New Final Deadline 

Though technically now on holiday I have been unable to avoid checking the outcome of yesterdays Unified Contract deadline. According to the LSC it appears that most have signed, though once again the tone of their comments are unlikely to make new friends. In addition, and it interesting how to judge this, there is now […]

One Day I’ll Fly Away 

I am off on holiday on Sunday to the Land of the Giant Mouse although we will spend more time at Universal and Seaworld rather than with the superannuated rodent. (I have invites of hospitality from two clients too!). Perversely, you might say, I do have a bit of regret that I will miss the […]

Breaking News 

We understand that yesterday’s Law Society Council unanimously passed a motion of no confidence in the LSC over its conduct of contract negotiations. As you know, we are not ones who understand the nuances of such diplomacy. This however seems pretty much as close to the type of language we would use in the circumstances, […]

Contract Negotiations 

We commented upon LSC Chief Executive Carloyn Regan’s letter on the unified contract yesterday. Her opposite number at the Law Society, Des Hudson, has the following to say in response: “Your letter is also a plain distortion of the Law Society’s position on the unified legal aid contract. The Society has sought throughout to alert […]

More Madness 

The blogosphere (i.e. where you are now) is home to much lunatic, conspiracy theory paranoia and nonsense. We occasionally succumb to this. In a continuation of this theme, is it possible that they could nearly achieve a diversion from Teesside to Leeds/Bradford last night so as to impede my progress? At very least the delay […]

Short Polemic 

I was engaged in my last CCA Cost Committee hearing EVER yesterday so was somewhat out of the loop with the flurry of activity concerning this week Unified Contract deadline (and we do like to keep you up to date!). More of that experience later. I guess therefore that you have all received this correspondence. […]

To Sign or not to Sign? 

The backdrop to yesterday

Travel Plans 

Today begins a somewhat frantic last 4 days before I head off to the land of the Giant mouse on Sunday. Training events at Newcastle and Manchester have, hopefully my last, London Cost Committee sandwiched in between. This requires somewhat convoluted travel plans involving Sandra becoming a chauffeur and me getting a late flight from […]

Ticking Timebomb 

You might remember my first significant Peer Review appeal “victory”. I have just seen the written response and despite achieving the desired re-grading I am still uneasy about some of their findings – anyhow time to let go now. There is one interesting and important comment which stands out to me: “The fact that this […]

Stories of Our Times 

Just after putting up the Cure below two back-to-back phone calls dragged me back into the unremitting gloom of present times. The first was from a firm who’s fund take in the proposed expanded duty scheme borders will be tantalisingly below the