SRA taken to task over perceived City bias – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in costs, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has rebuked the Solicitors Regulation Authority for giving the impression that it treats City lawyers more leniently than solicitors from smaller firms in prosecuting allegations of lack of integrity.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd February 2015

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Law firms need to rethink approach under ‘fundamentally dishonest’ rule, barristers warn – Litigation Futures

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in barristers, burden of proof, law firms, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘Claimant solicitors have been warned that they need to review their retainers and advise clients about the implications of the new ‘fundamentally dishonest’ rule being introduced shortly.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd February 2015

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Law chief marks Magna Carta with fierce attack on Cameron – The Independent

‘Britain’s chief criminal barrister will tear into David Cameron and past governments for treating public law “with contempt”, at a lavish £1,750-a-ticket government-backed conference tomorrow marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2015

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Lawyers using libel threats to “intimidate” clients who post negative reviews online – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers are increasingly using threats of libel action to intimidate clients into taking down negative reviews from comparison websites, it was claimed yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 20th February 2015

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Legal aid reforms: Solicitors lose duty contracts challenge – BBC News

Posted February 19th, 2015 in appeals, criminal justice, Law Society, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Solicitors have lost a legal challenge against government plans to cut by more than half the number of duty lawyers attending magistrates’ courts and police stations in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2015

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LSB to call on regulators to make law firms and chambers “accountable” over diversity – Legal Futures

Posted February 18th, 2015 in barristers, diversity, Legal Services Board, news, solicitors by sally

‘Regulators need to do more with the diversity data they now collect in order to drive improvements in recruitment and particularly progression and retention within the profession, the Legal Services Board (LSB) will shortly say.’

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Legal Futures, 18th February 2015

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In re Law Society – WLR Daily

Posted February 18th, 2015 in data protection, documents, human rights, law reports, Law Society, privacy, solicitors by sally

In re Law Society [2015] EWHC 166 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 60

‘The Law Society had power under paragraph 16 of Part II of Schedule 1 to the Solicitors Act 1974 to destroy old and redundant documents seized in connection with interventions.’

WLR Daily, 9th February 2015

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The view from the bench (III) – New Law Journal

Posted February 16th, 2015 in case management, judiciary, law firms, news, solicitors, witnesses by sally

‘Elizabeth Metliss considers the judicial view of law firms.’

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New Law Journal, 13th February 2015

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Regina v Ali (Nazakat) – WLR Daily

Posted February 11th, 2015 in appeals, illegality, immigration, marriage, news, solicitors by sally

Regina v Ali (Nazakat) [2015] EWCA Crim 43; [2015] WLR (D) 46

‘A solicitor who had been instrumental in finding brides for non-European Union clients and advising the clients to make false applications for certificates of approval, which he submitted to the to the UK Border Agency, had facilitated a breach of immigration law by his clients.’

WLR Daily, 3rd February 2015

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Intervention papers may be destroyed, court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 11th, 2015 in archives, documents, Law Society, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The Law Society can destroy 1.5 million files seized from Solicitors Regulation Authority interventions in solicitors’ practices, the High Court has ruled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th February 2014

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Conditional Fee Agreements – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 6th, 2015 in contracts, fees, insurance, news, solicitors by sally

‘On 27th January 2015, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the case of Cox v Woodlands Manor Care Home Ltd (unreported – approved judgment is awaited) bringing home the importance of CFAs being compliant with the Cancellation of Contracts etc. Regulations 2008 and dealing with the situation where there might be legal expenses insurance cover in the background and how this might affect any CFA entered into.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 5th February 2015

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Court of Appeal: Solicitors cannot recover costs if CFAs failed to comply with cancellation regulations – Litigation Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in appeals, care homes, contracts, costs, fees, news, notification, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘Appeal judges have ruled that solicitors cannot recover their costs where conditional fee agreements (CFAs) fail to comply with the cancellation of contracts regulations, with a potential impact on a significant number of cases.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd February 2015

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Solicitor’s retainer not frustrated because client loses capacity, appeal judges rule – Litigation Futures

Posted January 28th, 2015 in agency, appeals, fees, mental health, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A solicitor’s retainer is not rendered “impossible of performance” simply because a claimant loses mental capacity and cannot give instructions personally, the Court of Appeal ruled today.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th January 2015

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On-call solicitor plan adopted with ‘cavalier disregard for fairness’ – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2015 in criminal justice, law firms, legal representation, news, solicitors by sally

‘A theoretical business model adopted by the justice secretary to employ on-call solicitors was selected with “cavalier disregard” for fairness and real-world experience, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2015

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Law Society wins groundbreaking injunction against struck-off solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted January 16th, 2015 in disciplinary procedures, injunctions, Law Society, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Law Society has obtained a groundbreaking injunction that prevents a struck-off solicitor from holding himself out as a solicitor or being involved in a law firm without its approval.’

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Legal Futures, 16th January 2015

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Proportionality rule bites as High Court slashes costs claim by more than half – Litigation Futures

Posted January 16th, 2015 in barristers, fees, news, proportionality, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has more than halved a successful party’s costs on summary assessment on the basis of proportionality, with the fees charged by the partner running the case hit particularly hard.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th January 2015

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Sikh wins compensation over prison turban challenge – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2015 in compensation, news, prisons, religious discrimination, Sikhism, solicitors by sally

‘A Sikh solicitor has won undisclosed compensation after being barred from entering a prison to visit a client because he had pins in his turban.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2015

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Law Society of England and Wales v Shah – WLR Daily

Posted January 15th, 2015 in disciplinary procedures, injunctions, law reports, Law Society, solicitors by sally

Law Society of England and Wales v Shah [2014] EWHC 4382 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 5

‘The supervisory jurisdiction embodied in section 50 of the Solicitors Act 1974 could not be invoked by the Law Society in the case of a solicitor who may have pretended to be one, but who had not necessarily done so, who denied doing so, and had not been cross-examined on the issue. Section 41(4)(c) of the 1974 Act was wide enough to enable the court to grant an order against a struck off former solicitor, which could be framed so as to restrain him from committing criminal acts, namely that of acting as a solicitor when disqualified, or carrying on a reserved legal activity without entitlement to do so.’

WLR Daily, 12th January 2015

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MI6 forced to show how it may snoop on privileged lawyer-client exchanges – The Guardian

‘MI6 has been forced to reveal documents detailing how it may access legally privileged communications between solicitors and their clients, even if the lawyers are suing the government.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2015

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Chris Grayling spends £72,000 of taxpayers’ money to defend ‘unlawful’ prison book ban – The Independent

Posted January 12th, 2015 in budgets, fees, news, prisons, solicitors by sally

‘The Justice Secretary spent £72,000 of taxpayers’ money in an attempt to maintain his ban on inmates receiving books in prison from visitors.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2015

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