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Pro Bono Watch

As the Bar Pro Bono Unit marks its 20th anniversary, Jess Campbell explores the journey of a recent case – an apt reminder of what the Unit was set up to do We are now a... read more

O’Brien update (3) – By His Honour John Platt

The past six months has seen a considerable amount of activity to the point where only a few issues of substance still remain unresolved, writes HH John Platt. read more

O’Brien update (2) – By His Honour John Platt

The latest developments on money claims There is much good news to report. read more

Bar in the Gulf

Mark Hoyle, who is now a partner at King & Wood Mallesons SJB in Dubai, organised a dinner for Barristers in the Gulf, on 28 May 2014. There was an excellent selection... read more

In the bleak midwinter, tales of life (and death) in the law

Christmas Legal Fiction roundup for Counsel Magazine by Paul Magrath. Books discussed: Ian McEwan, The Children Act (Cape, £16.99) Peter Murphy, A Matter for the Jury (No... read more

O’Brien update (1) – By His Honour John Platt

Calling all part time fee paid judges, you have nothing to lose but money lawfully due to you. In January 2013 the Supreme Court decided that the MoJ had broken the terms... read more

The way we were

A reflection on the way life for a barrister on the circuits used to be. Listening to (Lord) Jeremy Hutchinson on Desert Island Discs led me to recall life at... read more