With a new Lord Chancellor in place following the Prime Minister’s reshuffle, the Law Society Gazette has compiled a helpful to-do list for him, and there are some chunky items on the agenda!
It makes for an interesting read no matter your area of practice. If you want to learn more about these issues, CLT offers a number of training courses that will help you to understand what’s happening and how it might affect your practice.
Debates about the application of privilege will be centre stage when Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation’s dispute with the Serious Fraud Office heads to the Court of Appeal in 2018. Professional Privilege and Without Prejudice Privilege: A Practical Guide outlines different types of privilege and how they should be used, and will examine the impact of the ENRC case.
In 2017 we launched a course on Bitcoin and Blockchain: The Lawyer's Essential Guide which attracted a mixture of in-house and private practice solicitors interested to learn about the legal implications of using blockchain. How can laws drafted many years before blockchain was a glint in anyone’s eye apply to this disruptive force in payments? Come along to the next event in May to find out!
Following the Supreme Court ruling in 2017 that employment tribunal fees were unlawful, the government is working on refunding those who paid the fees. But fees are not completely off the table yet. We’ve got various sources of information to help you – from a webinar update on time limits and our tribunal advocacy workshop to our ever-popular Employment Law Update.
Standard of proof
In 2017 the Bar Standards Board decided to lower the standard of proof in disciplinary proceedings from criminal to civil, and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is considering following suit. Find out about this and more at our Professional Discipline and Regulation Conference 2018.
Privilege decision Mining company Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation’s (ENRC) dispute with the Serious Fraud Office will head to the Court of Appeal this year – a case that could have ramifications for what constitutes professional privilege. The SFO claimed that documents prepared for ENRC’s internal investigation into bribery claims – which it denies – should not be protected by privilege. Last year’s High Court ruling backed the SFO. The Law Society, which described the ruling as ‘alarming’, has asked for permission to intervene.