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Who judges the judges?

Changes in the way judges are appointed are welcome, but ongoing objective appraisal is needed too, argues First LawThe Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) was recently launched to introduce more transparency into the system. To reinforce this modernisation programme, many solicitors ...

Appointment of Legal Assessors

The NMC appoints Legal Assessors to advise its Fitness to Practise panels on questions of law in accordance with Article 34 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.Applications are invited from barristers, advocates or solicitors for appointment to the NMC’s ...

OFT asked to investigate judges over legal tendering 'boycott'

Complaint will accuse three former chairs of the Family Bar Association of breaching Competition ActThe Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is to be pressed to investigate three UK judges over alleged cartel behaviour relating to a collective boycott of a ...

Cobbetts and Weightmans on combined council panel

NOTE: This tender was managed by First LawA consortium of four local authorities in the north have become the latest councils to drive down their legal spend by setting up a joint advisory panel.Halton, Knowsley, Sefton and West Lancashire councils ...

Hackney Council names barrister panel line-up

The London borough of Hackney has assembled a panel of barristers, becoming the first local authority in the UK to do so.Twelve sets of chambers have been appointed to the new panel, which has sub-groups covering planning, property, procurement, employment, ...

North-west councils club together to launch tender

Four north-west councils launched a joint tender for legal services last week, in a bid to use their collective buying power to force down prices.Sefton Council is running the tender, together with Halton, Knowsley and West Lancashire councils.The councils – ...

Councils conduct joint tender

Halton, Knowsley, Sefton and West Lancashire Councils are jointly conducting a competitive tender process to appoint external legal advisers to act as partners and advisers to support their in-house teams. Work will be put out externally to meet the Councils’ ...

Representation of in-house lawyers: the debate

Anthony Armitage is director and founder of First LawA call for in-house lawyers to join together in a single representative body fell on deaf ears during the forum’s final debate.The session — on the representation of in-house lawyers — featured ...

Chancery Lane pledges to raise in-house game

Law Society president Kevin Martin has said the body is to rethink how it represents corporate counsel as part of a fundamental review of its representative function.Speaking at a set piece debate on the representation of in-house lawyers at the ...

General Medical Council announces new tender

The General Medical Council is undertaking a tender exercise to appoint a law firm to conduct a running total of approximately 100 fitness to practise cases against doctors for an initial period of up to one year.The competition will be ...

Hackney Council announces new tender

First Law is assisting Hackney Council in its tender exercise to appoint a panel of barristers to provide specialist legal advice to the Council on a diverse range of work. The exercise is being conducted as a formal and open ...