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How not to pick a fight

Let us say you were a large US company, looking to throw around your intellectual property muscle for a quick buck by putting a licensing squeeze on small companies. If so, it is probably best not to pick on a small tech company headed by an ex-litigator...

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Butterfingers

In what must be probably the worst experience a paralegal could ever have, Penny Wadsworth has inadvertently caused the collapse of a 5 defendant, £100,000 drugs trial [Guardian Report]. The 'Kennington Rastafarian Temple' trial had been running for 4 weeks...

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Blogging to death?

Apparently some high output bloggers have been dropping dead, leading the New York Times to blame the pressure of blogging. but as Jeremy Blachman points out, 'middle age geek who never leaves their computer has heart attack' is a somewhat less gripping...

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A quick admin question

Could someone who receives posts from Nearly Legal via email drop me an note to let me know whether you receive the post a second time if I have made an edit to it later on? It shouldn't do that, but I can't tell if it is without potentially deluging people...

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Law Society v LSC settlement

My grateful thanks to Free Movement for finding this, posting about it and passing it on. A Law Society letter of 2 April 2008 setting out the terms of the settlement of the Law Society's litigation against the Legal Services Commission has been leaked. A...

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No more than expected

LSC introduces new IT system to file matter start funding claims. System promptly doesn't work. Three months later, system still doesn't work. Any idea when it will work? Errrr no. So we send in Excel forms instead. LSC says "It's not working as well as it...

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Hierarchy of Need

I haven't posted about the Shelter staff dispute until now, partly because I was hoping it would be resolved and partly because I had little to add. I have been prodded into posting by a comment by Mark P. As he observes, Shelter management are in the...

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Not for Profits in trouble?

Madeleine Bunting has an editorial in the Grauniad decrying the civil legal aid reforms, in particular for the effect on the Not for Profits, as well as the 'paralegal in call centre' approach. Apparently Gateshead Law Centre went into receivership last week...

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The Pyramid Scheme

This post is about paralegals and barristers in legal aid work. Which means that it will mostly turn out to be about solicitors. The latest Legal Action (March 2008) has a rather dispiriting, but unsurprising piece  on the results of a Young Legal Aid...

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The hopeful LiP

Although the energy to do proper case comments has deserted me until tomorrow, I couldn't resist this exchange, which is just about all that is reported of Bedi, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Hounslow [2007] EWHC 3311 (Admin) MR JUSTICE...

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