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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Marley v Rawlings (No 2) – WLR Daily

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in appeals, costs, fees, law reports, mistake, rectification, solicitors, Supreme Court, wills by tracey

Marley v Rawlings (No 2); [2014] UKSC 51; [2014] WLR (D) 402

‘Where a mistake made by a solicitor in the execution of a will required its validity to be determined in litigation, funded in the High Court and the Court of Appeal on a traditional basis and in the Supreme Court under contingency fee agreements, the proper order for costs in the High Court and the Court of Appeal was that the solicitor’s insurers should pay the costs of both the successful claimant and the unsuccessful defendants, thereby short-circuiting the approach that, on a reasonable, but unsuccessful, challenge to the validity of a will, the costs should be borne by the estate.’

WLR Daily, 18th September 2014

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Court of Appeal rejects call by solicitor to quash dismissal of his claim against council – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a solicitor’s call for an Employment Tribunal ruling – in which his claim against a local authority for race and disability discrimination was rejected – to be thrown out as not properly made, it has emerged.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th September 2014

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Top town hall lawyer who praised Hitler keeps his job – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 30th, 2014 in employment tribunals, local government, news, race discrimination, solicitors by tracey

‘A top town hall lawyer is to keep his job despite praising Hitler, winning the nickname “Piggy Eyes” because of the way he ogled women, and making up “inappropriate” nicknames for staff.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th September 2014

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Open Consultation – Transforming legal aid: crime duty contracts – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 29th, 2014 in consultations, contracts, Law Society, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, solicitors by tracey

‘A consultation on reports undertaken by Otterburn Legal Consulting and KPMG in relation to the proposed duty work contracts for criminal legal aid services.’

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Ministry of Justice, 24th September

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Legal Aid Challenge Success, Assisted Suicide and the Future of UK Human Rights – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, the Conservative Party will unveil its plans for human rights reform in the UK. In other news, Chris Grayling’s decision to drastically reduce the number of legal aid contacts granted is successfully challenged, while a prosecution for assisted suicide keeps the assisted dying debate alive.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th September 2014

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Jail for solicitor who kept on practising after being struck off – Legal Futures

Posted September 25th, 2014 in disqualification, guilty pleas, imprisonment, news, sentencing, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor has been jailed for practising despite being struck off nearly two years ago in what is thought to be the first time a court has imposed an immediate custodial sentence for such an offence.’

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Legal Futures, 25th September 2014

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You’ve got a law degree, but will you make a good lawyer? – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2014 in legal education, news, solicitors by sally

‘It’s not just the academic side of studying law that’s important – you need to build the skills employers value.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2014

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Supreme Court forces barristers to waive success fees – Litigation Futures

Posted September 22nd, 2014 in appeals, barristers, costs, fees, news, solicitors, Supreme Court, wills by sally

‘The president of the Supreme Court has taken the “fairly remarkable” course of forcing two barristers into dropping their claims to success fees in a case which he said again highlighted the “many unsatisfactory aspects” of the pre-Jackson CFA regime.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th September 2014

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High Court slaps down legal aid reform – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The lord chancellor acted ‘unlawfully’ in the way he consulted on controversial plans to shake up criminal legal aid, the High Court ruled today [19 September].’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th September 2014

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Insurer to bear costs of mirror wills mix-up – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 19th, 2014 in appeals, costs, insurance, mistake, news, rectification, solicitors, Supreme Court, wills by tracey

‘The Supreme Court today ordered a solicitor’s insurer to pay the bulk of both parties’ costs over a wills dispute arising when a married couple each signed the wrong draft of a will.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th September 2014

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