28.12.11

Book recommendation: 'Wig Begone' by Charles Courtley


Wig Begone is an exhilarating tale of Charles' early career with disaster often lurking round the corner and culminating in his own appearance in front of England's most notorious judge!

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23.12.11

Sponsored blog post: A commercial solicitor now needs to secure funding by Therese Wallin

The straining financial climate is being felt by most sectors, even those which are traditionally prosperous, such as commercial litigation. With companies’ limited financial resources, commercial solicitors may find themselves with fewer clients willing to engage in, what can be expensive and time-consuming, court litigation. Adding to an already difficult climate is the declining availability of Conditional Fee Arrangements. As such, access to justice can be a tricky path for some companies. Looking to gain from the present state of affairs investment firms are increasingly offering third-party funding. This funding alternative will partly alleviate any concerns of commercial lawyers who wish to proceed with cases where funding is lacking.

However, this also means that commercial solicitors will have an extra task on their hands before instructing a barrister on their client’s behalf. It will be necessary to convince investors of the strengths of cases. Moreover, most investors have a minimum threshold on claims’ worth for investment to be secured. Hence, commercial law lawyers may still see a decrease in their number of cases which. The funding gap may be partially filled by third-party investors, how much remains to be seen.

Therese Wallin is Content Editor at Contact Law (Thomson Reuters) and reflects here about some of the current ongoing issues affecting many in the UK. Therese has an LLB in Law and Human Rights and an LLM in Public International Law.

21.12.11

Book recommendation: 'The Litigators' by John Grisham


'Grisham is brilliantly comic in a novel that is full of zest and brimming with memorable characters and rich storylines... The legal storylines are typically rich in social detail and instances of entertaining rascality... Away from his usual southern turf, Grisham is turned by Chicago into a more Dickensian writer, soft-hearted at times but predominantly funny... a brilliant comic set piece'

(The Sunday Times)

'The Litigators is up there with the best of Grisham's 25 novels... vintage Grisham. [His] style is direct and the result is a superbly plotted legal thriller'

(Sunday Express)

'The Litigators is a thrilling romp through the murky world of lawsuits and shysters - rich and poor. Packed with [Grisham's] signature twists and turns, not to mention lots of double-dealing, be careful if you're reading The Litigators on the bus, you may just miss your stop'

(Irish Independent)

'[A] snappy, well-turned novel...Grisham brings his usual nuanced understanding of tort law and civil jurisprudence'

(Washington Post)

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14.12.11

Book recommendation: 'Letters to a Young Poet' by Rainer Maria Rilke


"...I cannot think of a better book to put into the hands of any young would-be poet, as an inspirational guide to poetry and to surviving as a poet in a hostile world." Harry Fainlight, The Times

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7.12.11

Book recommendation: 'My Uncle Oswald' by Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl's first-ever novel presents the scurrilous memoirs of that delightful old reprobate from switch bitch, Oswald Hendryks Cornelius - connoisseur, bon vivant, collector of spiders, scorpions, odd walking sticks, lover of opera, expert on Chinese porcelain, and without doubt the greatest fornicator of all time. In this delightful picaresque story, it is revealed how Uncle Oswald first achieved great wealth - all thanks to the Sundance blister beetle, which when ground to powder has the most electrifying aphrodisiac qualities. It is 1919 - armed with the powder and aided by the beautiful amoral Yasmin how comely, Oswald begins an audacious commercial enterprise which involves seducing the most famous men in Europe - from crowded heads to Bernard Shaw and Marcel Proust.

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5.12.11

Sponsored blog post: Persistent need for criminal defence lawyers taking innovative and engaging approaches by Therese Wallin

Criminal defence lawyers face scores of demanding cases, amongst which are those where the client has assisted someone to end their life. English law does not sanction euthanasia or any other form of assisted suicide. Yet, solicitors and barristers specialised in criminal law have continuously sought to apply the law in novel manners. Many clients will have committed the act in the name of compassion. As such, their defence will seek to apply the law in new manners that take into account their client’s circumstances.

The lack of prosecution of such actions could, until last year, be explained by a gap in the law. However, the Director of Public Prosecutions has subsequently made it clear that assisting someone to die, regardless on what grounds, is a criminal offence. Within the near future a man severely handicapped, after suffering a stroke, will ask the High Court to grant a doctor, who helps him to die, the common law defence of necessity in order to escape being prosecuted for murder. Criminal defence lawyers will often explore new applications of the law and look for new ways to achieve their clients' wishes. This is only one of many such controversial issues.

Therese Wallin is Content Editor at Contact Law (Thomson Reuters) and reflects here about some of the current ongoing issues affecting many in the UK. Therese has an LLB in Law and Human Rights and an LLM in Public International Law.