1. In August 2008, a judge criticised the CPS solicitor who produced an indictment in a criminal case that was ‘littered with errors’ including five misspellings of the word ‘grievous’ and a reference to an offensive weapon ‘namely axe’ (rather than ‘namely an axe’). Judge David Paget threw the indictment down saying: –
‘It’s quite disgraceful. This is supposed to be a centre of excellence. To have an indictment drawn up by some illiterate idiot is just not good enough’.
The senior partners are concerned that the standard of legal writing skills is
decreasing each year within the firm and you have been charged with constructing a
briefing document outlining the key elements of quality legal writing.
2. “The implementation of new Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) ………. Regulations ….. have attracted considerable criticism from law firms ………..”
– Lawyers Defence Group July 2019.
Critically asses the provisions of the new SRA Handbook in the context of this
3. “Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is not a term of art: it includes any process of dispute resolution other than litigation, arbitration or traditional negotiation between the parties or their solicitors”.
– ‘Skills for Lawyers’, Elkington et al.
Critically assess whether the system of alternative dispute resolution procedures provides an effective and efficient addition to the normal court procedure in the UK in the context of how ADR might evolve with Covid 19 and developments in artificial intelligence.
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