Appeal judges refuse to order assessment of costs agreed by administrators – Litigation Futures

Posted May 26th, 2016 in administrators, appeals, costs, fees, insolvency, law firms, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has refused a request by the liquidators of a company for a detailed assessment of costs agreed by the firm’s administrators.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th May 2016

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City firm wins first contested application for use of predictive coding – Litigation Futures

Posted May 20th, 2016 in case management, disclosure, electronic filing, law firms, news by tracey

‘City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has won what it believes to be the first contested application to use predictive coding as part of a substantial document review exercise.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th May 2016

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Lawyers given lesson in how to show their soft side as they face robot competition – Daily Telegraph

‘Lawyers have been given a lesson in how to show their emotional side amid rising concerns about robot competition.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2016

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Almost half of solicitors in England and Wales are women, study shows – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2016 in costs, diversity, equality, law firms, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Almost half of all solicitors in England and Wales are women and almost a fifth are from non-white backgrounds, according to the latest figures.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2016

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CFA could be assigned after firm went bust, circuit judge rules – Litigation Futures

Posted May 12th, 2016 in agreements, fees, insolvency, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘An insolvent firm of solicitors could validly assign conditional fee agreements (CFAs) to another law firm, a circuit judge has ruled in a much-anticipated case that is expected to end up in the Court of Appeal.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th May 2016

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Lawyer-led ABSs are leading the way, says head of Jackson Canter as it doubles in size – Legal Futures

Posted May 12th, 2016 in alternative business structures, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘Lawyer-led alternative business structures are leaving their rivals behind, the head of north-west firm Jackson Canter has said.’

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Legal Futures, 12th May 2016

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High Court orders solicitors to cease acting for client – Litigation Futures

Posted May 10th, 2016 in conflict of interest, documents, law firms, news, privilege, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has ordered international law firm Dechert to cease acting for the principal creditor of a Russian businessman because it is also acting for his trustees in bankruptcy and has access to thousands of documents that are covered by legal professional privilege.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th May 2016

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Report: ABSs punch well above their weight – Legal Futures

‘Alternative business structures (ABS) make up just 4% of all solicitors’ firms but contributed 11% of the profession’s turnover, research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2016

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“Change in law needed” to open up Legal Ombudsman to clients of unregulated firms, says boss – Legal Futures

Posted April 26th, 2016 in complaints, consumer protection, law firms, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘Only a change in the law would allow the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) to cover complaints from consumers of unregulated law firms, the chair of the organisation’s governing body has said as he called on paralegals to campaign for access to the redress scheme.’

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Legal Futures, 26th April 2016

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Court of Appeal orders retrial over aggregation of claims against solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted April 19th, 2016 in appeals, insurance, law firms, news, retrials, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court ruling that had protected law firms from financial risk through restricting the way professional indemnity insurers could aggregate multiple claims.’

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Legal Futures, 14th April 2016

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London firm in the money after High Court upholds validity of contingency fee agreement – Litigation Futures

Posted April 15th, 2016 in compensation, fees, law firms, news by tracey

‘The High Court has upheld a contingency fee agreement under which a well-known London law firm received half of the compensation recovered – which amounted to over £400,000, eight times what it would have billed on an hourly basis.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th April 2016

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Court of Appeal orders retrial over aggregation of claims against solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted April 15th, 2016 in appeals, contracts, indemnities, insurance, law firms, news, retrials, third parties by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court ruling that had protected law firms from financial risk through restricting the way professional indemnity insurers could aggregate multiple claims.’

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Legal Futures, 14th April 2016

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The lawyer who takes the cases no one wants – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2016 in bills, deportation, detention, immigration, law firms, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘It has never been easy to win as an immigration lawyer – but now the government is trying to make it impossible.’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2016

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Global firm must pay £118k over negligent advice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 8th, 2016 in contracts, costs, damages, documents, employment, law firms, negligence, news, standards by tracey

‘A High Court judge has ordered global firm King & Wood Mallesons to pay damages over negligent advice it gave to a commodities business intelligence firm – although they were only 5% of the sum claimed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th April 2016

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Court lenient over seven-day delay in filing costs budget – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 7th, 2016 in appeals, budgets, costs, delay, law firms, news by sally

‘A firm which filed its costs budget seven days late due to a change in fee-earner has been granted relief from sanctions on appeal.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th April 2016

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Legal fees investigation reveals huge disparities between law firms – The Guardian

Posted April 5th, 2016 in fees, law firms, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘An investigation into lawyers’ fees has found major disparities between firms, with the cheapest charging £250 for conveyancing and the most expensive £3,200 for precisely the same freehold sale.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2016

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Settlement agreement over unpaid fees protects law firm against £70m negligence claim – Litigation Futures

Posted March 30th, 2016 in codes of practice, damages, fees, law firms, negligence, news, solicitors by sally

‘A settlement agreement provides a central London law firm with a “complete defence” against a £70m professional negligence claim brought on behalf of a Russian oil company, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th March 2016

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Land Registry can sue conveyancers for mortgage misrepresentations, High Court rules – Legal Futures

‘The Land Registry can sue a former law firm for negligent misrepresentation in not checking whether a mortgage discharge form was genuine, the High Court has decided.’

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Legal Futures, 29th March 2016

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Stevensdrake v Hunt and the indemnity principle – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in agreements, costs, fees, indemnities, law firms, news by sally

‘Having successfully obtained judgment for your client in a case where your firm of solicitors is acting under a conditional fee agreement (CFA), it is only natural that thoughts will turn to the firm’s own impending financial reward. But the terms of a CFA, negotiated at the outset of the case, can prove to be a barrier to their underlying commercial purpose: payment by result.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th March 2016

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Firm sees off £100k CoA claim after admitting negligence – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in appeals, damages, law firms, negligence, news, rectification by sally

‘A law firm that admitted negligence has fought off a £100,000 claim after the court decided no harm was caused by its mistake.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st March 2016

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