Law Society and Bar Council condemn regulators for “attacks” on profession – Legal Futures

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in barristers, consumer protection, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Law Society has raised its opposition to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) plan to allow practising solicitors to operate from unregulated law firms to an unprecedented level, issuing a report that said there would be little or no economic benefit from the move.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd September 2016

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Research exposes £60k gender pay gap – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 21st, 2016 in gender, news, remuneration, solicitors by tracey

‘Men are earning on average nearly 20% more than women, latest Law Society research suggests, despite the gender pay gap falling to its narrowest since 2008. A survey of private practice solicitors’ salaries shows that male salaried partners at the top end of the earnings bracket make as much as £60,000 more than women in the same category.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st 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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Litigation aftermath of failed partnership returns to High Court – Litigation Futures

Posted September 12th, 2016 in news, partnerships, solicitors by sally

‘The latest skirmish in a long-running row between two solicitors whose partnership dissolved in acrimony, has seen the High Court rule that the failure of one to mention to his creditors that he had been struck off was a “material irregularity”.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th September 2016

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Solicitors slam The Archers for creating ‘unrealistic’ expections of British legal system – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2016 in barristers, BBC, domestic violence, legal profession, media, news, solicitors, trials by sally

‘Leading solicitors have complained they are being sidelined by The Archers’ trial plot which has given those accused of crimes unrealistic expectations from barristers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th 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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Insurance fraudster who tried to blame his solicitor jailed for eight months – Litigation Futures

Posted August 26th, 2016 in contempt of court, fraud, insurance, news, personal injuries, sentencing, solicitors by sally

‘A man who brought a fraudulent personal injury claim, and then tried to blame his solicitor for bringing the action without his knowledge, has been jailed for eight months for contempt of court.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th August 2016

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The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind small – Nearly Legal

Posted August 26th, 2016 in costs, disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors by sally

‘Or how to end up with a personal liability for £100,000 within 5 years of qualification as a solicitor.’

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Nearly Legal, 26th August 2016

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Costs judge gives another CFA assignment the thumbs-up – Litigation Futures

Posted August 24th, 2016 in assignment, contracts, costs, fees, news, part 36 offers, solicitors by sally

‘The assignment of conditional fee agreements (CFAs) is under the spotlight yet again after a costs judge ruled that one had been validly made.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd August 2016

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Court of Protection judge criticises firm for ‘brutal and insensitive’ comments – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A north-west firm is considering appealing a Court of Protection ruling in which it was removed as a financial deputy in a case concerning deprivation of liberty and care arrangements.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th August 2016

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Care case judge fury at solicitor after pensioner patient left unable to see beloved pet – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in care homes, dogs, elderly, judges, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor appointed to represent an elderly stroke victim has been thrown off the case by a judge furious that he failed to take steps to let the woman see her beloved pet dog.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st August 2016

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Tax avoidance sanctions proposals “threaten rule of law” – Legal Futures

‘Government proposals to clamp down on tax avoidance by targeting advisers with sanctions if HMRC successfully challenges a scheme further blur the line between evasion and avoidance, and “threaten the rule of law”, according to a prominent tax lawyer.’

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Legal Futures, 18th August 2016

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Offline conveyancers could face stamp duty penalties – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Solicitors could face penalties for not filing stamp duty returns online, under proposed government reforms to the conveyancing process.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th August 2016

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Iraq War: Public Interest Lawyers closes down – BBC News

‘The law firm Public Interest Lawyers, which submitted multiple allegations of misconduct by British troops during the Iraq War, is to close.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2016

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Hundreds of compensation claims against British soldiers could be abandoned after controversial law firm announces closure – Daily Telegraph

‘Hundreds of compensation claims against British soldiers are likely to be abandoned after a controversial law firm accused of “hounding” troops announced that it is closing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th August 2016

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Nothing inherently riskier about ABS, says super regulator – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Restrictions on alternative business structure can be lifted now they have shown to be no greater risk than traditional law firms, the Legal Services Board has said.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th August 2016

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Brexit prompts public & businesses to seek legal advice from barristers – The Bar Council

Posted August 10th, 2016 in barristers, EC law, internet, press releases, referendums, solicitors, statistics by tracey

‘New figures from the Bar Council’s Direct Access Portal , the free to use “find a barrister” website, show that the public and businesses are turning to barristers to help them with a wide range of legal issues.’

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The Bar Council, 5th August 2016

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