Book Recommendation: The Law's Strangest Cases: Extraordinary But True Incidents from Over Five Centuries of Legal History (Strangest Series)

Author Peter Seddon gives life to over five centuries of bizarre, macabre and sometimes hilarious criminal cases. You'll be gripped by tales of murder, intrigue, crime, punishment and the pursuit of justice. Despite how unbelievable the stories banged up inside these pages may seem, Law's Strangest Cases promises to tell the truth, the whole truthand nothing but the truth about the most ludicrous criminal cases in legal history. Full of riotous and entertaining stories, this book is perfect for anyone who is doing time on a long stretch. Just don't try to steal it, or you may end up inside! Inside you'll encounter: * The only dead parrot ever to give evidence in a court of law * One of the most indigestible dilemmas - if you'd been shipwrecked 2,000 miles from home, would you have eaten Parker the cabin boy? * The doctor with the worst bedside manner of all time * The murderess who collected money from her mummified victim for 21 years Word count: 45,000
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Book Recommendation: The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012: 'The odyssey of a simple man, original, subtle and touching' - Claire Tomalin
When Harold Fry leaves home one morning to post a letter, with his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other.
He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone.
All he knows is that he must keep walking.
To save someone else's life.
'Wonderful' - Guardian
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Book Recommendation: Friends at Court

Roger Thursby is prospering in the legal profession and is about to be made a Queen’s Counsel. In this brilliantly funny sequal to Brothers in Law we follow him through a further series of hilarious legal highs and lows.

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Thousands of Lawyers Quit Amidst Financial Woes

Brought to you by our friends at Walker Prestons Solicitors

Almost 3% of lawyers in the UK could not afford to renew their practising certificates in December and have had their licences revoked. Just shy of 3,500 solicitors have decided to leave the profession according to finance provider Syscap.

It is reported that a combination of factors including banking difficulties, cuts in legal aid and the increasing costs of practising certificates have led to the widespread migration. The price for a single lawyer Practising Certificate was £1,561 in 2001. This price jumped to £2,201 in 2012, a rise of more than 35%. Despite this significant increase, Syscap chief executive Philip White described the revelation as surprising.

White reasoned: “The scale of this year’s exodus from the profession is surprising. It suggests that smaller law firms may be under more financial pressure than anyone thought. Stricter capital adequacy requirements have forced banks to rein in their lending to small businesses, and small law firms have been hit hard by this.”

With the banking industry embroiled in scandal and struggling with the double dip recession, cash injections have become incredibly difficult to come by. This has become a stumbling block for small, new businesses hoping to aid growth or continue trading at their current pace
This news comes during a difficult year for small law firms and personal injury solicitors. Changes to legal regulations have inhibited their business and may prohibit clients from seeking their services. The ban on referral fees has led to a reported 20% of law firms in the North West of the UK considering ceasing operation.

Law firms who help individuals make
claims for hearing loss, road accidents and injuries at work have been penalised by changes to the RTA Portal. These changes look set to make it far less financially rewarding for those seeking compensation, which could inhibit their desire to contact a law firm to work on their behalf.


Book Recommendation: Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University

Letters to a Law Student relays all that a prospective law student needs to know before embarking on their studies. It provides a useful guide to those considering a law degree or conversion course and helps students prepare for what can be a daunting first year of study.

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Book Recommendation: Legal Skills

Legal Skills encompasses all the academic and practical legal skills essential to the law student in one manageable volume. It is an ideal text for first year law students and is also a valuable resource for those studying law at any level. Clearly structured in three parts, the book covers the full range of legal skills you will need to succeed from the beginning of your law degree, through your exams and assessments and into your future career. The first part covers 'Sources of Law' and includes information on finding and using legislation, making sure you understand where the law comes from and how to use it. The second part covers 'Academic Legal Skills' and provides advice on general study and writing skills. This part also includes a section on referencing and avoiding plagiarism amongst a number of other chapters designed to help you through the different stages of your law degree. The third and final part is dedicated to 'Practical Legal Skills'; a section designed to help you to develop transferrable skills in areas such as presentations and negotiations that will be highly valued by future employers. The book contains many useful features designed to support a truly practical approach to legal skills. Self-test questions and diagrams are set in a user-friendly colour design. More extensive activities give you the opportunity to take a 'hands on' approach to tackling a variety of legal skills from using cases to negotiation. Each skill is firmly set in its wider academic and professional context to encourage an integrated approach to the learning of legal skills. Online Resource Centre Legal Skills is accompanied by an innovative online resource centre offering a range of resources to support teaching and learning. Video clips of good and bad 'real life' moots in action bring the subject to life for students. Practical exercises appear throughout the book so you can test yourself on your essay writing, problem solving, revision and exam skills. Examples of good and bad answers to these exercises appear on the online resource centre providing insight into the varying approaches that can be taken to the same question with commentary on the strengths and weaknesses of each answer. Lecturers can track student progress using an online bank of 200 multiple choice questions offering immediate answers and feedback that can be customised and loaded on to the university's VLE.
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