Technical legal practice

Putting off the competition

Drafting effective restrictive covenants in a law firm’s partnership deed is vital to protect the firm against team moves which can be catastrophic, says Jennifer Haywood

There’s no life in crime

John Bottomley explains what the criminal legal aid crisis means for junior lawyers

Better access to legal aid for separated migrant children

Migrant children separated from their parents can now get faster and easier access to legal aid, after new legislation came into force today.

Review calls for devolved justice in Wales

The Welsh Assembly should wrest control of justice, policing and prisons from Westminster, a commission led by the former lord chief justice of England and Wales has recommended.

A top down approach

Pippa Allsop argues the case for self-regulation of lawyer working practices supported by a clear framework from employers

When compensation can prove taxing

Elliot Elsey explains the tax treatment of compensation and the need for practitioners to secure expert advice from tax specialists

Tinkering with inheritance tax

Recommendations by the Office of Tax Simplification to streamline inheritance tax are not fundamental reform but are welcome, says Matthew Duncan