Stigma of dementia leading to rise in will disputes – Legal Futures

Posted December 17th, 2014 in elderly, mental health, news, solicitors, wills by sally

‘Expert will dispute lawyers have revealed that people hiding their dementia due to the stigma of mental illness is leading to a rise in the number of wills being disputed by friends and families and say that vulnerable people need more support to avoid being taken advantage of.’

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Legal Futures, 16th December 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Solicitors From Hell founder wins surprise High Court victory – Legal Futures

Posted December 15th, 2014 in harassment, injunctions, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘He has been sued 18 times in relation to the website he founded, and lost each time, but now Rick Kordowski, the man behind SolicitorsFromHell.co.uk, has recorded an unexpected High Court win.’

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Legal Futures, 15th December 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Declaration 2014: Legal Professional Privilege is vital to a fair trial – The Bar Council

‘Legal chiefs and academics today demanded new laws to stop police and security services from spying on meetings between lawyers and their clients.’

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The Bar Council, 9th December 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Representing Transgendered Clients – a guide for family lawyers – Family Law Week

‘Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright, barrister of 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings, offers a guide to the Gender Recognition Act 2004.’

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Family Law week, 11th December 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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New Bar leader: young barristers should take place of paid McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

Posted December 10th, 2014 in barristers, fees, McKenzie friends, news, solicitors by sally

‘Junior barristers should get themselves accredited for direct access work and act in cases where people are currently relying on paid McKenzie Friends, the incoming Bar Council chairman has said as he promised to promote direct access to the public.’

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Legal Futures, 10th December 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Ethnic minority lawyers nearly four times less likely to be appointed as judges – The Independent

‘Black and minority ethnic lawyers are nearly four times less likely to be appointed as judges than white candidates, according to the latest statistics from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), prompting calls for targets to be introduced.’

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The Independent, 7th December 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Lawyers and their Regulators: What Next? – Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

Lawyers and their Regulators: What Next? (PDF)

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

The Bar Council, 24th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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LSB approves BSB’s application to regulate entities – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is pleased to confirm that its application to the Legal Services Board (LSB) to become a regulator of entities – businesses authorised to carry out and provide reserved legal activities – has been approved.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd December 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Legal aid contracts for on-call criminal solicitors to be slashed by two-thirds – The Guardian

‘On-call, duty contracts for criminal solicitors to attend police stations and courts will be slashed from 1,600 to 527 in England and Wales, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Equitable Compensation – The Supreme Court Reviews the Position – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 27th, 2014 in appeals, compensation, mortgages, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court recently gave judgment in the case of AIB Group (UK) Plc v Mark Redler & Co Solicitors [2014] UKSC 58. The decision provides an important treatment of equitable compensation within the wider scheme of remedial rules.’

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Littleton Chambers, 26th November 2014

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Rule out notion of costly, one-size-fits-all super-regulator, says Bar Council Chairman – The Bar Council

‘Constantly changing the regulatory regime for legal services is costly and lawyers need time to let the current regime bed in, the Bar Council chairman has said in a speech to regulators and prominent members of the legal sector.’

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The Bar Council, 25th November 2014

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A spectacularly Misleading Case – nested in a real one – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Hamblen J observed that “the facts…are so extraordinary that they could have come from one of A.P. Herbert’s “Misleading Cases”. Yes indeed. A solicitor decided to make up three years of litigation, writing some fake judgments, pretending to instruct barristers, and churning out fictitious correspondence.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th November 2014

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Law Society withdraws guidance on sharia wills – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2014 in islamic law, Law Society, news, solicitors, wills by sally

‘The Law Society has withdrawn guidance on how to prepare sharia-compliant wills following criticism from solicitors and the justice secretary, Chris Grayling. Recorded debates about the procedures have also been removed from the society’s website.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2014

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The consequences of non payment of Court fees and the failure to file trial bundles – A recent case considered – Zenith PI Blog

Posted November 24th, 2014 in case management, delay, fees, news, solicitors, striking out by sally

‘Despite solicitors for three claimants failing to pay the relevant court fees, failing to file a pre-trial checklist, and failing to prepare a trial bundle (which caused the trial window to be lost) it was nonetheless inappropriate to strike out the claim- the case was all but ready for trial and the claim was not insubstantial.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 21st November 2014

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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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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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

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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