Slow off the blocks? BSB regulates fewer firms than expected as ABS launch date slips further – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB), which predicted at one point last year that it would authorise 400 firms in 2015, has approved only 32 in its first four months as an entity regulator, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 4th August 2015

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Two-partner firm succeeds in striking out £8m professional negligence claim – Legal Futures

‘A two-partner central London law firm has succeeded in striking out a professional negligence claim for over £8m.’
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Legal Futures, 3rd August 2015

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Students to be recruited from second year as graduate recruitment code is transformed – The Lawyer

‘Law firms will be able to recruit future trainees from their second year at university due to a change in the graduate recruitment code.’

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The Lawyer, 29th July 2015

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Chinnock v Veale Wasbrough – are we any closer to clarity on s14A? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, law firms, limitations, negligence, news, solicitors, time limits by sally

‘On the silver anniversary of the Limitation Act 1980 (“the Act”) and as we approach the emerald anniversary of the coming into force of section 14A of that Act, the recent case of Chinnock v Veale Wasbrough [2015] EWCA Civ 2014 shows that the interpretation of this complicated section remains far from straightforward.’
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Hardwicke Chambers, 15th June 2015

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Law firm loses FoI bid to learn names of complainants – Legal Futures

‘A law firm which demanded the details of people who had contacted the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to allege misconduct has been firmly rebuffed by the Law Society’s freedom of information commissioner.’

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Legal Futures, 27th July 2015

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Firm ‘lacked high standards of conduct’ in client transfer bid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 17th, 2015 in law firms, legal aid, legal representation, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘The lord chief justice has lambasted the largest legal aid firm in the country for a failed application to transfer a representation order for a convicted drug supplier.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th July 2015

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Time for law firms to go back to school, says BPP chief – Legal Futures

Posted July 14th, 2015 in law firms, legal education, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Legal apprenticeships “are going to be massive” and law firms will have to respond by recruiting A-Level students straight from school, the dean of BPP Law School has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 14th July 2015

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The innovation game – Legal Futures

Posted July 9th, 2015 in alternative business structures, law firms, legal services, news by sally

‘Innovation is a word much bandied around in the law – on this website more than most – without always a crystal clear idea of what it means.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2015

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Legal aid work refused by law firms in cutbacks protest – BBC News

Posted July 1st, 2015 in fees, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘A number of criminal law firms have refused to take work funded by legal aid in protest against government cuts.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2015

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Lawyers’ strike over legal aid cuts boosted by the backing of major firms – The Independent

‘The “strike” by lawyers which threatens to bring chaos to the criminal justice system next week has received a substantial boost after the country’s biggest legal aid firms pledged to support the action.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2015

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Appeal court surprised by solicitors’ partnership agreed “in the pub” – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2015 in appeals, contracts, law firms, news, partnerships, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision against one solicitor in favour of her former partner, after expressing surprise that the pair had no more than a verbal agreement made in the pub over a drink.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2015

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Decision to switch from legal aid to CFA on eve of LASPO ruled reasonable – Litigation Futures

Posted May 28th, 2015 in fees, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘A claimant who switched from legal aid funding to a conditional fee agreement (CFA) on the eve of the introduction of the Jackson reforms acted reasonably, a costs judge has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th May 2015

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Men-only divorce law firm for fathers feeling let down by family courts to open in London – The Independent

Posted May 18th, 2015 in children, divorce, law firms, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘Men-only divorce law firms look set to be the latest import from America as Britain’s first practice targeting fathers who feel hard done by in the family courts sets up in London.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2015

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Wasted costs ordered against solicitor and counsel and case struck out – Free Movement

Posted May 15th, 2015 in barristers, costs, judicial review, law firms, news, striking out, tribunals by tracey

‘In the case of R (on the application of SN) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (striking out – principles) IJR [2015] UKUT 227(IAC) the President of the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber not only strikes out the applicant’s judicial review claim but also goes on to make a wasted costs order against both the solicitors and counsel involved in the case.’

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Free Movement, 14th May 2015

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Jackson: Lawyers must say “bluntly” if claim has no prospect of success – Litigation Futures

Posted May 11th, 2015 in law firms, limitations, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has dismissed a negligence claim against Veale Wasbrough, now national firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards, and the barrister it instructed to advise on a personal injury case.’
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Litigation Futures, 11th May 2015

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High Court: No relief from sanctions for “serial offenders” – Litigation Futures

Posted May 1st, 2015 in civil procedure rules, disclosure, law firms, news, time limits by tracey

‘A High Court judge has upheld a decision refusing relief from sanctions because the solicitors involved were “serial offenders” in breaking the rules during the case.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th April 2015

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Law firms exploiting EU ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling to help individuals remove awkward newspaper articles from Google – The Independent

Posted April 20th, 2015 in EC law, freedom of information, internet, law firms, media, news, public interest by sally

‘Ambulance-chasing law firms are using the European Court’s ruling on the “right to be forgotten” to drum up business, leading to a rise in the number of newspaper articles being deleted from Google search results.’

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The Independent, 17th April 2015

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Unnecessary ABS approval rules to be scrapped in latest regulation bonfire – Legal Futures

‘The rule which requires the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to approve the individuals who own companies that in turn own alternative business structures (ABSs) is set to be scrapped, it announced yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 17th April 2015

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SRA warns firms against misleading marketing as inducements ban kicks in – Legal Futures

Posted April 14th, 2015 in advertising, inducements, law firms, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned personal injury firms against misleading marketing as the government’s ban on the use of inducements came into force yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 14th April 2015

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Government accepts case to exempt lawyers from ‘groundless threats’ laws – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers who act on instructions in threatening potential intellectual property infringers with action are to be exempt from being sued when the threat turns out to be groundless, after the government recently gave the go-ahead for law reforms.’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2015

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