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John Moriarty elected as new President

At the BLS AGM, held on 26th November, John Moriarty was elected as President following in the footsteps of Andrew Gregg as one of the handful of Presidents to hold office for a second time. At the AGM, outgoing President Michael Gupwell spoke to the assembled audience about his time in office, giving especial thanks to Helen Read and Clair … more


Civil Courts Structure Review (CCSR): Interim Report published

The interim report of Lord Justice Briggs’ Civil Courts Structure Review was published on 12 January. He has invited comments in writing on the interim report by the end of February 2016; ahead of further consultation on, and consideration of, issues ahead of preparing the final Review report by the end of July 2016. Comments may be sent to: ccsr@ejudiciary.net For … more


How can legal practitioners protect themselves from increasingly common conveyancing professional negligence claims?

Jonathan Simon, Executive Director, Willis looks at risks of professional negligence in conveyancing. Conveyancing claims, in my experience as a broker, account for roughly a third of all notifications of claims against solicitors, but during a recession the figure can rise to closer to half. As the UK economy has been out of recession for some time, and property teams … more


IRWIN MITCHELL WINS DIVERSITY AWARDS


Irwin Mitchell, which has a Bristol office, is celebrating after its commitment to graduate recruitment and diversity issues helped it win two prizes at a prestigious industry awards event.

The business won the Most Effective Diversity Programme – Gender, and Best Graduate Trainee Recruitment Campaign at The Lawyer’s Workplace And Diversity Awards held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel held on February 7th – further evidence of the outstanding work Irwin Mitchell has undertaken on both issues.

The firm’s Best Graduate Trainee Recruitment Campaign win has put the spotlight on how the restructuring of its Legal Work Placement programme has created a consistent and engaging experience for students.