Al Sweady inquiry Q&A: What happened on 14 May 2004? – The Independent

Posted December 18th, 2014 in aggravated vehicle taking, armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, law firms, murder, news by sally

‘Q: What happened on 14 May 2004?

A: The summer of 2004 saw a sharp spike in attacks on Coalition forces by the Mahdi Army militia in southern Iraq. British troops were ambushed at two locations either side of the “Danny Boy” vehicle checkpoint, near Al Amarah. Witnesses said the fighting was particularly fierce and had involved the use of bayonets by British troops for the first time since the Falklands War.’

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The Independent, 17th December 2014

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Al-Sweady Inquiry: Legal battles after fighting ends – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2014 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, law firms, murder, news, torture by sally

‘There’s anger, as much as relief and a sense of vindication, inside the Ministry of Defence and the Army at the end of this long public inquiry into allegations of murder and abuse by British soldiers in Iraq in 2004.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2014

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Solicitors From Hell founder wins surprise High Court victory – Legal Futures

Posted December 15th, 2014 in harassment, injunctions, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘He has been sued 18 times in relation to the website he founded, and lost each time, but now Rick Kordowski, the man behind SolicitorsFromHell.co.uk, has recorded an unexpected High Court win.’

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Legal Futures, 15th December 2014

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Litigation Trends Survey – Post Mitchell – New Law Journal

Posted December 11th, 2014 in costs, fees, law firms, news by sally

‘In the third NLJ / LSLA litigation trends survey, James Baxter reports on how firms and practitioners are seeking clarity post-Mitchell.’

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New Law Journal, 11th December 2014

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Litigation funding options: The importance of a comprehensive checklist – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 27th, 2014 in appeals, compensation, costs, law firms, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The judgment of Mr Justice Hickinbottom in Clarke v McDaniel & Co (15 October 2014, unreported) provided a salutary reminder to litigation solicitors of the need to ensure that in their initial discussion with a potential client they advise and explore with the client other sources of funding litigation.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th November 2014

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Assessing loss of a chance – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 27th, 2014 in appeals, employment tribunals, law firms, loss of chance, negligence, news by sally

‘In Chweidan v Mischon de Reya Solicitors [2014] EWHC 2685 (QB) Mrs Justice Simler considered the principles to be applied when assessing claims for loss of a chance and provided a helpful overview of a number of the leading authorities.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th November 2014

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Retiring law firm partners to be offered short cut to senior judiciary – Legal Futures

Posted November 14th, 2014 in diversity, judiciary, law firms, news by tracey

‘There is to be a drive to recruit retiring law firm partners to the senior judiciary in a bid to improve diversity, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 14th November 2014

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LeO can hold successor firms to account for inherited complaints, High Court rules – Legal Futures

Posted November 12th, 2014 in complaints, law firms, mergers, news by tracey

‘The High Court has ruled that a law firm cannot escape responsibility for handling complaints relating to a sole practice with which it merged.’

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Legal Futures, 12th November 2014

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High Court denies Lord Chancellor relief from sanctions in legal aid dispute – Litigation Futures

Posted November 11th, 2014 in law firms, legal aid, lord chancellor, news, sanctions by tracey

‘The High Court has denied the Lord Chancellor relief from sanctions in a case involving an attempt by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) to reclaim £160,000 plus interest from a former law firm 16 years after the final payments were made.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th November 2014

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Supreme Court backs law firm in breach of trust dispute – Legal Futures

Posted November 6th, 2014 in appeals, breach of trust, damages, law firms, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has backed a law firm’s arguments that, following a breach of trust, it should have to pay in damages only the amount which the lender involved would have lost if the breach had not occurred.’

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Legal Futures, 6th November 2014

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Finding your way – New Law Journal

Posted October 28th, 2014 in budgets, case management, disclosure, documents, law firms, news by sally

‘Jeffrey T Shapiro & James Morrey-Jones examine how law firms should budget for e-discovery post-Jackson.’

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New Law Journal, 27th October 2014

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Inducements ban extended to third parties – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 24th, 2014 in inducements, law firms, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The government has moved to strengthen the proposed ban on personal injury firms offering inducements for claims.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd October 2014

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Building your brand – New Law Journal

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in advertising, law firms, legal services, news by sally

‘Lena Ahad explains how to market legal services more effectively in a digital world.’

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New Law Journal, 23rd October 2014

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LSB attacks “arbitrary nature” of separate business rule – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has attacked the “arbitrary nature” of the separate business rule used by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), and said the list of what is permitted and what is not is “confusing”.’

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Legal Futures, 10th October 2014

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SRA fines firm £2,000 for £2.5m stamp duty avoidance schemes – Legal Futures

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in fines, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority, stamp duty, tax avoidance by tracey

‘Leading Surrey firm Mundays has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for using stamp duty land tax (SDLT) avoidance schemes which saved clients over £2.5m.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2014

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Law firm wins injunction against former client over online harassment – Legal Futures

Posted September 29th, 2014 in defamation, freedom of expression, harassment, injunctions, internet, law firms, news by tracey

‘A law firm has won an injunction against a former client who set up websites about the firm with its name in the URL, after the High Court deemed his actions to be harassment.’

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Legal Futures, 29th September 2014

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Statutory register of government lobbyists will preserve legal professional privilege – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 19th, 2014 in disclosure, law firms, lobbying, news, privilege by tracey

‘Law firms that lobby the government on behalf of clients will not need to disclose any information protected by legal professional privilege (LPP) when a new statutory register is up and running, the UK government has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th September 2014

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Fifth of law firms admit to substandard service – LegalFutures

Posted September 18th, 2014 in continuing professional development, law firms, news, reports, solicitors by tracey

‘A fifth of law firms admit to providing a substandard service at some point in the past year, with extra training for staff the common response, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) research has revealed.’

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LegalFutures, 18th September 2014

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Judiciary needs fast-track scheme to boost diversity, says top judge – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2014 in diversity, judges, judiciary, law firms, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘A career judiciary with fast-track promotion to higher courts may be required to overcome lack of diversity on the bench, the UK’s most senior judge has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2014

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The perils of skiing, reduced bonuses and missed deadlines – Commercial Disputes Blog

Posted August 28th, 2014 in appeals, law firms, negligence, news, time limits by sally

‘The High Court has recently revisited how loss of chance damages will be quantified in professional negligence claims.’

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Commercial Disputes Blog, 26th August 2014

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