Archive for July, 2006

The Lure of Detective Stories

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006 at 11:26

I am truly hooked on detective stories. I’m a genre junkie! I don’t know if it’s the summer or a reaction to everything else going on around me. For example, my wife has done a stint of jury service recently and the mess that is the real criminal case can’t equal the excitement of a […]






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Class Actions for Consumers

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 at 15:42

The Department of Trade and Industry has published a consultation document on representative actions in consumer protection legislation. The idea is quite simple: many consumers when faced with shoddy goods or services are left with going to court as their solution. They find it costly and daunting. Even the Small Claims Court is bureaucratic and […]






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Carter Review on Legal Aid Procurement

Friday, July 14th, 2006 at 00:09

On Thursday 13 July 2006, Lord Carter released his final report on legal aid procurement. Basically, it says lawyers won’t be compensated on an hourly basis, but rather fee for work. Not much is new there. The real trick is to combine this with what is happening with the Clementi Review on the regulation and […]






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Legal Profession at Law and Society in Baltimore

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006 at 17:42

Last week from 6 to 9 July was the Law and Society Association meeting held in Baltimore. The panels on the legal profession made an excellent showing. Bill Henderson of Indiana-Bloomington put together eight sessions for us. My paper was given in the first session along with four others. We each had 15 minutes to […]






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Law Firms at the SASE

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006 at 09:52

Last week in Trier, southern Germany, the SASE (Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics) held its annual conference. One of the organisers, Glenn Morgan, held a session on law firms in the global economy. There were three sets of speakers: Daniel Muzio and James Faulconbridge of Lancaster University, Sigrid Quack of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur […]






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