Struck off and now disbarred: lawyer who defrauded the Law Society – Legal Futures

‘A former solicitor and non-practising barrister who was convicted of a string of offences – including assaulting two police officers and defrauding the Law Society of £23,000 while a member of its council – has been disbarred two months after she was struck off the roll of solicitors.’

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Legal Futures, 27th March 2015

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Solicitors fail to stop cuts in legal aid defence contracts – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2015 in appeals, Law Society, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Criminal solicitors have failed in their attempt to prevent the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, imposing deep cuts on the number of legal aid contracts for defence lawyers.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2015

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Paralegal hopes to be first solicitor admitted through ‘equivalent means’ route – Legal Futures

‘Paralegal Shaun Lawler has said he hopes to be the first solicitor admitted to the profession through the ‘equivalent means’ route rather a traditional training contract.’

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Legal Futures, 20th March 2015

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Coulson J slashes “entirely unreliable” costs budget from £9.5m to £4.3m – Litigation Futures

Posted March 9th, 2015 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, damages, news, proportionality, solicitors by tracey

‘The High Court has slashed a claimant company’s costs budget from £9.5m to £4.3m, describing it as “entirely unreliable” and “deliberately manipulated”.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th March 2015

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No duty on solicitors to check credit status of parties, High Court rules – Legal Futures

Posted March 5th, 2015 in consumer credit, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Solicitors are not under a general duty to check the credit status of parties in a commercial transaction unless instructed to, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 4th March 2015

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The judicial review of regulations on funding judicial review – NearlyLegal

‘The legal aid funding regulations for judicial reviews, in effect from April 2014, were the subject of this judicial review. To cut to the chase, the Lord Chancellor lost, but no remedy decided yet. (Disclaimer, I submitted a witness statement in support of the Claimants in this case, on the impact on homeless judicial reviews in particular. So you are warned of any possible partiality.)’

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NearlyLegal, 3rd March 2015

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Al-Sweady file exposes the smearing of British soldiers – Daily Telegraph

‘Evidence drawn up on David Cameron’s orders alleges that Public Interest Lawyers continued to pursue torture and murder claims for a year after realising that they may be “untrue”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2015

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SRA taken to task over perceived City bias – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in costs, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has rebuked the Solicitors Regulation Authority for giving the impression that it treats City lawyers more leniently than solicitors from smaller firms in prosecuting allegations of lack of integrity.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd February 2015

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Law firms need to rethink approach under ‘fundamentally dishonest’ rule, barristers warn – Litigation Futures

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in barristers, burden of proof, law firms, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘Claimant solicitors have been warned that they need to review their retainers and advise clients about the implications of the new ‘fundamentally dishonest’ rule being introduced shortly.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd February 2015

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Law chief marks Magna Carta with fierce attack on Cameron – The Independent

‘Britain’s chief criminal barrister will tear into David Cameron and past governments for treating public law “with contempt”, at a lavish £1,750-a-ticket government-backed conference tomorrow marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2015

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Lawyers using libel threats to “intimidate” clients who post negative reviews online – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers are increasingly using threats of libel action to intimidate clients into taking down negative reviews from comparison websites, it was claimed yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 20th February 2015

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Legal aid reforms: Solicitors lose duty contracts challenge – BBC News

Posted February 19th, 2015 in appeals, criminal justice, Law Society, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Solicitors have lost a legal challenge against government plans to cut by more than half the number of duty lawyers attending magistrates’ courts and police stations in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2015

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LSB to call on regulators to make law firms and chambers “accountable” over diversity – Legal Futures

Posted February 18th, 2015 in barristers, diversity, Legal Services Board, news, solicitors by sally

‘Regulators need to do more with the diversity data they now collect in order to drive improvements in recruitment and particularly progression and retention within the profession, the Legal Services Board (LSB) will shortly say.’

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Legal Futures, 18th February 2015

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In re Law Society – WLR Daily

Posted February 18th, 2015 in data protection, documents, human rights, law reports, Law Society, privacy, solicitors by sally

In re Law Society [2015] EWHC 166 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 60

‘The Law Society had power under paragraph 16 of Part II of Schedule 1 to the Solicitors Act 1974 to destroy old and redundant documents seized in connection with interventions.’

WLR Daily, 9th February 2015

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The view from the bench (III) – New Law Journal

Posted February 16th, 2015 in case management, judiciary, law firms, news, solicitors, witnesses by sally

‘Elizabeth Metliss considers the judicial view of law firms.’

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New Law Journal, 13th February 2015

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Regina v Ali (Nazakat) – WLR Daily

Posted February 11th, 2015 in appeals, illegality, immigration, marriage, news, solicitors by sally

Regina v Ali (Nazakat) [2015] EWCA Crim 43; [2015] WLR (D) 46

‘A solicitor who had been instrumental in finding brides for non-European Union clients and advising the clients to make false applications for certificates of approval, which he submitted to the to the UK Border Agency, had facilitated a breach of immigration law by his clients.’

WLR Daily, 3rd February 2015

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Intervention papers may be destroyed, court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 11th, 2015 in archives, documents, Law Society, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The Law Society can destroy 1.5 million files seized from Solicitors Regulation Authority interventions in solicitors’ practices, the High Court has ruled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th February 2014

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Conditional Fee Agreements – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 6th, 2015 in contracts, fees, insurance, news, solicitors by sally

‘On 27th January 2015, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the case of Cox v Woodlands Manor Care Home Ltd (unreported – approved judgment is awaited) bringing home the importance of CFAs being compliant with the Cancellation of Contracts etc. Regulations 2008 and dealing with the situation where there might be legal expenses insurance cover in the background and how this might affect any CFA entered into.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 5th February 2015

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Court of Appeal: Solicitors cannot recover costs if CFAs failed to comply with cancellation regulations – Litigation Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in appeals, care homes, contracts, costs, fees, news, notification, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘Appeal judges have ruled that solicitors cannot recover their costs where conditional fee agreements (CFAs) fail to comply with the cancellation of contracts regulations, with a potential impact on a significant number of cases.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd February 2015

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Solicitor’s retainer not frustrated because client loses capacity, appeal judges rule – Litigation Futures

Posted January 28th, 2015 in agency, appeals, fees, mental health, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A solicitor’s retainer is not rendered “impossible of performance” simply because a claimant loses mental capacity and cannot give instructions personally, the Court of Appeal ruled today.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th January 2015

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