‘Steps of court’ settlement was not negligent, court rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘A barrister and firm of solicitors did not act negligently when they advised a client to settle her road traffic accident (RTA) claim after her main witness failed to attend court, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th February 2016

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Profession gets to work on Jackson’s vision of a contingent legal aid fund – Litigation Futures

‘The Bar Council, Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have already begun talks on forming a working party that will take forward Lord Justice Jackson’s call for a contingent legal aid fund (CLAF), it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th February 2016

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Judge complains of “too many swindlers” after wrongly questioning status of solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted February 8th, 2016 in appeals, bias, internet, judges, landlord & tenant, Law Society, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A judge who wrongly questioned the status of a solicitor after doing his own research on the Law Society’s website, has been criticised by the Court of Appeal.’

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Legal Futures, 5th February 2016

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Speech by Lord Justice Jackson – The Case for a CLAF – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Lord Justice Jackson gave the keynote speech at the Solicitors’ Costs Conference on 2 February 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 4th February 2016

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Babbage: Court orders release of Zimbabwean foreign criminal, criticises Government lawyers – Free Movement

Posted February 3rd, 2016 in deportation, detention, disclosure, drug offences, news, passports, solicitors, Zimbabwe by sally

‘In the case of R (on the application of Babbage) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 148 (Admin) Mr Justice Garnham ordered the release of a detained Zimbabwean foreign criminal. In the process, he was corruscating critical of the conduct of Government lawyers acting for the Secretary of State for the Home Department.’

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Free Movement, 3rd February 2016

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Law firm to back clients’ litigation after £50m deal with hedge fund – Legal Futures

Posted February 1st, 2016 in budgets, damages, fees, hedge funds, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Cardiff-based Capital Law has today launched a £50m fund – backed by a hedge fund – to help its clients pursue litigation, in a first for a law firm.’

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Legal Futures, 1st February 2016

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SDT fines Berezovsky solicitor over fee deal for Abramovich case – Legal Futures

Posted January 29th, 2016 in disciplinary procedures, fees, fines, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A solicitor involved in the 2011 litigation between Russian oligarchs Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich has been fined £50,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for entering into what was then an unlawful contingency fee agreement, under which he would have netted tens of millions of pounds had Mr Berezovsky succeeded.’

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Legal Futures, 29th January 2016

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High Court: Wrong to assume it is “more improbable” that professionals will be dishonest – Legal Futures

Posted January 26th, 2016 in negligence, news, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘It would be wrong to assume that it is “inherently more improbable” that a professional person will be dishonest than anyone else, the High Court has said.’

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Legal Futures, 26th January 2016

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Claimants and lawyers warned over damages repayment risk in RTA protocol cases – Litigation Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in damages, negligence, news, personal injuries, repayment, road traffic, solicitors by sally

‘A claimant who receives less at stage 3 of the RTA protocol than was offered at stage 2 has to reimburse the difference, a circuit judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st January 2016

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LSB to encourage comparison websites to enter the law and challenge regulators over practising fees – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is set to make encouraging comparison sites to enter the legal market one of its goals for the next year, along with telling regulators to be clearer about how they spend the profession’s money.’

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Legal Futures, 20th January 2016

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Almost half of asylum seekers unhappy with their lawyers, report finds – Legal Futures

Posted January 19th, 2016 in asylum, complaints, immigration, law firms, legal representation, news, reports, solicitors by sally

‘Almost half of asylum seekers are not satisfied with the service provided by their lawyers, a report for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 18th January 2016

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SDT anonymity ruling “breached principle of open justice”, High Court rules – Legal Futures

A decision by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) to grant retrospective anonymity to a solicitor who had only been found guilty of a technical rule breach flouted the principle of open justice, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 18th January 2016

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Lawyer takes charge of financial affairs of titled woman who was last patient to undergo ‘lunacy inquisition’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2016 in Court of Protection, mental health, news, powers of attorney, solicitors by sally

‘The woman, who is in her late 70s, underwent a frontal leucotomy in 1962 to cut nerve fibres in the brain.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2016

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Solicitors welcome investigation into cost and quality of UK legal services – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2016 in competition, inquiries, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘An investigation into “longstanding concerns about the affordability” and quality of legal services has been launched by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Maximising Fixed Costs – In the Protocol and out of it – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted January 12th, 2016 in barristers, civil procedure rules, costs, London, news, solicitors by sally

‘With costs for low value PI claims being stripped to bare bones and further cuts on the horizon, maximising fixed costs is essential. In this article, Jasmine Murphy asks the question: Have we all been missing a trick? The trick in this case is another eighth of the costs allowed in fixed costs cases.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 4th January 2016

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Nearly 300 British veterans face investigation over alleged Iraq war crimes – The Guardian

‘Nearly 300 British personnel who served in Iraq have been contacted by investigators looking into allegations of war crimes, with some of them facing interrogation on their doorsteps, officials have said.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2015

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Lewis and others v Ward Hadaway (a firm) – WLR Daily

Posted January 6th, 2016 in abuse of process, fees, law firms, law reports, limitations, negligence, solicitors by sally

Lewis and others v Ward Hadaway (a firm) [2015] EWHC 3503 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 551

‘In determining whether a party had properly brought a claim before the court so as to stop the clock for limitation purposes, the requirement that the form be accompanied by the “appropriate fee” was not satisfied in circumstances where the act of payment of the fee was in itself an abuse of process. In such circumstances, the claim had not properly been brought and time continued to run for limitation purposes.’

WLR Daily, 21st December 2015

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Lawyers face prospect of being struck off over Iraq abuse claims – Daily Telegraph

‘Leigh Day, Britain’s leading human rights law firm, is facing a disciplinary inquiry over the shredding of a document which could have halted a £31m inquiry into false allegations of murder and torture by British troops.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2016

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Legal Aid Agency delays “no longer” a good reason to miss deadlines, CA warns – Litigation Futures

Posted December 16th, 2015 in appeals, delay, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Solicitors who miss deadlines because they are waiting for a Legal Aid Agency funding decision can no longer rely on this alone as grounds to apply for an extension of time, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th December 2015

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Gavin Edmondson Ltd v Haven Insurance Co Ltd – WLR Daily

Gavin Edmondson Ltd v Haven Insurance Co Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1230; [2015] WLR (D) 496

‘A solicitors firm which had concluded conditional fee agreements with road traffic victims and had entered those details in accordance with the Pre-action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents on the website used by lawyers and insurers in such circumstances was entitled, when the claimants settled their personal injury claims directly with the defendants’ insurers, to recover the fixed costs and other sums payable under the Protocol scheme.’

WLR Daily, 2nd December 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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