A Question of Ethics

Introduction I don’t put myself forward as an expert on ethics, or pretend to have all the answers, but I do take in interest in ethics and regulation (and the various absurdities that can be thrown up by our Code of Conduct – and will no doubt continue after the changes) and I thought that…

Why MPs should have a payrise

Introduction Ok, this may not be popular. Arguing in favour of MPs is a bit like advocating herpes. So not going apoplectic at an 11% payrise seems strange. It may seem doubly strange when they are the same people who have given me a roughly 30% pay cut in the last few years and are…

VHCC Debate in the House of Lords – 12th Dec 2013

Alex Carlile moved a motion in the House of Lords last night to annul the CDS (VHCC) Regulations 2013/2804 (the SI that brought in the recent changes to VHCCs). You can read the whole debate here, but there were some excellent contributions. Lord Carlile, unsurprisingly, set out cogent reasons why the changes to VHCCs are…

MoJ Memo – the hidden dangers in the office

  This is a genuine memo (anonymised) from the MoJ, back from when it was the Lord Chancellor’s department. I came across it in my emails whilst I was looking for something else, so thought I’d share. I doubt if much has changed since then. Certainly from what I’ve heard it hasn’t … They’re still…

Spare us from radical judges?

Introduction Jonathan Sumption gave a lecture on 20th November 2013 in Kuala Lumpur entitled ‘The Limits of Law’. In this he set out the theory, increasingly popular in the government, of ‘judicial overreach’ – the idea that Judges have recently being butting their noses into areas that should properly be the preserve of ‘elected politicians’.…

VHCC Panel List

EDIT – The MoJ have now ‘clarified’ the position and published a new list of those “Self-employed advocates who have [applied for and] been accredited for VHCC cases has been provided to solicitors to assist them in exercising their duty to secure representation for their clients.* “. The note reads “Please note that the circumstances of…