Lawyers rush to reassure clients after Brexit shock – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The legal profession is today digesting the UK’s historic decision to vote to leave the European Union.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th June 2016

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Part 36 uplift for beating offer includes contractual interest, High Court rules – Litigation Futures

‘The 10% uplift claimants receive for beating their part 36 offer includes contractual interest on the sum won at trial, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th June 2016

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Supreme Court refuses to hear bid to reinstate dishonesty finding against solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in appeals, fraud, mortgages, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal against a decision that cleared two solicitors of “dishonest assistance in a breach of trust”, in this case a mortgage fraud.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd June 2016

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What to expect from the new criminal legal aid contracts – Legal Voice

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in advocacy, contracts, criminal justice, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Richard Miller explains what may be in store when the new criminal legal aid contracts come into force next year.’

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Legal Voice, 23rd June 2016

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Firm cleared of negligence over conveyancing advice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 20th, 2016 in conflict of interest, law firms, legal services, negligence, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A court has ruled a firm was not negligent in the advice it gave a couple who were dividing their shares in a property, after the judge said the firm did not need to advise them to seek separate advice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th June 2016

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Crazy little thing called proportionality causes hammer to fall on Queen guitarist’s costs – Litigation Futures

‘Lawyers should tell clients in cases where costs significantly exceed damages that the new test of proportionality means they will receive “no more than a contribution” to those costs if they are successful, a costs judge has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th June 2016

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Big rise in complaints by solicitors against solicitors as “litigation tactics become tougher” – Litigation Futures

‘Complaints about misconduct made against solicitors by solicitors, barristers and other professionals have increased by a third in the past five years, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th June 2016

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Court sanctions party that failed to paginate its bundles properly – Litigation Futures

Posted June 16th, 2016 in case management, costs, documents, law firms, news, sanctions, solicitors by tracey

‘A party’s failure to provide a properly paginated bundle to the High Court has led to the adjournment of key parts of its application for summary judgment and a costs order.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th June 2016

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ASA upholds complaint against “your solicitor rips you off” advert – Legal Futures

Posted June 15th, 2016 in advertising, complaints, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint over an advertisement from a website that claims to help clients recover a “huge amount” of their legal costs, which said that “on average, a solicitor overcharges you by 20%”.’

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Legal Futures, 15th June 2016

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Hillsborough: the key lessons for our justice system – Law Society’s Gazette

‘What can lawyers learn from the tortuous 27-year struggle for justice?

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th June 2016

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‘Reasonable’ costs bill halved under proportionality test – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The senior costs judge has slashed a claimant’s costs bill in a high-profile media case because of the proportionality tests brought in by the Jackson reforms – despite deeming it to be ‘reasonable and necessary’.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th June 2016

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New protocol for criminal defence on prosecution ‘failures’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A practitioner group is challenging what it claims to be ‘repeated’ failures by prosecutors to disclose information on time by issuing a step-by-step guide for criminal defence solicitors.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th June 2016

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A series of unfortunate events – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in holidays, insurance, interpretation, law firms, negligence, news, solicitors by sally

‘Judges occasionally lighten their judgments with literary references. The quotation from Alice in Wonderland “Words mean what I want them to mean” is a favourite in cases involving the interpretation of contracts, and Shakespeare appears fairly regularly.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 23rd May 2016

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Government admits defeat in bid to introduce fixed costs in clinical negligence on 1 October – Litigation Futures

‘The government has admitted that it will not be able to introduce fixed recoverable costs for clinical negligence cases on 1 October as planned.’

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Litigation Futures, 31st May 2016

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High Court rejects appeal from solicitor who “neither thought nor cared about” the rules – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected an appeal against striking off from a solicitor who “neither thought nor cared about” the rules governing his profession.’

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Legal Futures, 31st May 2016

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Government eyes stronger powers to discipline solicitors as part of insurance fraud crackdown – Legal Futures

Posted May 27th, 2016 in fraud, insurance, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The government yesterday accepted recommendations for stronger fining powers for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), a lower burden of proof before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), and the need to introduce further measures to discourage ‘late’ personal injury claims, in the next stage of its crackdown on fraudulent behaviour.’

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Legal Futures, 27th May 2016

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New judgment ‘kills’ unbundled legal services – Law Society’s Gazette

‘An appeal court ruling last week appears to have delivered a serious blow to solicitors seeking to offer ‘unbundled’ services without being held liable for matters beyond those in their client retainer.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th May 2016

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Chambers in “widespread non-compliance” with diversity rules, study finds – Legal Futures

‘Large numbers of barristers’ chambers are flouting an obligation to publish diversity data and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been “unsophisticated” in its implementation of Legal Services Board (LSB) diversity rules, an influential academic has charged.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd May 2016

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New drainage guidance for lawyers published – Legal Futures

‘New guidance is released today [24 May] for lawyers on drainage requirements for new build developments.’

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Legal Futures, 24th May 2016

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Confidential Communication With Lawyers Is A Human Right, Even For Prisoners – RightsInfo

‘Part of being in prison is that your rights and freedom are restricted. But prisoners do retain some rights – this was re-confirmed by the highest UK court 15 years ago today.’

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RightsInfo, 23rd May 2016

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