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Supreme Court lawyers allowed to dress down

Lawyers appearing at the UK's highest court will no longer have to wear traditional dress, it was announced today.From now on advocates in cases heard at the Supreme Court in London will be able to "dispense with any or all of the elements of traditional court dress".
The announcement was made by the court's president, Lord Phillips.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 09:24

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Shortlist announced for the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2011

Your Expert Witness  pia11 ebannerThe shortlist for the 2011 Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards has been announced. The list represents some of the most talented individuals and companies working in the UK personal injury sector, ranging from solicitors and claims management companies to barristers and rehabilitation providers.

The awards, which are in their fourth year, celebrate the excellence of individuals and organisations across the whole of the personal injury claims sector. Having established themselves as a highlight of the UK’s personal injury calendar, the awards have been welcomed by the industry for their role in bridging the traditional partisan ‘claimant/defendant’ divide.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:38

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Islamic marriage contracts: how can they be legally enforced?

In countries where Islam is not widely understood, ensuring the legality of the Islamic marriage contract (nikkah) in the courts presents special challenges.

Marriage in Islam is not a sacrament, but a covenant. It is solidified when the couple agrees to or signs a legally binding marriage contract, or nikkah.

Although a couple may include highly detailed prenuptial agreements in their marriage contract, cases do arise where a spouse contests the terms agreed upon. How then can Muslims in Western countries ensure the legality of the marriage contract at the time of its signing?

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:39

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Difficult doctors; sick doctors: behavioural forensics in clinician misconduct and malpractice

Your Expert Witness rupert whitakerby Dr Rupert Whitaker

The public has probably complained about clinicians’ behaviour since the beginning of medicine, but malpractice litigation is an extreme and ineffective form of feedback as even successful suits do not require any change in the defendants’ behaviour.
Furthermore, the culture of clinical practice is defensive of the practitioner rather than the patient due to an outdated sense of privilege, particularly among physicians, which results in a form of professional narcissism and closing of ranks that can make things even more difficult for the plaintiff.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2018 18:39

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