Solicitor suspended over boiler-room scam – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A solicitor involved in a boiler-room scam to push financial products to clients has been suspended from practice for 18 months.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th July 2014

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Practitioner bodies berate ‘face-saving’ bar deal – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 8th, 2014 in barristers, fees, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The “backroom” deal agreed by the Ministry of Justice to end the VHCC fee dispute with barristers has been sharply criticised for excluding solicitors who are the “backbone” of the system.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th July 2014

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Project pits women’s success stories against “negative narrative of diversity debate” – Legal Futures

Posted June 30th, 2014 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal profession, news, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

‘A five-year project to celebrate the achievements of women lawyers has been launched, culminating at the centenary of the Act of Parliament which abolished the bar on their entry into the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 27th June 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 – 4 New Square

Posted June 26th, 2014 in consumer protection, contracts, news, regulations, solicitors by sally

‘With over a decade of fairly fundamental regulatory challenges brought about by the Access to
Justice Act 1999, s.58 Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (Conditional Fee legislation) and more
recently LASPO (Jackson and DBAs), not to mention the overhaul of the Solicitors Code of Conduct to
its present guise of the Handbook in October 2011, one would be forgiven for thinking that the
solicitors profession is already sufficiently regulated without yet more intricate legislation. However,
it seems not. It is now necessary for the profession to get to grips with this latest round of
regulation bestowed upon the profession by Brussels.’

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4 New Square, 11th June 2014

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Solicitors Regulation Authority names first non-lawyer chair – Legal Futures

‘Enid Rowlands, an existing member of the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), has been named as its first non-lawyer chair.’

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Legal Futures, 24th June 2014

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Lord Dyson to rule on whether cheque for court fees should have been put in Christmas post – Litigation Futures

Posted June 12th, 2014 in appeals, case management, courts, fees, news, sanctions, solicitors by sally

‘One of the three Mitchell cases to be heard by the Master of the Rolls next week centres on whether a solicitor should have put a cheque in the post shortly before Christmas to pay for the hearing fee.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th June 2014

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Coll v Floreat Merchant Banking Ltd and others (Eggesbo and others, Part 20 defendants) (Solicitors Regulatory Authority intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted June 11th, 2014 in committals, contempt of court, law reports, solicitors, undertakings by sally

Coll v Floreat Merchant Banking Ltd and others (Eggesbo and others, Part 20 defendants) (Solicitors Regulatory Authority intervening) [2014] EWHC 1741 (QB); [2014] WLR (D) 247

‘Whilst there was no specific test for granting permission to make an application for committal for breach of a solicitor’s undertaking, where there was no reasonable prospect of the applicant proving that the relevant solicitor had breached an undertaking, and there was no other good reason to allow the application to proceed, permission should not be granted.’

WLR Daily, 3rd June 2014

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“Virtually impossible” for solicitors to claim success fees in cases involving children – Litigation Futures

‘The Civil Procedure Rule Committee is to investigate claims that the Jackson reforms have made it “virtually impossible” for solicitors to claim success fees in cases involving children, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th June 2014

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Government accused of ‘stoking tensions’ against human rights lawyer pursuing British soldiers for alleged war crimes – The Independent

‘The Law Society has demanded action from the Home Secretary, Theresa May, over a string of violent threats dating back a decade against the human rights lawyer who brought cases against British soldiers over alleged brutality in Iraq and Afghanistan.’

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The Independent, 6th June 2014

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Civil liability and undertakings – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 6th, 2014 in indemnities, insurance, news, professional conduct, solicitors, undertakings by sally

‘Undertakings given by solicitors to third parties are strictly enforced. Generally speaking solicitors would expect their professional indemnity insurers to pick up the claim, but this is not always the case.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 21st May 2013

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Can you really divorce online for £37? – Daily Telegraph

‘Filing the papers can be cheap, but to ensure you get the outcome you want you will probably have to spend more.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 2014

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Council wins FOI battle over legal advice for whistle-blowing investigation – Local Government Lawyer

‘A council has won an appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal over its refusal to meet a freedom of information request for the disclosure of legal advice given to a consultant conducting an investigation on the authority’s behalf.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd June 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Professionals who do legal work for gangsters face prosecution under new offence – The Independent

‘Crooked accountants, lawyers and other professionals who profit from crime but are beyond the reach of the law will be targeted under measures to be announced in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.’

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The Independent, 3rd June 2014

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New crackdown on corrupt lawyers who help criminals – BBC News

‘Lawyers, couriers and accountants could be jailed if they turn a blind eye to criminal activity they profit from, under Home Office plans.’

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BBC News, 3rd June 2014

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Nuptial Agreements: Limiting the Family Lawyer’s Exposure to Negligence Claims – Family Law Week

Posted May 28th, 2014 in barristers, drafting, negligence, news, prenuptial agreements, solicitors by sally

‘The authors consider whether family lawyers are assuming unlimited liability when advising upon or drafting nuptial agreements and look at the practicalities of limiting that liability.’

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Family Law Week, 21st May 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Solicitor denied judicial appointment because of points on driving licence loses JR – Litigation Futures

‘A solicitor who was denied appointment at a district judge because he had seven points on his driving licence has failed in his challenge to the decision of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).’

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Litigation Futures, 27th May 2014

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No damages for the solicitor whose private information was misused by a prostitute whom he’d short changed – RPC Privacy Law

‘In an unusual privacy claim decided last week, the High Court dismissed the majority of a solicitor’s claims against a prostitute for misuse of private information, harassment, breach of confidence and breach of contract. The Court found for the Claimant in respect of one element of his privacy head of claim, it declined to award any damages but did grant him an injunction.’

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RPC Privacy Law, 21st May 2014

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Appeal court sets aside £186k professional negligence claim – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A Devon firm has won an appeal against a £186,000 damages award for professional negligence following a conveyancing row with a former client.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th May 2014

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The Jeffrey’s Review – a challenge to the Bar – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘On 7 May 2014 the report by Sir Bill Jeffrey on “Independent criminal advocacy in England and Wales”, the first of the triumvirate of reports into the state of the criminal justice system, was issued. It is a mixed bag. Many lawyers were hoping for more, specifically for ammunition in their battle with the MoJ, but that point is largely ducked. Whilst there is a lot that the (independent) bar can take comfort, and perhaps even pride in, make no mistake – however it is sugar-coated, this is not a homage to the Bar, or a plea to maintain the status quo.’


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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 9th May 2014

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City fraud cases on brink of collapse in growing row over legal aid cuts – The Guardian

‘The biggest City fraud cases since the crash of 2008 are close to collapsing because of the government’s cuts to legal aid. The refusal of barristers to work at the government’s new low rates has already led to Judge Anthony Leonard throwing out charges against five men accused of conning investors out of their savings by selling them land at grotesquely inflated prices.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2014

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