Saturday, February 26, 2011

Interview with Durham University newspaper

The Durham University newspaper Palatinate has just published an interview I did which is written by Vincent McAviney. You can read it here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sponsored post: Law society calls for full compensation for injury victims


People who have been injured through no fault of their own should receive the full accident claim compensation they deserve, according to the Law Society.  The comments were part of the society’s official response to the government’s ongoing consultation into the costs of civil litigation.

In its response, the Law Society said that the conditional fee agreements, also known as CFA’s which were introduced in 1995 had provided many people in England and Wales with “important access to justice”.  It did however acknowledge that in some cases, the costs involved in making a civil claim can be too high.  The Society said that the key factor responsible for pushing up the costs of litigation was the court process itself.

The government consultation comes on the back of the recommendations made by Lord Justice Jackson which included measures such as removing the ability of lawyers to recover the costs of any after-the-event insurance policies they arranged for their client during the claim.  Jackson LJ also recommended removing the 100% success fee that lawyers receive when they win a claim, instead suggesting the move to a system where legal fees would be paid directly from a claimant’s damages.  These changes would likely see the end of the No-Win No-Fee claim lawyer in favour of a system that could see law firms compete for clients on a cost-to-claim basis.

In the words of Law Society President Linda Lee, whose comments were reported on the Law Gazette Website:  “Claimants must be free to bring cases to court, but they should be able to recover all of their damages if they win.”   

Author: Neil Worrall

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Book recommendation: 'Hell has Harbour Views' by Richard Beasley

Hell Has Harbour Views is set in a corrupt Sydney law firm and follows the protagonist, Hugh Walker, a lawyer who always hoped he would be a defender of the poor and oppressed, until a Sydney law firm dangled an office with a harbour view in front of him. In no time he is turning a blind eye to suspect time sheets, representing powerful companies against powerless people, and not being entirely honest with his girlfriend. The book is written Australian author and barrister Richard Beasley and reads like a John Grisham thriller.

Tim Kevan is the author of the BabyBarista series of novels published by Bloomsbury. Law and Disorder was described by The Times as 'a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary'. The sequel Law and Peace is due out in May and can be pre-ordered on amazon.

Interview with JustGoDirect.com

Just Go Direct have just published an interview I did for them which you can read here.

Just Go Direct takes an innovative approach to legal recruitment by enabling law firms to advertise positions which applicants may then apply for directly for to that law firm. They are also a sponsor of this site.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Book recommendation: 'Brothers-in-Law' by Henry Cecil

Roger Thursby, aged twenty-four, is called to the bar. He is young, inexperienced and his love life is complicated. He blunders his way through a succession of comic adventures including his calamitous debut at the bar. His career takes an upward turn when he is chosen to defend the caddish Alfred Greenat at the Old Bailey. Brothers in Law is the first in the series of legal comedy novels by Henry Cecil, a barrister and then a circuit judge whose real name was Henry Cecil Leon. They provide a wonderful insight into life in the law back in the 1950s and 1960s and despite their age the satirical humour is as relevant today as it was back then. It is available on amazon.
Tim Kevan is the author of the BabyBarista series of novels published by Bloomsbury. Law and Disorder was described by The Times as 'a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary'. The sequel Law and Peace is due out in May and can be pre-ordered on amazon.

Friday, February 11, 2011

BabyBarista gets a mention in The Hollywood Reporter!

Nice to see my BabyBarista Blog getting a mention in The Hollywood Reporter for the post on OldSmoothie’s advice on libel laws. Also, very many thanks to John Bolch over at the Family Lore Blog for awarding me his January Post of the Month award (pictured).