Litigation and things

New Silks


The annual QC appointments are in and congratulations to the 88 barristers extraordinaire who took silk. Our particular congratulations go to Marc Rowlands and Piers Stansfield at Keating and Dominique Rawley and Stephen Walker at Atkin Chambers.

We also have a few honorary Solicitor QCs, namely Clyde & Co senior partner Michael Payton and Stephen Grosz, head of public law and human rights at Bindmans.

Occupy London loses ground at LSX

On 22 February a trio of Court of Appeal judges, led by Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, slapped down Occupy London Stock Exchange’s last-gasp attempt to keep its St Paul’s camp.

Forked Tongues

As some of you may know the MoJ’s court interpreter service launched a new scheme in January that required courts to select interpreters from a single agency instead of from the National Register of Public Service Interpreters. The planned saving in dosh? £18m. 
Problem: it soon descended into bedlam with long and expensive delays and many instances where interpreters simply weren’t up to the task – if they turned up at all, that is!

Use of Blackberry etc in Court and Live text based communication now okay!

In the past you may have been in ignorant bliss! Lord Judge has fortunately handed down guidance on using laptops and handheld devices/ personal digital assistants (PDAs) to communicate directly from courts in England and Wales. The new guidance makes it clear that there is no longer any need for members of the media or legal commentators to make an application to communicate from court.
‘Courting’ sees no abating
So far this year (and bear in mind it’s only March) we’ve had Pinsents and McGrigors confirm they’ll merge, along with Cumberland Ellis and Wedlake Bell, and Kerman & Co and Max Bitel Greene and I news of Martineau’s tie-up with Sprecher Grier Halbertstam.
Herbert Smith and Freehills have admitted they’re courting and while DWF and Cobbetts called it a day on their talks, you can bet DWF is still on the prowl.

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