• No-deal Brexit guidance: civil and commercial cooperation

  • Changes to your website and e-newsletters

  • Penalised for putting things right

  • Flexible court hours pilot to start in September 2019

  • Court reform jigsaw too chaotic to set recoverable costs now


Four key characteristics to look for when instructing an expert witness


Having completed 40 years’ service as an expert witness in litigation and arbitration proceedings, Arthur Harverd reflects on the essential qualities that solicitors should seek when appointing expert witnesses.

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Freelance solicitors


The SRA introduces a new ‘freelance solicitor’ model this November, which will allow solicitors to provide legal services on a freelance basis. But how will the model work in practice, and could it be for you? Marzena Lipman takes a closer look.

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On the record: making the most of time recording

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Billable hours remain key to profitability for many law firms but also bring a heavy administrative burden. Andrew Moir and Amanda Chaboryk outline some of the opportunities they’ve found when analysing the time-recording data at Herbert Smith Freehills.

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Funding switch cases – the retrospective sting in the tail


Tom Jenkinson from Bolt Burdon Kemp recaps the recent funding switch decision in XDE v North Middlesex University Hospital Trust [2019] EWHC 1482 (QB), as well as the pressures on legal aid funding and what firms can do to help justify a funding switch.

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Legal professional privilege revisited – but not for the last time


In the landmark case of Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), the Court of Appeal has overturned a controversial High Court decision restricting the application of litigation privilege.

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Civil Litigation Section renewals

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Podcast: Changes to the Financial Ombudsman Service


Thomas Bell and James Hall discuss the new rules enacted by the Financial Conduct Authority, which substantially expanded the Financial Ombudsman Service’s jurisdiction.

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