Longstanding legal journalist Edward Fennell compiles news and comment on the legal world across its quirks and quiddities

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world 24 May 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: A BARRISTER IN NO. 10? Given the likelihood that Keir Starmer will be installed in Downing Street by the middle of the Summer one has to compare his credentials to those of Tony…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world May 17 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Whose company do you keep?  A mighty list of the great and the good of UK business appeared in the national press yesterday to mark Better Business Day. They were backing a ‘simple…

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Diary news, commentary, insights, appointments and arts from the legal world 10 May 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: COULDN’T MAKE IT UP According to a report on the TODAY programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning, a company is now offering the public the experience of being members of jury in…

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Diary news plus insights,commentary and appointments from the legal world May 3 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK UK-UKraine – The In-Laws With the Russo-Ukraine war now grinding depressingly into its third year it is hard to find any crumbs of comfort. Nonetheless, a tiny one appeared this week, however, with an…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world April 26 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Woopee! It’s WIP Day Yes, it’s World Intellectual Property Day (image above) and all over the world intellectuals everywhere are partying like there’s no tomorrow. Just as a timely illustration of the muscle…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world April 19 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Fancy a coffee? I apologise for writing this little short thought. If the team here at the Legal Diary were really on the ball we would already have installed an ’AI assistant’ to…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world April 12 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Who’s Complaining? Published today are the findings of a review by Fieldfisher of the Bar Standards Board’s complaints process. The verdict? It is good – but not good enough. Like most everything else…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world March 28 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: CUTTING COMMUNICATIONS? Go to the Russia section of the Legal 500 and you will find just seven firms listed there. It’s a dramatically reduced number from two decades ago when things were looking…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world March 22 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: A BAR FOR STARMER When Keir Starmer slips into Downing Street in the Autumn how far up his list of priorities will be the Crown Prosecution Service? On the face of it the…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world March 15 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: EXTREMELY CONFUSED? Just how extreme are you feeling this morning? In the muddle over Michael Gove’s attempt to define administratively (but not legally, as far as we can understand) what constitutes an extreme…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world March 8 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: NO CAUSE TO CELEBRATE? Asking herself the rhetorical question this morning on BBC’s Thought for the Day ‘Why do we still need an International Women’s Day’, the writer Anne Atkins supplied the blunt…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world March 1 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: GET A LIFE In the press today former Defence Secretary-of-State Ben Wallace speaks about the addictive nature of work in Westminster but also the appalling toll it tales on MPs’ personal and family…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world February 23 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: DIVERSITY- CUT THE CHASE In this month’s edition of ‘Reports Legal’ the editor, Dominic Carman, highlights that, “Beyond the big three diversity issues – gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation – social mobility has…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world February 16 2024 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: CRITICAL CHOICES FOR LAW FIRM MERGERS It was one of those ‘closing doors’ moments in transatlantic legal history. Was the up-and-coming and highly ambitious (but relatively small) Bird & Bird going to merge…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world 22 December 2023 SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: In the bleak mid-winter? With things looking pretty bleak right now – both internationally and domestically – one might be hard-pressed to find much to say about comfort and joy in the present season. But we…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world 15 December 2023 SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Looking Forward to AnOther Election? Next year will be dominated by elections – in politics for the President of the USA and for Prime Minister of the UK. But in the law it will be for…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world 8 December 2023 Editorial Contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Economical with the Law? When Jonathan Sumption, the former member of the UK’s Supreme Court, weighs in against you then you need to start worrying. In connection with the Government’s intention to legislate…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world 1 December 2023 SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner There were twenty-eight categories at this week’s British Legal Award. With one or two exceptions those who walked off with the titles were the ‘usual suspects’ – and very well…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world 24 November 2023 SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: When ‘Inclusivity’ Falls Short One of the clarion calls of the LGBTQ+ movement in recent years has been for the right of people to ‘be their authentic selves’ in the workplace. Many law firms have adopted…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world 17 November 2023 SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Last Post for Post Office Lawyers? This lunchtime, shortly after this Legal Diary is published, BBC Radio 4 will be running Episode 17 of its series ‘The Great Post Office Trial’. It focuses on the notorious…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world 10 November 2023 SHORT THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: The Police Need AID By the time you read this it could well be Monday morning and the outcome of Saturday’s Palestine march will be known. Will the Met have made the right decision or was…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world 3 November 2023 SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: PRO BONO? Next week is a celebration of the pro bono activities by lawyers. Encouragingly, the Bar Council has just released data from its Barristers’ Working Lives 2023 survey indicating that 49% of barristers had provided…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world 27 October 2023 SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Lawyers’ Role -Trick or Treat? Halloween is almost upon us and Sergio Abreu, a Legal Adviser at DAS Law, has been offering advice on the legal quagmire that it constitutes.“Amidst all the excitement, it’s important to…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world October 20 2023 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Momentous events? All over or just the beginning of something big? 2001 has gone down in history for 9/11. Last year, 2022, for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This year, sadly, for what is…

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Diary news plus insights, commentary and appointments from the legal world October 13 2023 Editorial contact: fennell.edward@yahoo.com SHORT THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK What’s The Shame In a Name? In the aftermath of last weekend’s unspeakable atrocities many people have been caught up, entirely understandably, in rows about flying flags, issuing public statements and debates about…

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