The “extraordinary” tale of the lawyer who faked his client’s litigation – Legal Futures

Posted November 20th, 2014 in documents, fraud, news, setting aside, solicitors by tracey

‘The High Court has set aside an order made against a litigant after it emerged that his solicitor had duped him by conducting “fictitious” litigation that included faked judgments and telephone conferences involving the impersonation of his senior partner and of leading counsel.’

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Legal Futures, 20th November 2014

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SRA takes 550 days from first report to refer solicitors to disciplinary tribunal – Legal Futures

‘The time taken between serious misconduct being reported to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and a referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) is 550 days, the regulator has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 18th November 2014

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Litigation Funding And Third-Party Costs Orders: A Practical View From The Bar – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 17th, 2014 in costs, indemnities, news, solicitors, third parties by sally

‘In his monthly column, James Bickford Smith considers the effects and scope of the recent decision in Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone Inc and others (Rev 2) [2014] EWHC 3436 (Comm) to make litigation funders liable for third party costs orders.’

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Littleton Chambers, 11th November 2014

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Human rights guidance for lawyers – is it necessary? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 17th, 2014 in barristers, codes of practice, company law, human rights, news, solicitors by sally

‘On 23 October 2014, the International Bar Association (IBA) Business and Human Rights Working Group released draft guidance for bar associations and business lawyers on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the Guiding Principles).’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th November 2014

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Judge hits out at system that encourages solicitors to charge barristers referral fees – Legal Futures

‘Mr Justice Green, chairman of the Advocacy Training Council, has condemned the lack of a “level playing field” for publicly funded advocates, which is leading to the practice of “selling litigation rights”.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2014

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Regina (Kerman & Co LLP) v Legal Ombudsman – WLR Daily

Posted November 14th, 2014 in complaints, judicial review, jurisdiction, law reports, ombudsmen, solicitors by tracey

Regina (Kerman & Co LLP) v Legal OmbudsmanL: [2014] EWHC 3726 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 481

‘The reference to a “person” against whom a complaint had been made “ceasing to exist” in section 132(2) of the Legal Services Act 2007 and rule 2.10 of the Legal Ombudsman Scheme Rules 2013 made thereunder was a reference to the cessation of the firm or legal entity and/or, if different, the “authorised person” subject to the regulatory regime. It was not to be read as a narrow reference to an individual human being ceasing to exist.’

WLR Daily, 11th November 2014

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Judge hits out at system that encourages solicitors to charge barristers referral fees – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2014 in advocacy, barristers, fees, judges, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Mr Justice Green, chairman of the Advocacy Training Council, has condemned the lack of a “level playing field” for publicly funded advocates, which is leading to the practice of “selling litigation rights”.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2014

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Compensation Fund could pay the price after High Court buy-to-let ruling – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Compensation Fund could be hit by a new wave of property claims after a High Court ruling on two test cases relating to a buy-to-let scheme.’

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Legal Futures, 7th November 2014

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AIB Group (UK) Plc (Appellant) v Mark Redler & Co Solicitors (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Posted November 5th, 2014 in breach of trust, compensation, law reports, loans, mortgages, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

AIB Group (UK) Plc (Appellant) v Mark Redler & Co Solicitors (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 58 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 5th November 2014

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Phasing in new legislation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The major piece of criminal law legislation for 2014 is the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act. It has been brought gradually into force throughout the year.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd November 2014

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Service by the courts – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A recent case provides clarification and guidance on the issue of service by the courts in contravention of the claimant’s instructions.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th October 2014

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Will scrapping the CPD requirement reduce the quality of lawyers? – The Futures of Law

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has pledged to scrap its requirement for solicitors to complete 16 hours of continuing professional development (CPD), describing its existing system as little more than a “box ticking” exercise. The SRA believes revoking the current system will provide greater flexibility, but Nicholas Lakeland, partner and head of the employment and pensions team at Silverman Sherliker LLP, fears it may well lead to a real reduction in training.’

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The Future of Law, 22nd October 2014

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High Court demonstrates more merciful relief regime – Litigation Futures

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in negligence, news, sanctions, solicitors by sally

The High Court has given a clear demonstration of the more forgiving post-Denton environment by granting relief from sanctions where the defaulting party admitted it had no good reason for its failure.

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Litigation Futures, 22nd October 2014

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Public Access Work For The Young Bar – No. 5 Chambers

Posted October 15th, 2014 in advocacy, barristers, legal profession, news, solicitors by sally

‘“The Times They Are A-Changing” wrote Bob Dylan in 1963. Is public access (PA) a reinvention of the wheel or an opportunity for all lawyers? The work that barristers can now do is utterly different from a decade ago. The growth of McKenzie friends shows the legal landscape has been affected by financial constrictions and widening consumer choice. Solicitors have higher rights of audience and employed barristers can be advocates. Professionals from both sides wonder whether there is still a real difference. The answer currently is that there remain significant differences though the edges are becoming blurred. This article will not examine those differences or likely future of the professions. Instead it offers an insight to how barristers, especially young barristers willing to embrace change, can help their future while continuing to work with solicitors.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 2nd October 2014

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Pilot jailed for £30m mortgage fraud – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2014 in accountants, conspiracy, fraud, mortgages, news, sentencing, solicitors by sally

‘A former Virgin Atlantic pilot has been jailed for 14 years for committing a £30m mortgage fraud in Berkshire.’

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BBC News, 14th October 2014

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BSB probes contracts between chambers and solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted October 14th, 2014 in barristers, codes of practice, complaints, contracts, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is investigating the extent to which barristers have been accepting work from solicitors without entering into contracts, or accepting terms “contrary to their regulatory obligations”.’

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Legal Futures, 14th October 2014

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Virgin pilot jailed for £30 million mortgage fraud – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 14th, 2014 in accountants, conspiracy, corruption, fraud, gambling, news, solicitors by sally

‘A former Virgin Atlantic pilot who blew a fortune on the gaming tables of Las Vegas has been jailed for 14-years after being convicted of orchestrating an audacious £30 million mortgage fraud.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th October 2014

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Court lifts £1.6m freezing order against City solicitor – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 10th, 2014 in fiduciary duty, fraud, freezing injunctions, news, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has lifted a £1.6m freezing order against a solicitor after declaring that it was based ‘on the flimsiest foundations’.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th October 2014

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The costs of rectification – Law Society’s Gazette

‘This case continues to generate interesting discussion in the Supreme Court – this time on the issue of costs.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th October 2014

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High Court attacks “unreasonable and opportunistic” defendants in relief from sanctions ruling – Litigation Futures

Posted October 6th, 2014 in appeals, costs, delay, disciplinary procedures, documents, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has overturned a cost judge’s refusal to grant relief from sanctions that prevented claimant lawyers from recovering their success fees, and instead accused the defendants of “unreasonable and opportunistic” conduct.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th October 2014

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