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Liverpool Roadshow


50 lawyers in Liverpool last Friday evening left Law Society representatives in no doubt about their preferred approach to the MoJ’s ‘Transforming Legal Aid’ consultation exercise.

The event was the latest in the Society’s roadshow programme, sponsored by iLaw, to meet with practitioners to discuss current issues and to canvass views. Read the full story

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Solicitor Profile: Carl Woolf on Digital Working


As recently as February 2013, Justice Minister Damian Green empathised that there was a specific failure to exploit technology in the legal sector. Carl’s strong business orientation is at the forefront of his practice and he particularly relies on technology within the courtroom environment. The notion of Digital Working is something he embraces and he recognises the link to cutting firm expenditure.

The Justice Secretary’s recent announcement bringing forward the implementation of Best Value Tendering is not welcomed in quite the same light. “Tendering for contracts is an absolute nightmare for everyone”, he says, and this will inevitably result “in the lowest possible price for the service.” He quotes on speculation likening Eddie Stobbart Law operating a Crime ‘Tesco Law’ service and its worrying implications for smaller practices. He also recognises the trend emerging of ‘safety in numbers’ to fight against the emergence of a potential Eddie Stobbart Law firm.

“One has to wonder what incentive there will be to promote justice and quality as opposed to price and profit”, Carl asks.
But he also accepts that digital working will definitely help to cut costs. “If you can have typists that work from home, if solicitors don’t need their travel expenses paying because they can go to a court closer to their home and access their files, dictation and email via iPad then that will hopefully save us substantial amounts.”

The importance of tablet devices in day to day criminal proceedings is empathised more. Carl states he is using his iPad in his current trial to access digital case files via his remote access case management system. All of his papers are scanned and emailed over to his iPad. He rarely drags around big volumes of books and case papers because “everything is there in a convenient bundle”, but only on the proviso “as long as you have a power source.” In 2013 he has not carried one hard copy book because their digital working allows for electronic copies to be accessed.

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Solicitor Profile: Carl Woolf


Carl Woolf, partner and solicitor advocate of Meldrum Solicitors in St Albans, discusses the implications of digital working and an intriguing perspective on legal aid criminal defence solicitors.

He was also the lucky winner of an Apple iPad Mini via the Upper Case Legal Journal relaunch competition! Carl Woolf, partner and co-founder at one of the foremost criminal practices in Hertfordshire, Meldrum Solicitors, is responsible for the running of their Crown Court Advocacy. Read the full story

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Best Value Tendering – at the double


In July 2005, Lord Falconer, then Lord Chancellor, asked Lord Carter to examine how to improve the arrangements for purchasing and procuring publicly funded legal services, particularly criminal defence services.

In his report, published in February 2006, Lord Carter recommended fixed pricing for all criminal legal aid work; a managed market, awarding contracts to efficient and good quality suppliers; and managed price competition between efficient, good quality suppliers. Read the full story

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Digital working


On Tuesday, Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green delivered a speech at the centre-right think tank ‘Reform’ on crime and justice policy.

One of the themes of his speech was the failure to exploit technology. He said: “Anyone who compares the way the criminal justice system works with any other modern workplace will be immediately struck by the terrible failure to take advantage of all the benefits that technology can bring. If you compare basic processes that take place across the country all the time Read the full story

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