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LawWorks donation

Charity LawWorks has received £162,700 to help provide free advice to small not-for-profit organisations and individuals in London. The funding was awarded by City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder.

Statistics explained

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The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) and the Royal Statistical Society have published a guide to help barristers understand statistics and probability and recognise ‘traps and pitfalls’ to avoid miscarriages of justice. The ICCA said an ‘increasing amount’ of statistical evidence is appearing in expert witness testimony. 

Bermuda expansion

Global firm Kennedys has continued its international expansion by opening a Bermuda office with local firm Sedgwick Chudleigh. The Bermuda firm was previously associated with US firm Sedgwick LLP.

Trade union champion

Adam Creme, head of legal services at Unison, has been named lawyer of the year at human rights organisation Liberty’s annual awards. The trade union successfully challenged the government’s employment tribunal fees system in the Supreme Court. The system was scrapped in July.

Strike off for fraud

A Cheshire solicitor who plundered elderly clients’ accounts and deprived charities of legacy monies has been struck off the roll. Peter Philip Taylor, 66, was jailed for three years in April 2016 after taking a total of £370,000 from the estates of two vulnerable clients.

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