Archive for the ‘Clementi’ Category

Darrois–Clementi Comes to France?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 11:07

I went along to a presentation by Jean-Michel Darrois on his commission’s proposals to reform the French legal profession at the Law Society yesterday. It, of course, begs comparison with the Clementi Review in the UK. Darrois prefaced his remarks by saying that President Sarkozy was concerned that French lawyers weren’t as present in the […]






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Straight There No Detours

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 10:57

Avis Whyte and I have just finished an article derived from the research we did for the Bar Council on direct access to clients. It can be downloaded here. The Bar has been a referral profession for many years and now it is attempting to reconfigure itself towards direct dealings with clients. This has a […]






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Busy Times Ahead…

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 14:58

I went to the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks annual conference last Saturday. This is a precursor to my writing project over the summer, which is to complete my new book on barristers’ clerks. Barristers’ clerks were my first ever research project, so I’ve been grateful to them for setting me on the research path. (More […]






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Direct Access by Clients to the Bar

Thursday, September 11th, 2008 at 13:57

I and my colleague, Avis Whyte, have been commissioned by the Bar Council to examine the issues surrounding direct access to barristers by clients. The Bar Council would like to see more such work being done. This is the background to the ongoing research. In the past several years the Bar has moved towards becoming […]






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The Backlash: Clementi and the German Bar

Sunday, August 31st, 2008 at 21:59

The German Bar Association is threatening any UK law firm that has an office in Germany with severe sanctions if they take advantage of the Clementi proposals to take in external investment. Here’s a link to an article in The Lawyer on this. Does this mean the death of the unified law firm? Will they […]






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