High Court allows appeal by claimant after council bids to withdraw admissions of liability in failure to remove case – Local Government Lawyer

‘An unnamed South Wales local authority has been stopped by the High Court from withdrawing three admissions of lability made in a lengthy dispute over the care while a child of J, who is now aged 20 and seeks damages.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th September 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Solicitor and firm sanctioned over property work – Legal Futures

‘A law firm earned some £800,000 in fees on three failed property development schemes as well as ‘quick sale’ conveyancing where it acted for both sides, a tribunal has heard.’

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Legal Futures, 1st June 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Police watchdog to announce decision on Johnson-Arcuri inquiry – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson will find out on Thursday if he faces a criminal investigation into his relationship with an American businesswoman while he was mayor of London.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Re: ACC & Ors [2020] EWCOP 9 – 3PB

‘The case concerned the conflicts of interests that may arise where property and affairs
deputies employed by a law firm instruct that firm to carry out instructions for P, or to
conduct litigation on P’s behalf.’

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3PB, 10th March 2020

Source: www.3pb.co.uk

Court approval needed to start CoP litigation, says judge – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Deputies acting for incapacitated clients should seek permission from the court if they want to start litigation on their behalf, a judge has indicated.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th March 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Mostyn J. and ‘amicable’ divorces – St Ives Chambers

‘amicable (spelt with a little ‘a’) charged the parties £300 for helping with preparation of their divorce petition and application for decree nisi, and a further £300 for drafting a simple precedent-compliant cleanbreak order (which the parties had negotiated) together with accompanying Form A, D81, joint disclosure statement. Their letter forwarding the same to the court attracted the attention of the court and this application.’

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St Ives Chambers, February 2020

Source: www.stiveschambers.co.uk

High Court rejects judges’ complaints about online divorce service – Legal Futures

Posted January 21st, 2020 in conflict of interest, divorce, drafting, electronic filing, news by sally

‘A senior High Court judge has granted declarations making it clear that an online service has not broken conflict of interest rules or the Legal Services Act by helping divorcing couples draft their own documents and not use lawyers.’

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Solicitor fined for acting in conflict of interest – Legal Futures

Posted January 15th, 2020 in conflict of interest, costs, fines, news, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who acted where there was a real conflict of interest and paid out almost £6m from buyer clients before they had obtained any security in the flats they were hoping to buy, has been fined for misconduct.’

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Legal Futures, 14th January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Home Office faces legal battle over Prevent reviewer – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2019 in conflict of interest, government departments, human rights, news, terrorism by tracey

‘Human rights campaigners have threatened the Home Office with legal action over its appointment of Lord Carlile as the independent reviewer of its anti-radicalisation programme Prevent.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Solicitor’s “atrocious” conduct over child contact case condemned – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has struck off a solicitor whose conduct in a sensitive child contact case it described as “atrocious”.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judge recuses himself because of work with party’s solicitors – Litigation Futures

Posted March 15th, 2019 in conflict of interest, costs, judges, law firms, news, recusal by sally

‘A deputy High Court judge has recused himself from conducting a summary assessment of costs because of his work with the defendant law firm and the possibility he could end up later arguing the points he was deciding.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th March 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Black cab drivers lose High Court challenge against Uber’s London licence – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2019 in bias, conflict of interest, judges, licensing, London, news, taxis by tracey

‘Black cab drivers have lost a High Court challenge against Uber’s London operating licence, after senior judges rejected their claims of bias.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2019

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Chief magistrate’s alleged bias toward Uber raised in court – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2019 in bias, conflict of interest, judges, licensing, news, taxis by sally

‘The alleged bias of the chief magistrate, Emma Arbuthnot, in permitting Uber to operate in London has been raised in a courtroom challenge.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Former trustees of MA 1985 (formerly Muslim Aid) criticised after investigation finds serious mismanagement – Charity Commission

‘The Charity Commission has found serious mismanagement on the part of the former board of trustees of MA 1985 (formerly Muslim Aid), as set out in an inquiry report published today.’

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Charity Commission, 6th December 2018

source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission

Lady Hale gives the Michael Ryle Lecture at the House of Lords, London – Supreme Court

‘Should the Law Lords have left the House of Lords?’

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Supreme Court, 14th November 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Law firm sanctioned over conveyancing conflicts – Legal Futures

‘A law firm that also owns an estate agency and acted for seller, buyer and as the seller’s agent in 14 residential conveyancing transactions has been fined over the conflict of interest this generated.’

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Legal Futures, 5th November 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

SRA prosecutes solicitor for second time over same case – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is taking the unusual step of prosecuting a solicitor for the second time over the same issue.’

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Legal Futures, 19th October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judge in Uber’s London legal battle steps aside over husband’s links to firm – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2018 in conflict of interest, judges, licensing, news, recusal, taxis by sally

‘The judge at the heart of tech giant Uber’s legal battle to operate in London has stepped aside to avoid any perceived conflict of interest.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Court warning after solicitor called by own client to give evidence – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 14th, 2018 in conflict of interest, evidence, news, witnesses by sally

‘A High Court judge has made clear that clients should resist calling their own solicitor to give evidence, warning that to do so may give rise to a potential conflict of interest.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th August 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Divorce beauty parades: genuine market research or litigation manoeuvring? – Family Law

Posted June 19th, 2018 in conflict of interest, divorce, law firms, news, privilege, solicitors by sally

‘This article considers the decision in ZS v FS [2017] EWHC 2660 (Fam), in which a husband failed in his application to prevent his ex-wife’s solicitor from acting.’

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Family Law, 18th June 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk