Use of Intermediaries for child defendants – a practical guide

Published by the Youth Justice Legal Centre this is a guide to who will benefit from an intermediary, what intermediaries do and how to get one for your client.

Use of Intermediaries for child defendants

Transforming Our Courts and Tribunals System and related consultations: Message from the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals

This morning, together with the Lord Chancellor, we published our joint vision for the future: “Transforming Our Courts and Tribunals System”. This document sets out a strategic narrative for reform which has the full support of the senior judiciary and the Government.

For the first time, the scope of our ambition, the drivers for reform, the principles underpinning our proposals and a description of the changes which are already underway across the jurisdictions, have been summarised in one accessible place. We encourage all of you to read it.

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division ‘Care Cases – The Looming Crisis’

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division  'Care Cases - The Looming Crisis'
"We are facing a crisis and, truth be told, we have no very clear strategy for meeting the crisis."
Read the President's view of the response required to meet the inexorable rise in care cases here.

Access to justice 'very much at risk’ – Neuberger

The increased cost and complexity of litigation coupled with the shrinking of legal aid means that access to justice is 'very much at risk', the president of the Supreme Court has said. 

DLA appoints Picón as senior partner

Global firm DLA Piper has elected its Madrid-based corporate partner Juan Picón to take over as senior partner and global co-chairman at the start of May.

Government makes £10bn pledge to cut regulation

The public spending watchdog is investigating the effectiveness of government efforts to reduce regulatory burdens imposed on businesses.

Regional firm goes for John Lewis-style shared ownership

South-west firm Stephens Scown LLP is to operate under a John Lewis-style shared-ownership model, which will see receptionists receiving the same bonus as fee-earners, it revealed today. 

DLA partner referred to SDT over 'sexist’ email scandal

A partner at global firm DLA Piper has been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal after alleged sexist email exchanges with the Premier League chief executive were leaked to the press last year.

Man who discovered Adam Johnson: Shocked and disappointed

The man who discovered Adam Johnson's football talent when he was just 12 years old has said in an interview that he is "shocked" and "disappointed" what has happened to the player.

ABS steps in to save Todner criminal defence firm

The former legal director of Stobart Barristers - who once described traditional legal aid firms as 'wounded animals waiting to die' - has snapped up a high-profile criminal defence practice, the Gazette can reveal.