Bar’s entity regulation “better and cheaper”, claims solicitor – Legal Futures

‘Bar Standards Board (BSB) entity regulation is “significantly cheaper and simpler” for sole practitioners and better for clients, according to a solicitor whose start-up law firm is to be regulated by the BSB.’

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Legal Futures, 29th November 2016

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Costs ordered against party that ignored efforts to discuss expert evidence – Litigation Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in costs, expert witnesses, law firms, news by tracey

‘Defendants who failed to engage in discussions about expert evidence, leading to the claimants having to go back to court, have been ordered to pay the costs of the hearing.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd November 2016

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Litigants to pay £15k costs after ignoring letters from other side – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in costs, expert witnesses, law firms, news by sally

‘The High Court has ordered litigants who ignored correspondence from the other side to pay for the resulting costs. Chief Master Marsh, sitting in the Chancery Division, said it was ‘unacceptable’ for defendants in a patent case to simply ignore letters and proceed without proper engagement.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th November 2016

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Court of Appeal upholds injunction stopping Dechert from acting for two parties to case – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld an injunction that international law firm Dechert has 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, 21st November 2016

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CA upholds refusal to grant relief to solicitors who served witness statements late – Litigation Futures

Posted November 15th, 2016 in appeals, civil procedure rules, law firms, news, sanctions, solicitors, time limits, witnesses by tracey

‘Solicitors who served witness statements two months late cannot call any witnesses at trial after the Court of Appeal upheld the first instance judge’s decision to refuse relief from sanctions.’

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Litigation futures, 14th November 2016

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Government confirms civil and criminal tax investigations following ‘Panama Papers’ leaks – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 10th, 2016 in law firms, news, tax evasion by sally

‘A special taskforce set up following the ‘Panama Papers’ leaks has opened civil and criminal investigations into suspected tax fraud or financial wrongdoing by more than 30 individuals and companies, the government has announced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th November 2016

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Promises about one’s principal: breach of warranty of authority and the case of P&P Property Ltd v Owen White & Catlin LLP – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2016 in fraud, law firms, negligence, news, warranties by sally

‘If a solicitor executes a contract to sell “1 The Mall” that identifies the seller as “Mr Bloggs of 1 The Mall” (Mr Bloggs being the registered proprietor of that property), does the solicitor thereby promise to the buyer:

1. that she has authority to sell the property from the actual Mr Bloggs, the true owner of 1 The Mall? Or
2. that her client was someone who told her he was Mr Bloggs and that he owned 1 The Mall?’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 4th November 2016

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Time to take competence seriously as new CPD regime kicks off – Legal Futures

Posted November 1st, 2016 in continuing professional development, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘Law firms are being encouraged to get their act together now and come to terms with the new continuing professional development (CPD) regime for solicitors, which comes into force today.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2016

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Supreme Court upholds clause excluding professional indemnity cover for commercial arrangements – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 27th, 2016 in appeals, contracts, insurance, law firms, legal services, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘Loans provided to the clients of a firm of solicitors by a third party funder were not ‘legal services’, and so were not covered by the terms of the firm’s professional indemnity (PI) policy, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2016

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High Court bids to minimise delay in bitter costs dispute between solicitors – Litigation Futures

Posted October 25th, 2016 in civil procedure rules, costs, delay, law firms, news, solicitors by michael

‘A High Court master has rejected an application from a Leicestershire solicitor for trial of a preliminary issue in a costs claim involving another law firm, citing the “high degree of personal animosity between the parties”.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th October 2016

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Jail again for fraudulent ex-solicitor who hijacked law firm’s identity – Legal Futures

Posted October 25th, 2016 in costs, fraud, identity fraud, law firms, news, recidivists, sentencing, solicitors by michael

‘An ex-solicitor has been found guilty and jailed for five years for five counts of fraud by false representation – his second spell in jail for fraud after he previously stole from his firm’s client account’

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Legal Future, 21st October 2016

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Top law firm accused of ‘taking the p—‘ after telling lawyers to charge clients for time spent on toilet – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 10th, 2016 in fees, law firms, news by sally

‘Lawyers at a top international firm were told to charge clients even when they were taking toilet breaks – because they would still be thinking about work.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th October 2016

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Lawyers need to prepare for “customer service revolution” – Legal Futures

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in competition, law firms, legal profession, news, reports by sally

‘A regulatory agenda that is looking to help consumers shop around for legal advice means that many law firms are running out of time to get to grips with customer service, a report being launched at today’s PI Futures conference has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd September 2016

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PI cold-calling ban will stay in place, says SRA, as Law Society steps up attack on Handbook rewrite – Legal Futures

‘Fears that the rewritten SRA Handbook might not continue the ban on law firms cold-calling potential personal injury clients have been allayed by the regulator.’

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Legal Futures, 20th September 2016

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Iraq abuse claims ‘often very poor’ says former DPP – Daily Telegraph

‘Alleged Iraq abuse claims brought against British troops by a leading human rights law firm have often been made up of poor, inaccurate information, a review by a former director of public prosecutions has said. Sir David Calvert-Smith said investigators tasked with wading through hundreds of alleged abuse claims had found key details such as names, dates and times were often wrong.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2016

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Lawyers aghast at SRA plans to lift cold-calling ban – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Personal injury lawyers have warned that Solicitors Regulation Authority plans to remove a ban on cold calling will only encourage the shadier elements of the profession.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th September 2016

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War & peace: the importance of applying the rule of law to the military – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 12th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, law firms, news, war by sally

‘The news last month that Public Interest Lawyers, the firm which brought a host of discredited cases alleging abuse by British serviceman in Iraq, is to be wound up has been met with applause by the press and service community. These claims culminated in the Al Sweady Inquiry which considered allegations of war crimes and abuse by British troops in Iraq in 2004. The allegations were found to be “baseless” and claims of torture and murder were “wholly without foundation” and “entirely the product of deliberate lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility” from some Iraqi witnesses. It has prompted calls for the suspension of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) on the “battlefield” and a general attack on lawyers meddling or challenging affairs involving “war”. That reaction is understandable; however, it would be an enormous mistake to conclude that the law only interferes with the military doing its job.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 7th September 2016

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Lord Chancellor expresses delight at action taken against “ambulance chasing” law firm – Legal Futures

Posted September 7th, 2016 in human rights, law firms, legal education, lord chancellor, news, parliament by sally

‘The new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice used her first appearance in the House of Commons to label Birmingham law firm Public Interest Lawyers as “ambulance chasers”.’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2016

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Claimant slapped with costs order after erroneous CFA letter – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 1st, 2016 in costs, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘The County Court has refused costs protection to a claimant after his solicitors had wrongly told the defendants that a funding agreement was in place.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st August 2016

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Defending public interest lawyers – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘After months of rumours that staff were leaving the firm and that its founder Phil Shiner was buckling under of the pressure, Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) has announced its closure.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th August 2016

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