Sir Brian Leveson admonishes immigration solicitors – Free Movements

‘The latest in the increasingly long line of cases in which the judiciary has administered public dressings down for immigration lawyers is R (On the Application Of Akram & Anor) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 1359 (Admin). The cases are often referred to as Hamid cases, after the first such case, Hamid [2012] EWCA 3070 (Admin).’
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Free Movement, 2nd September 2015

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Funding Problems on the Horizon for family lawyers (and their clients) – Family Law Week

Posted August 27th, 2015 in costs, divorce, financial provision, law firms, matrimonial home, news, solicitors by sally

‘Stuart Clark, Associate Solicitor with The International Family Law Group LLP considers the implications of increased use of s.37 MCA 1973 in setting aside payments on account of costs in financial remedies cases.’

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Family Law Week, 20th August 2015

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“Fundamentally decent” partner broke rules to keep firm afloat while waiting for legal aid payments – Legal Futures

Posted August 26th, 2015 in client accounts, disciplinary procedures, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘A former president of Bolton Law Society, described by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) as a “fundamentally decent man”, made 61 improper transfers from client account and used a personal credit card to keep his firm afloat.’

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Legal Futures, 26th August 2015

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O’Brien v Shorrock and another – WLR Daily

O’Brien v Shorrock and another [2015] EWHC 1630 (QB); [2015] WLR (D) 366

The obligation under paragraph 19.4 of the CPR Practice Direction 44, since amended, was to inform the other party, by the notice of funding, of the date when a conditional fee agreement with retrospective effect was made rather than the earlier date when it came into effect.

WLR Daily, 12th June 2015

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This judgment could shake up how personal injury solicitors operate – The Guardian

‘A claim brought on behalf of two children hurt in an accident has thrown doubt on the use of success fees, and on the unintended consequences of scrapping legal aid in such cases.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2015

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Former lawyers convicted of providing illegal immigration advice – Legal Futures

‘A former solicitor and barrister have both been convicted and sentenced by magistrates for the providing unregulated immigration advice and services.’
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Legal Futures, 20th August 2015

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Judge dismisses LIP’s bid to get solicitor jailed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 19th, 2015 in children, families, litigants in person, news, social services, solicitors by sally

‘A litigant in person has failed with an attempt to have a solicitor acting for his ex-partner sent to prison.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th August 2015

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Good news for law firms as High Court rejects insurer’s bid to cap liability for multiple claims – Legal Futures

Posted August 17th, 2015 in indemnities, insurance, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘Solicitors’ professional indemnity insurers cannot aggregate multiple related claims when the terms of the transactions are not conditional or dependent upon each other, the High Court has decided in a ruling said to protect law firms from financial risk.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2015

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CPS goes on hiring spree to deal with complex cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 13th, 2015 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, sexual offences, solicitors by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has begun a major recruitment drive to deal with an “exceptional” growth in complex cases.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th August 2015

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‘Panicked’ assistant solicitor fabricated counsel’s advice and expert reports – Legal Futures

An assistant solicitor has admitted to having “fabricated” advice from counsel, two expert reports and a series of letters on a medical negligence case because she felt “completely panicked and couldn’t see a way out”.
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Legal Futures, 11th August 2015

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Williams v Law Society of England and Wales – WLR Daily

Williams v Law Society of England and Wales [2015] EWHC 2302 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 360

‘Where an intervention took place into a solicitor’s practice and a resolution was made under paragraph 6 of Schedule 1 to the Solicitors Act 1974 for the vesting of moneys in connection with the solicitors current or former practice, it was moneys connected with that solicitor’s activities as a solicitor which vested in the Society.’

WLR Daily, 30th July 2015

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Appeal judges limit professional privilege where lives are at risk – Legal Futures

Posted August 11th, 2015 in appeals, mental health, news, nurses, privilege, restraint, solicitors by sally

‘Legal professional privilege can be qualified in the “rare circumstances” where it is necessary to impose a requirement that other people are present at discussions between lawyers and clients, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2015

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Car crash not to blame for lack of training contract, judge tells litigant-in-person – Legal Futures

‘A judge has told a litigant-in-person that a road traffic accident (RTA) she was involved in was not to blame for her failure to secure a training contract.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2015

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Solicitor ducks regulatory burden by becoming McKenzie Friend – Legal Futures

Posted August 6th, 2015 in bankruptcy, legal representation, McKenzie friends, news, solicitors by sally

A solicitor who became a professional McKenzie Friend after 20 years in practise, has hit out at the burden imposed on high street practitioners, which he said cost him almost £2m and pushed him into personal bankruptcy.
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Legal Futures, 6th August 2015

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Two-partner firm succeeds in striking out £8m professional negligence claim – Legal Futures

‘A two-partner central London law firm has succeeded in striking out a professional negligence claim for over £8m.’
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Legal Futures, 3rd August 2015

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Three in four lawyers burnt out – The Lawyer

Posted July 31st, 2015 in barristers, health, legal profession, mental health, news, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Nearly three in every four lawyers are suffering from burnout or worried about the condition, a survey of 1,000 lawyers has revealed.’
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The Lawyer, 31st July 2015

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Chinnock v Veale Wasbrough – are we any closer to clarity on s14A? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, law firms, limitations, negligence, news, solicitors, time limits by sally

‘On the silver anniversary of the Limitation Act 1980 (“the Act”) and as we approach the emerald anniversary of the coming into force of section 14A of that Act, the recent case of Chinnock v Veale Wasbrough [2015] EWCA Civ 2014 shows that the interpretation of this complicated section remains far from straightforward.’
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Hardwicke Chambers, 15th June 2015

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The perils of commoditised advice: Procter v Raleys Solicitors – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, compensation, negligence, news, solicitors by sally

‘On 28 April 2015 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Procter v Raleys Solicitors. The case is an important reminder to solicitors engaged in bulk litigation of the risks posed by “commoditising” their services.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 15th June 2015

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Chambers offers legal advice through ‘video surgeries’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 20th, 2015 in barristers, costs, internet, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Direct access barristers at a virtual chambers are offering advice through “video surgeries” in a bid to become the first port of call for legal services.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 201th July 2015

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Criminal Bar Association votes to take industrial action – BBC News

Posted July 16th, 2015 in barristers, industrial action, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted for industrial action to support solicitors taking action over government cuts to legal aid.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2015

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