Bar’s entity regulation “better and cheaper”, claims solicitor – Legal Futures

‘Bar Standards Board (BSB) entity regulation is “significantly cheaper and simpler” for sole practitioners and better for clients, according to a solicitor whose start-up law firm is to be regulated by the BSB.’

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Legal Futures, 29th November 2016

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Exclusive: High Court lambasts BSB for “seriously mishandling” disciplinary case – Legal Futures

Posted November 28th, 2016 in barristers, case management, disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors, tribunals by tracey

‘The High Court has overturned a disciplinary finding against a barrister after finding that the Bar Standards Board “seriously mishandled” the case.’

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Legal Futures, 28th November 2016

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Cold calling, whiplash reform and IPT – Autumn Statement angers claimant lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted November 24th, 2016 in budgets, insurance, news, personal injuries, solicitors, taxation, telecommunications by tracey

‘Claimant personal injury lawyers have been left questioning why the government was prepared to announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement that it is to ban cold-calling in relation to pensions, but not to stop it in personal injury – and whether Chancellor Philip Hammond let slip that the whiplash reforms are already a done deal.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2016

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New-build ground rent scandal could spark legal battles – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in conveyancing, negligence, news, rent, solicitors by sally

‘With thousands of homebuyers caught out by rapidly rising rents, the solicitors they used may face claims of professional negligence.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2016

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High Court: Time to consider lowering burden of proof in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal – Legal Futures

‘It is time to consider lowering the burden of proof used by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) from the criminal to the civil standard, Sir Brian Leveson, the president of the Queen’s Bench Division has said.’

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Legal Futures, 11th November 2016

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CA upholds refusal to grant relief to solicitors who served witness statements late – Litigation Futures

Posted November 15th, 2016 in appeals, civil procedure rules, law firms, news, sanctions, solicitors, time limits, witnesses by tracey

‘Solicitors who served witness statements two months late cannot call any witnesses at trial after the Court of Appeal upheld the first instance judge’s decision to refuse relief from sanctions.’

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Litigation futures, 14th November 2016

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Solicitor who lost his practice cleared to sue CPS and police for malicious prosecution – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has given the green light to a solicitor to pursue claims against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and South Wales Police (SWP) for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2016

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Solicitor who forged bank statements and QC’s opinion struck off – Legal Futures

Posted November 7th, 2016 in disciplinary procedures, forgery, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor has been struck off after taking hundreds of thousands of pounds in client money and covering his tracks by forging a host of documents – from bank statements to building regulations certificates – and also falsifying leading counsel’s opinion.’

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Legal Futures, 7th November 2016

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Lawyer rebuked for gloating at ‘win’ over parents seeking special needs support – The Guardian

‘he lawyer who sent a series of tweets gloating at a tribunal victory over parents who were trying to get specialist support for an autistic child has been given an official rebuke by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2016

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Time to take competence seriously as new CPD regime kicks off – Legal Futures

Posted November 1st, 2016 in continuing professional development, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘Law firms are being encouraged to get their act together now and come to terms with the new continuing professional development (CPD) regime for solicitors, which comes into force today.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2016

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SQE will become part of law degrees and make LPC “redundant” – Legal Futures

Posted October 28th, 2016 in legal education, news, solicitors, universities by sally

‘Some universities will incorporate the first stage of the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) into their law degrees, the education and training director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 28th October 2016

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Supreme Court upholds clause excluding professional indemnity cover for commercial arrangements – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 27th, 2016 in appeals, contracts, insurance, law firms, legal services, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘Loans provided to the clients of a firm of solicitors by a third party funder were not ‘legal services’, and so were not covered by the terms of the firm’s professional indemnity (PI) policy, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2016

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High Court bids to minimise delay in bitter costs dispute between solicitors – Litigation Futures

Posted October 25th, 2016 in civil procedure rules, costs, delay, law firms, news, solicitors by michael

‘A High Court master has rejected an application from a Leicestershire solicitor for trial of a preliminary issue in a costs claim involving another law firm, citing the “high degree of personal animosity between the parties”.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th October 2016

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Solicitor accepts rebuke for involvement in £2m SDLT schemes – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor involved in conveyancing transactions that resulted in the non-payment of £2m in stamp duty land tax (SDLT) has accepted a rebuke from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 24th October 2016

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Jail again for fraudulent ex-solicitor who hijacked law firm’s identity – Legal Futures

Posted October 25th, 2016 in costs, fraud, identity fraud, law firms, news, recidivists, sentencing, solicitors by michael

‘An ex-solicitor has been found guilty and jailed for five years for five counts of fraud by false representation – his second spell in jail for fraud after he previously stole from his firm’s client account’

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Legal Future, 21st October 2016

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Cost benefit analysis – New Law Journal

Posted October 24th, 2016 in costs, news, privilege, solicitors, wasted costs orders by michael

‘Wasted costs orders can only be made against a representative, whereas non-party costs orders can be made against anyone, including a representative.’

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New Law Journal, 20th October 2016

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Solicitor banned for nine-fold overcharging of deceased clients – Law Society Gazette

Posted October 24th, 2016 in disciplinary procedures, forgery, news, solicitors by michael

‘A solicitor who misappropriated money from deceased clients’ estates over several years and created a ‘work of fiction’ to confuse investigators has been struck off.”

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Law Society Gazette, 24th October 2016

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Hundreds of UK lawyers register in Ireland in Brexit insurance move – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2016 in courts, EC law, Ireland, legal profession, news, rights of audience, solicitors by sally

‘More than 700 British solicitors have applied to register with the Law Society of Ireland this year as lawyers scramble to secure professional rights of audience in European courts.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2016

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New advocates lack “basic knowledge” of ethical rules, report finds – Legal Futures

‘Significant numbers of new advocates are “weaker than might be hoped on basic knowledge” of ethical rules, a major report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 5th October 2016

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Law Society and Bar Council condemn regulators for “attacks” on profession – Legal Futures

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in barristers, consumer protection, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Law Society has raised its opposition to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) plan to allow practising solicitors to operate from unregulated law firms to an unprecedented level, issuing a report that said there would be little or no economic benefit from the move.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd September 2016

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