Tribunal rejects request for correspondence between solicitor and planning officers – Local Government Lawyer

‘The First-Tier Tribunal has ruled that a district council was entitled to refuse to disclose correspondence passing between one of its solicitors and various members of its planning department.’
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Local Government Lawyer, 30th June 2015

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Lawyers’ strike over legal aid cuts boosted by the backing of major firms – The Independent

‘The “strike” by lawyers which threatens to bring chaos to the criminal justice system next week has received a substantial boost after the country’s biggest legal aid firms pledged to support the action.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2015

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Lawyers to refuse criminal cases in protest against cuts in legal aid fees – The Guardian

‘Solicitors and barristers in Liverpool are threatening to refuse to handle any new criminal cases from 1 July, as lawyers across the country meet to coordinate protests against cuts in legal aid fees.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2015

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Bar Council joins forces with northern barristers to launch “go-to website” for direct access – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Council has joined forces with the two Preston-based barristers behind the Direct Access Portal (DAP) to relaunch it as the “go-to website” for consumers looking for a barrister.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd June 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Criminal solicitors berate bar retreat – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Solicitors accused the criminal bar of selling out to a government policy of ‘divide and rule’ as the Gazette went to press, after the bar ditched plans to take direct action over cuts to legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2015

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Referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” – Legal Futures

Posted June 18th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, crime, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors, third parties by sally

‘Removing the ban on referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” by solicitors, the Bar Council has warned, and result in “as much public opprobrium” as ambulance chasing.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2015

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Head of legal aid’s pay rise an ‘insult’ to solicitors after fees fall 17.5% in last year – The Guardian

Posted June 17th, 2015 in budgets, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘A pay rise of more than 10% for the head of the body that oversees legal aid has been described as an insult by solicitors whose fees have been slashed on his watch.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2015

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Appeal court surprised by solicitors’ partnership agreed “in the pub” – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2015 in appeals, contracts, law firms, news, partnerships, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision against one solicitor in favour of her former partner, after expressing surprise that the pair had no more than a verbal agreement made in the pub over a drink.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2015

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Doctor’s wife loses £3.2m home after ‘on-the-cheap divorce went wrong’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 11th, 2015 in benefits, divorce, housing, news, solicitors by sally

‘An attempt to settle a divorce cheaply backfired leaving Norma Wilson having to live a one-bed council flat.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th June 2015

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Miscarriages of justice will result from fresh cuts to legal aid budget, say solicitors – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2015 in budgets, legal aid, miscarriage of justice, news, solicitors by sally

‘Miscarriages of justice will result from fresh cuts to the legal aid budget announced on 10 June, solicitors are warning.’

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The Independent, 10th June 2015

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Good news on diversity in judicial appointments – unless you are a solicitor – Litigation Futures

‘Solicitors were the least successful group of people applying for judicial appointment over the last six months, and the situation is getting worse, the latest figures from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) have shown.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th June 2015

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Lawyers urged to play it cool with litigants in person – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors, barristers and legal executives have been told by their professional bodies to be polite and non-judgemental when dealing with litigants in person (LiPs), and take “extra care to avoid using inflammatory words or phrases”.’

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Legal Futures, 4th June 2015

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Solicitor jailed for role in £4.3m land-banking scam – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor has been jailed for five and a half years for his role in a £4.3m land-banking scam.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd June 2015

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Lawyer plundered more than £600,000 from elderly clients to pay for call girls – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in news, powers of attorney, sentencing, solicitors, theft by sally

‘The village solicitor raided the accounts of 13 clients aged between 67 and 100 and spent the money on ‘pens, pottery, pornography and prostitutes’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st June 2015

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High Court rejects challenge to closure of ABS from solicitor who “lost ethical compass” – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected a challenge to the closure of an alternative business structure by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). It was the first time an ABS closure decision has been tested in the High Court.’

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Legal Futures, 13th May 2015

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High Court refuses 100% success fee because trial had not started – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court has refused to allow a personal injury claimant a 100% success fee on the grounds that a trial had not started before the case was settled, even though a hearing had begun.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th May 2015

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Court of Appeal warns solicitors over standards of ‘commoditised’ services – Legal Futures

Posted April 29th, 2015 in appeals, compensation, miners, news, solicitors by sally

‘Economic pressures forcing solicitors to ‘commoditise’ their advice “throw into sharp focus the need for standard form letters of advice to be clear in their exposition”, the Court of Appeal warned yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 29th April 2015

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Birdseye and another v Roythorne & Co and others – WLR Daily

Birdseye and another v Roythorne & Co and others [2015] EWHC 1003 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 169

‘It remained the case that a person had to establish as a prima facie case that he was a beneficiary before there could be any question of the court requiring a trustee or executor to disclose documents which would be protected by privilege if the applicant were not a beneficiary.’

WLR Daily, 15th April 2015

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Fairness in the courts: the best we can do – Speech by Lord Neuberger

Fairness in the courts: the best we can do (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger

Supreme Court, 10th April 2015

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High Court judge urges commercial practitioners to cut out the insults – Litigation Futures

Posted April 17th, 2015 in barristers, costs, news, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘There is an “urgent need for commercial practitioners to bring a sense of proportion” to hard-fought litigation, a High Court judge said yesterday as he called on lawyers to bring down, rather than raise, the temperature of disputes.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th April 2015

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