Friday, 20 May 2011

Louise Restell

catching up with Louise Restell this week was a revelation.  Louise has been involved with the legal profession for a number of years, her interest beginning when she worked for consumer organisation Which? and had a key role in the consumer working party pushing for legal reform that ultimately led to Legal Services Act. When I caught up with her this week, she had just started her new role at The Law Society, on a project exploring the profession's interaction with its various stakeholders. 

Over coffee she took me through the detail of a lunchtime talk she was about to give staff at the Legal Services Board.  She had been invited to share her thoughts and experience of the profession, and how it interacts with consumers in particular.  Phew!  She wasn't holding anything back!  She has strong views about lawyers' delusions, particularly at High Street firm level, that they are intrinsically better at 'quality of service' than any of these newfangled, Legal-Services-Act-enabled, alternative legal-services-providers could ever hope to be.

On the way back to the office I tweeted Louise wouldn't be pulling any punches in her talk to LSB staff, and the inimitable Jon Busby immediately tweeted back:

 

legaltwo 
Legal 2.0
@ClareRodway @Louise-Restell Uzi 9mm would be my suggest ;) rather than punches
18 May


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A story that shocked us all this week
was Justice Secretary Ken Clarke's incredible PR gaff discussing the concept of rape sentence reductions for early guilty pleas on BBC Radio 5 LiveImpossible position to defend, trying to describe a supposed line between serious and non-serious rape. What with the Strauss-Kahn fiasco in the same week and the Berlusconi trial coming up.  Judging by these astonishing attitudes to women crawling out of the woodwork, from educated men who should know better, I did wonder at one point this week whether I had suddenly been transported back to the pre-1970s.  All quite depressing really...

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Super injunctions continue to dominate our headlines.  A new aspect each day - not least today's publication of the Neuberger Report - but even so it's astonishing the media hasn't bored of this topic yet.  Could it be because it's press freedom that lies at the heart of the debate?  Or is it more the fact that talking about superinjunctions is a far more pallatable way to present salacious stories about celebrity affairs and other peccadilloes, to an audiences that wants to pretend it is above such things!

If you haven't caught the Neuberger Report yet, you can find links to some excellent Guardian material on it here.

If you're after something more light-hearted about the role of social media in litigation, thought you might enjoy this (courtesy of @ChristianUncut via twitter)...

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