News in brief – 25.10.2018

Grant elected to ACL Council

Adam Grant has won the election to fill the vacancy on the ACL Council. A Costs Lawyer at Pure Legal Costs in Prescot, Merseyside, he was previously at Compass Costs.


Kendall joins KK

ACL vice-chairman Francis Kendall has joined Kain Knight. He was previously at Masters Legal Costs Services. Mr Kendall has over 25 years’ experience both in-house and in independent practice and said: “I am relishing the challenge that change brings.”


Kain brings law to the masses

Well-known Costs Lawyer Michael Kain is the executive producer of a new TV chat show that aims to “lift the veil on the law” for the general public.

LAWcatz was first shown on Monday on Sky’s Showcase channel (digital channel 455) and will be repeated tomorrow. If it is successful, there will be a series of 12 episodes broadcast from January 2019. It is also be available on social media and on the LAWcatz website.

It is hosted by Rachel Hatton (pictured), who is currently a presenter on The Jewellery Channel, and she will be joined each week by renowned costs silk PJ Kirby QC, joint head of Hardwicke Chambers in London.

The show is the brainchild of Mr Kain, who said the name was inspired by The Squeeze song Cool for cats. He said: “We will be providing generic expert legal and good business advice, along with helpful hints and guidance that will help the viewer understand the law, legal terms and how the law affects all of our daily lives.”

The first show looked at the process by which laws are made and how the profession is organised, wills and probate, “suing and being sued” and how to choose the right legal adviser.

Mr Kain said he had long had an idea of a show explaining law in simple way – akin to Martin Lewis’s Money Show – and the opportunity arose when discussing with a producer after appearing on another Sky channel with his band, The Beaucrees.

As well as viewers, Mr Kain said he needed sponsorship to make the show work – he stressed that this would just be to cover the costs and not make a profit. “Every penny goes back into show,” he said. Firms can sponsor specific practice areas and discuss them on the show. Viewers who need legal advice in that area will be pointed towards the sponsor.


Judiciary calls for help with factual witness evidence

The judiciary is asking users of all the Business and Property Courts in the High Court in London to take a survey about the current rules and practice on factual witness evidence, as well as potential alternatives.

A note received from Mr Justice Popplewell, Mr Justice Andrew Baker and Mr Justice Waksman said the results “will be an invaluable source of evidence which will help inform the reports and recommendations which will be produced by the working group”.

The survey, which can be found here, should not take more than 10 minutes to complete. The deadline for responses is 23 November 2018.

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