Ann Olivarius, Julie Taberer and AO Advocates receive accreditation from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Ann Olivarius and Julie Taberer have both received accreditation from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as Senior Litigators.

Ann and Julie were rigorously assessed on numerous skills such as interviewing, drafting, settlement and court strategies, and the ability to deal with costs issues. Both passed with flying colours.

AO Advocates was also assessed as a firm and again performed incredibly well, receiving APIL’s Accredited Practice status.

For more details about APIL and the standards that were tested against, please see here.

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Law Gazette interviews AOA legal analysts about the "Super Exam" vs LPC

AOA Legal Analysts Shannon Moore and Emily McArthur are quoted in Law Gazette:

“Two legal analysts who trialled SQE1 in March, however, have criticised the assessment.

Shannon Moore and Emily McArthur, legal analysts for AO Advocates and McAllister Olivarius, told the Gazette: ‘Stage two [of the SQE] only assesses legal skills in two practice contexts. A candidate who can only prove that they are competent in drafting in two areas of law will always be second best to a candidate who has pursued a law degree or the LPC route.’

They added: ‘This will create a two-tiered system of those able to commit to longer, more expensive courses in contrast to those who cannot, who are most likely to be those currently under represented within the profession.’

Moore and McArthur both decided to pursue the LPC after trialling the ‘super-exam’.”

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Dr McAllister discusses Kevin Spacey accusations

Dr McAllister spoke with Metro about Anthony Rapp's recent accusations of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey, telling Metro, "I don’t see a prosecution as being possible, because of the operation of the statute of limitations." He pointed out that there could be a possible civil claim, but it would depend on when Rapp first discovered the psychological damage of the events. 

Jehovah’s Witnesses appear to bow to pressure of safeguarding inquiry

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have finally dropped their efforts to block an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse, but AO Advocates Senior Associate Thomas Beale explains to the Guardian why the Charity Commission’s decision to revoke an order compelling the production of documents by the religious organisation means we’re unlikely to see any real disclosure.

Thomas Beale and an AOA client featured a The Telegraph report on St John Ambulance’s handling of child abuse cases

Telegraph social affairs editor John Bingham speaks to Thomas Beale and one of his AOA clients as he reports for the newspaper on how senior figures within the St John Ambulance organisation sought to distance themselves from allegations of abuse of young volunteers in the 90s.

Kathleen Hallisey featured on BBC 4 'Sunday' segment on Jehovah's Witnesses

AO Advocates Senior Associate Kathleen Hallisey was featured as an expert commentator on BBC Radio 4 “Sunday”, discussing a coverup of child sexual abuse allegations within the Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation. The discussion starts at the 33:30 mark—the last chapter of the programme.

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