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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Jackson takes hard line on firm’s late court document – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 17th, 2016 in appeals, default judgments, delay, documents, judges, law firms, news by tracey

‘Lord Justice Jackson has upheld a £211,000 claim won by default after the defendant missed their final chance to submit a court document.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th March 2016

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LSB: Regulators need to get tough with lawyers over poor complaints handling – Legal Futures

Posted March 3rd, 2016 in complaints, consultations, law firms, Legal Services Board, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is set to instruct the frontline regulators like the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board to get tough with lawyers who do not handle client complaints properly.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd March 2016

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Curbs on ‘shameless’ armed forces claims within weeks – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Measures to curb legal claims against members of the armed forces are likely to be introduced this month.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd March 2016

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Law firm in new legal threat over UK air pollution – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2016 in climate change, law firms, news, pollution by sally

‘The UK government has been warned to drastically reduce air pollution or face renewed legal action.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2016

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High Court awards Lord Chancellor £1m in battle with legal aid firm – Legal Futures

Posted February 19th, 2016 in accounts, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘The Lord Chancellor has been awarded almost £1m by the High Court in its battle with a legal aid firm over payments on account (POAs).’

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Legal Futures, 19th February 2016

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Is becoming a lawyer still about ‘who you know’? – Legal Week

Posted February 18th, 2016 in law firms, legal education, legal profession, news by sally

‘Law student Jasmine Robinson discusses her experience of how the legal profession is taking steps to shake off its elitist reputation.’

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Legal Week, 18th February 2016

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City law firms charging up to £1,100 an hour – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2016 in competition, costs, fees, law firms, news by tracey

‘Partners at top City law firms are charging clients more than £1,000 an hour, according to a Conservative thinktank which condemns fee rises for restricting access to justice.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2016

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