Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book recommendation: Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future by Richard Susskind

Tomorrow's Lawyers predicts fundamental and irreversible changes in the world of law. For Richard Susskind, best-selling author of The End of Lawyers?, the future of legal service will be neither Grisham nor Rumpole. Instead, it will be a world of virtual courts, Internet-based global legal businesses, online document production, commoditized service, legal process outsourcing, and web-based simulated practice. Legal markets will be liberalized, with new jobs for lawyers and new employers too. This book is a definitive guide to this future - for young and aspiring lawyers, and for all who want to modernize our legal and justice systems. It introduces the new legal landscape and offers practical guidance for those who intend to build careers and businesses in law. Available from Amazon.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekend video: Albert Einstein- How I See the World

Article on the need to stop bashing the personal injury world

Brought to you by our friends at Barletts Solicitors

I've just written an article for Bartletts Solicitors on the need to stop bashing the personal injury world which you can read here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Book recommendation: 'The Actaeon Tide' by Tom Anderson

I've recently been sent a review copy of The Actaeon Tide by writer, surfer and friend Tom Anderson. It's set mostly in South Wales and the protagonist earns his money as a private investigator in order to fund his time surfing. But his life is turned upside down when a client ends up dead. The book is an excellent thriller bringing together ancient myth and psychological tension all set against the backdrop of the rise and fall of the tide. Whilst it may well appeal to fans of other surf writers, it should also have a wider appeal beyond surfing and to all those who enjoy a cracking yarn well told. Move over Kem Nunn and Tim Winton, Tom Anderson is the new kid on the block for surf novels! You can buy a copy of the book at Amazon.co.uk

Book recommendation: Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer

Horace Rumpole - cigar-smoking, claret-drinking, Wordsworth-spouting defender of some unlikely clients - often speaks of the great murder trial which revealed his talents as an advocate and made his reputation down at the Bailey when he was still a young man. Now, for the first time, the sensational story of the Penge Bungalow Murders case is told in full: how, shortly after the war, Rumpole took on the seemingly impossible task of defending young Simon Jerold, accused of murdering his father and his father's friend with a German officer's gun. And how the inexperienced young brief was left alone to pursue the path of justice, in a case that was to echo through the Bailey for years to come. John Mortimer's hilarious Rumpole, which fans of Sherlock Holmes and P.G. Wodehouse will love, sees the magician of the Old Bailey at his unpredictable and brilliant best. Available from Amazon.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Article on The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill 2014

Brought to you by our friends at Barletts Solicitors

I've just written an article for Bartletts Solicitors on The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill 2014 which you can read here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book recommendation: Just Law by Helena Kennedy QC

Acute, questioning, humane and passionately concerned for justice, Helena Kennedy is one of the most powerful voices in legal circles in Britain today. Here she roundly challenges the record of modern governments over the fundamental values of equality, fairness and respect for human dignity. She argues that in the last twenty years we have seen a steady erosion of civil liberties, culminating today in extraordinary legislation, which undermines long established freedoms. Are these moves a crude political response to demands for law and order? Or is the relationship between citizens and the state being covertly reframed and redefined? Available from Amazon.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book recommendation: The Children Act by Ian McEwan

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both. Available from Amazon.