A new book “How to Choose a Lawyer – and Win your Case” guides the layman on ways to deal with disputes.

The book is divided into two parts. The first offers advice on whether you really need a lawyer, how you should choose one and how you should make payment. This part of the book also tells you about the lawyer-client relationship, the lawyer&’s duty to a client and how you can sue your lawyer.

The second part deals with how you can win your case. Engagingly written (the book quotes from Hamlet to tell you whether or not you should file a case), and offering pithy suggestions on how to deal with a conflict, this book is likely to help the lay litigant as much as a more experienced one.

Written by Rajesh Talwar, who studied Negotiation at Harvard and Human Rights Law at Nottingham University, the book is priced at Rs 295 and published by Vision Books.

Seminar on tax

If you are befuddled by the excise and service tax provisions of this year&’s Budget, a series of seminars organised by GCM Worldwide might clear some of the confusion. The seminars will be held from 10 to 18 April in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore and will be conducted by PC Parikh. For details, write to [email protected]

Parsi women

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition by Parsi women marrying outside the community that challenges a ban on their entry into the Fire Temple or the Tower of Silence to participate in funeral ceremonies of parents and relatives. The petition filed by Goolrokh M Gupta and Shiraz Contractor Patodia challenges a judgement of the Gujarat High Court in 2012 that upheld the ban imposed by the Parsi Anjuman in Valsad, reports livelaw.in

CLAT extended

The last date for submission of applications for this year&’s CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) has been extended to 14 April, in what seems a consequence of an Allahabad High Court ruling that struck down the maximum age rule. Last week, the apex court had refused to entertain a petition challenging the High Court ruling.

Charles’ letters

The UK Supreme Court has cleared the decks for release of 27 letters written by Prince Charles to British ministers, apparently to lobby them for various causes. The action followed an application by the Guardian newspaper to obtain the letters under the country&’s Freedom of Information Act. While the government had stonewalled efforts by the newspaper, its application was upheld by a tribunal three years ago. The government then took the matter to the Supreme Court which ruled it had no power to veto the tribunal.

Human rights in war?

Britain has been asked to withdraw from the European convention on human rights during times of war says a Centre-right thinktank, Policy Exchange, according to the Guardian. The report argues troops cannot fight under the yoke of “judicial imperialism”.