Solicitors unite to oppose fee cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 24th, 2017 in budgets, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘The criminal defence community cannot absorb any more legal aid fee cuts, the Law Society and practitioner groups have told the government, which this week suggested that it will press ahead with controversial proposals.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th February 2017

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Costs judge issues strong proportionality warning over need to plan cases – Litigation Futures

‘A costs judge has emphasised the need for solicitors to plan their litigation so as to ensure that their costs are proportionate, after slashing a £72,000 bill for a low-value clinical negligence case by two-thirds.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd February 2017

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The Judgement of Others – How Should a Disciplinary Panel Deal with the Findings of Another Professional Disciplinary Tribunal’s Decision: Analysis and Comment on Peckitt v GDC [2016] EWHC 1803 (Admin) – Drystone Chambers

Posted February 21st, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, doctors, news, nurses, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘What happens if a registrant is registered with two or more professional bodies and is then disciplined by one and is later disciplined by his or her other professional body? I recently appeared for the NMC, in the case of NMC v Benyu, where this situation arose. Ms Benyu was both a practising solicitor and nurse. She was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for the mishandling of client funds. The client had mental health issues and originally was referred to her through her work as a nurse. Following the decision of the SDT, Ms Benyu was referred to the NMC.’

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Drystone Chambers, 30th January 2017

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New CPD rules: how to implement them in your practice – The Future of Law

‘What is the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) new mandatory regime on continuing professional development (CPD) for solicitors? Nicola Jones, co-founder and director of Athena Professional and a learning for performance consultant, takes a look at the new rules and provides guidance on how firms can implement them into their practices.’

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The Future of Law, 16th February 2017

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Law firm insurer fails in High Court bid to recover property fraud losses from solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted February 17th, 2017 in fraud, insurance, money laundering, news, solicitors by sally

‘A highly experienced solicitor who breached the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 in a property transaction that led to a £500,000 fraud did not act dishonestly, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 17th February 2017

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Cooperation With Counsel – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 14th, 2017 in barristers, case management, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘This blog is addressed to solicitors and indeed to those who instruct counsel, particularly in relation to the fast-track trials and other proceedings such as small claims and indeed interlocutory matters. I feel that this is a timely Note, because thanks to the minimal remuneration which is nowadays given to solicitors (let alone counsel), solicitors are placed in great difficulty in dealing with claims of this kind efficiently. But, just as it is true that some cases are won by good preparation, so it is also unhappily true that many good cases are lost by poor preparation.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 13th February 2017

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Brightside Group Ltd (formerly Brightside Group plc) and others v RSM UK Audit LLP and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 6th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, dismissal, news, solicitors by sally

Brightside Group Ltd (formerly Brightside Group plc) and others v RSM UK Audit LLP and another [2017] EWHC 6 (Comm)

‘The claimants issued a claim form on 26 April 2016, arguably just before the expiry of the relevant limitation periods. As a result of the claimants’ failure immediately to serve the claim form, the defendants’ solicitors gave notice under CPR r 7.7 requiring the claimants to serve or discontinue by Friday, 10 June. On that day, in compliance with CPR r 7.5(1), the claim form was left at the relevant place, namely the defendants’ solicitors, they having been authorised to accept service. The defendants applied for dismissal of the claim pursuant to r 7.7(3) on the ground that there had been neither service nor discontinuance by 10 June, since, by CPR r 6.14, the claim form was deemed to have been served on Tuesday, 14 June, namely the second business day after completion of the relevant step under rule 7.5(1).’

WLR Daily, February 2017

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Lawyer behind petition calling for cancelling Donald Trump’s UK state visit could be disciplined by CPS – The Independent

‘The lawyer who started a petition calling on the UK Government to cancel Donald Trump’s planned state visit could be disciplined by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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The Independent, 6th February 2017

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Law Society may intervene in landmark fraud case – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal will be tasked with offering landmark guidance on the liability of professionals where property is purchased through an ID fraud. The Gazette exclusively revealed last week that City firm Mishcon de Reya faced a £1m payout after its client Dreamvar was duped into buying a London property from a tenant posing as the owner.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th February 2017

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Iraq lawyer Phil Shiner struck off over misconduct – BBC News

‘A human rights lawyer who brought abuse claims against UK troops after the Iraq War has been struck off for misconduct.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2017

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Phil Shiner’s legal firm ‘made £1.6m with improper fee deal over Iraq troop abuse claims’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A disgraced human rights lawyer accused of hounding British troops earned his firm more than £1.6m from an improper deal carving up fees from pursuing abuse claims against British troops, a tribunal has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st February 2017

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Former judge and assistant jailed after stealing more than £700,000 – The Guardian

‘A former judge and his law firm assistant have been jailed for six years each after siphoning off almost £700,000 from clients to hide debts, pay for holidays in Barbados and bet on races at Cheltenham.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2017

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Publishing prices: SRA to start with divorce, wills, conveyancing and simple SME work – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is planning to require law firms to publish their fees for services such as divorce, wills or conveyancing, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 26th January 2017

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Law lecturers flay SQE plan for creating “inferior solicitors” – Legal Futures

Posted January 20th, 2017 in legal education, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The Bar will “truly be able to say that barristers are better educated in the law than solicitors” if the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) presses ahead with its reform of education, law lecturers have said in an excoriating response to the regulator’s consultation.’

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Legal Futures, 20th January 2017

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District judge conned wealthy clients to live luxurious lifestyle – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 20th, 2017 in client accounts, fraud, judges, news, solicitors by sally

‘A district judge conned wealthy clients to live a luxurious lifestyle and lied to his accountant who then killed himself when he realised he had been party to the crime.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2017

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SDT throws out surveillance allegations against News of the World solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted January 19th, 2017 in costs, disciplinary procedures, media, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has thrown out charges against a solicitor for Rupert Murdoch’s News International accused of unreasonably advising and commissioning surveillance of two high-profile lawyers bringing phone hacking cases.’

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Legal Futures, 19th January 2017

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Law Society warns solicitors may be damaged by Brexit – Legal Futures

Posted January 18th, 2017 in EC law, law firms, legal services, news, referendums, solicitors, treaties by sally

‘US law firms will have less incentive to employ UK-qualified lawyers as a way to access European markets and the UK solicitor title could become less desirable as a result of Brexit, the Law Society has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 16th January 2017

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Disciplinary round-up: fine for firm which failed to make client’s visa application and then lost his passport – Legal Futures

‘A north London law firm has been rebuked for misleading its client into thinking that it had made a visa application on his behalf.’

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Legal Futures, 13th January 2017

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Justice denied: the damning results of the latest report on the impact of legal aid cut – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Secretary of State for Justice, Liz Truss, recently announced that the government would soon confirm the time-table for the post legislative review of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). There has been growing pressure on ministers for some time to announce this (see “Back to the drawing board”, 166 NLJ 7698 13 May 2016, p 6). The Legal Action Group (LAG) hopes that the review will be used as an opportunity by the still relatively new team at the top of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to look at funding the provision of early advice in civil legal cases.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 11th January 2017

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Government forecast on impact of PI reforms “skewed against lawyers”, say economists – Legal Futures

‘The government’s own assessment of the impact of its planned personal injury reforms “makes the implicit assumption that solicitors, and the civil justice system as a whole, produce no benefits to society”, according to independent economists.’

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Legal Futures, 9th January 2017

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