. Individual insolvencies rose by 2.8 per cent in the third quarter compared with the previous three months, but they were still down by nearly one-fifth from a year ago.  ... read more
November 6th, 2015
The taxi-booking service Uber has received a boost after the high court ruled that its app was legal in London. Had it lost the case, the company would have been forced to change its service to comply with rules that protect black cab drivers, according to The Guardian. ... read more
October 16th, 2015
A former insider at the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has alleged that the contract procurement process due to conclude today is flawed, according to the Law Society Gazette. Criminal defence firms are due to find out if they have won one of a reduced number of contracts to provide 24-hour cover at police... ... read more
October 16th, 2015
Two ex-wives have won a Supreme Court battle to set aside their divorce settlements as a result of non-disclosure by their former husbands. ... read more
October 15th, 2015
The new Consumer Rights Act, which came into force on 1 October 2015, will for the first time give shoppers the clear right to a repair or replacement when web-based products, including downloaded or streamed content such as apps, music, movies and games, fail to work. ... read more
October 2nd, 2015
A senior magistrate who paid £40 of his own money to pay the court fine for a destitute asylum seeker has resigned his position, after being suspended. Nigel Allcoat, a magistrate for 15 years, said he despaired at the mounting fines and costs being accrued by an asylum seeker at Leicester... ... read more
October 1st, 2015
People who have been stripped of benefits could be charged by the government if they appeal against the decision to an independent judge, according to an internal Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) document leaked to The Guardian. ... read more
September 25th, 2015
A Harrods security guard, John Perrett, was awarded £18,000 by an employment tribunal but was not reinstated in his job after claiming that he was unfairly dismissed for gross misconduct. ... read more
September 22nd, 2015

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Nearly six in 10 adults have committed an offence in the past year, a new survey has revealed, as reported in The Times. Top of the league of common crimes are motoring offences, including driving over the speed limit (35 per cent), eating or drinking at the wheel (21 per cent) and using a mobile... posted on August 25th, 2016
Joanna Toch, family law barrister at myBarrister, recently wrote for Female First about the rights of unmarried cohabiting. While the law is uncertain and being reviewed, she strongly recommends writing agreements down. posted on September 4th, 2014