Law Review: Quick links to current stories

A quick look at key stories – without comment.  I shall be doing some commentary on current issues later in the day.

CoL slammed for refusal to repay non-starter fees

The Lawyer: The College of Law (CoL) has entered into a major spat with several of Kaplan Law School’s LPC clients after refusing to refund thousands of pounds of course fees to the firms’ future trainees.

The dispute with Bird & Bird, Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW), Nabarro and Trowers & Hamlins arose after the firms, all of which send their future trainees to Kaplan, offered training contracts to students who had already paid their first instalments to CoL, which in many cases amounted to £5,890.

Law firms – got yourselves covered for PI insurance? – if not then you may well want to have a look at this….

I did a podcast with Oliver Wharmby of specialists Priest & Co recently – a useful source of information and advice.  They are PI specialists and able to accommodate risks that have still yet to secure a deal with any qualifying insurer.

Lawcast 167: Oliver Wharmby, Priest & Co, on Professional Indemnity Insurance for Solicitors

Coulson may be perjury trial witness

The Guardian:

The prime minister’s communications chief, Andy Coulson, could be called as a witness in the trial of Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan for perjury.

According to the Sunday Herald, Coulson gave a statement to Sheridan’s legal team earlier this month.

The case dates back to 2004 when Coulson was editor of the News of the World. The paper ran a story claiming that Sheridan had cheated on his wife with a former prostitute.

Government policy on torture could break law

Guardian: Equality and Human Rights Commission writes to Cameron expressing concerns about newly published guidance

The Bundle: litigious students and lawyers on Twitter

Guardian: This week’s best news, comment, analysis, blogs and readers’ views from and around the web

2 thoughts on “Law Review: Quick links to current stories

  1. Hi CharonQC,

    Firstly, let me just start with apologising for my anonymity. Im sure you will soon understand. I just have a question, or rather would like some advice.

    I was recently asked to leave, by no fault of my own from an LPC course (I rather not say where). Any way it was something I was very passionate about. The reason for this was that I was given a qualifying law degree but no honours, which meant no classification, something I recently found out. If you have no honours you have no classification (but I should have been given a 2:2). This never happened due to serious mitigating circumstances, which was my family member being in a coma for one month, which seriously affected my degree result and the reason for not acheiving an honours degree.

    Anyhow, I explained this to the person in charge who dismissed me my claims. I asked to appeal the decision, but the person I appealed to expressed to me they had already spoken to the “other person” who dismissed me, stating that they too stand by the decision. However, I thought an appeal should have been an independant appeal. Apparently I guess not.

    Anyway, my dreams of becoming a solicitor have gone down the drain now. Probably a paralegal life for me (if that). Im not sure how you could help me, but I guess a second opinion would be nice.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    All the best.


  2. By the way I have just realised the blog under which I commented on. That is rather amusing. Also ironic, but I can assure you I have no plans to sue a law school

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