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An anonymous posting, purporting to be by a solicitor in private practice, has appeared on the website of The Law Society's Gazette, the organ of the Law Society of England and Wales. If there was ever a reason to question the quality of the profession, this is probably high on the list.

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When the UK started charging purchase tax on cars, Colin Chapman found a loophole: if he sold his Lotus cars in kit form, buyers did not have to pay the tax. Caterham Cars started their business as an early - perhaps the first - dealer for Lotus Cars, building kits of the Lotus Seven for customers who didn't trust themselves to build the car from a kit.

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As the USA's crisis over the failure of Congress to finalise a Federal budget, the US Federal Courts system is one of those on the front line. What will happen if Congress fails to solve the problem tomorrow (8 April).

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SAAB, now free of its GM constraints and in ownership of specialist sports car maker Spyker is to reintroduce the Griffin, this time as a variant of the new 9-3 model

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It sometimes seems as if the one company you don't want to be if you are a car maker is Toyota. Having admitted last year that it put innovation and a rush to market ahead of its traditionally prudent, quality driven, commercial strategy, the announcement that it more than a million and a half cars have faults requiring recall causes yet more damage to the company's once mighty reputation.

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A fascinating case in Massachusetts, USA, has defined, in that state but with persuasive force elsewhere, the question of when a person is "practising law." It has widespread implications: struck off or suspended lawyers are effectively banned from earning a living from their accumulated skill and knowledge while lay advisers are free to offer the same services even without the same skills and experience.

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The USA's Securities and Exchange Commission has started proceedings against David M Tamman, a lawyer and partner with Greenberg Traurig LLP of Santa Monica, California, alleging improper professional conduct during an SEC examination.

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The Nissan Leaf may be a great car (Nissan haven't given us one to drive yet) but as the UK disappears under another snow storm, it's clearly not the car for this year, or at least not this winter.

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The Amazon Defense (sic) Coalition (ADC) is a pressure group that doesn't just wash its dirty linen in public, it makes a point of waving it around so as many people as possible see it. The ADC is a largely amorphous group claiming "a group of Amazonian grass roots organizations and communities who have joined to defend and sustain our peoples and environment through unification of our forces and the integration of the entire Ecuadorian Amazon."

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A barrister, charged by Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), was today (Tuesday) sentenced to one year's imprisonment at the District Court for attempting to steal more than HK$30,000 from two foreign clients by claiming that the sums would be used for hiring a Queen's Counsel (QC) for them.

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