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

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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

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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

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Barrister who lied about LLM and death penalty experience to gain pupillage disbarred – Legal Futures

‘A barrister has been disbarred for lying about her qualifications and experience, including a claim that she had saved 10 men from the death penalty in Malawi.’

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Legal Futures, 1st March 2018

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High Court grants injunction to stop former in-house solicitor acting against ex-employer – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has granted an injunction restraining a former in-house solicitor from acting in proceedings against her former employer, saying that even if she was aware of the danger of disclosing confidential information, she might still subconsciously use it.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2017

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Expert’s evidence was extraordinary and “shot through with breath taking arrogance” – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted October 11th, 2017 in conflict of interest, disclosure, evidence, expert witnesses, judges, news, trials by tracey

‘For those of who have a weekly blog to populate with content, the court’s summer recess can prove to be a challenging time. It leads us to cast our net further afield looking for ideas and cases to highlight. That is why, this week, I’m looking at two cases from August, one a personal injury claim from the County Court in Leeds, the other an intellectual property dispute from the Chancery Division. What both have in common are some choice words about the parties’ expert evidence. I know Jonathan has looked at this topic twice in recent months but, as I said, we’ve had the summer recess and these comments are just too bloggable to be ignored!’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 10th October 2017

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Tribunal urges SRA to reconsider advice on solicitors entering sexual relationships with clients – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) should reconsider the advice it gives to solicitors who enter into sexual relationships with clients, a tribunal has said as it fined one £8,500 for the conflict of interest such a relationship caused.’

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Legal Futures, 4th September 2017

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Grenfell Tower: Government dismisses conflict of interest concerns over chair of independent buildings review – The Independent

‘There is no “conflict of interest” over a former role held by the woman leading a probe into building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell disaster, the Government has said.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2017

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Regulator secures record £250k fine against global firm White & Case – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has approved a fine of £250,000 on international firm White & Case for failures over conflict of interest and client confidentiality. The penalty is the biggest ever issued against a single firm at the tribunal and followed an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th July 2017

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Expert Evidence, Independence and Objectivity: Exp v Barker [2017] EWCA Civ 63 – Zenith PI Blog

‘In EXP v Barker, the trial judge and Court of Appeal were faced with an unusual situation. An expert witness – although undoubtedly skilled and experienced in his field – had omitted to mention a close personal connection to the party instructing him.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 13th February 2017

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Supreme Court’s most senior judge urged to stand down from Article 50 legal hearing over wife’s anti-Brexit Twitter posts – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 21st, 2016 in brexit, conflict of interest, EC law, judges, news, recusal, referendums, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘The Supreme Court’s most senior judge has been urged to stand down from a crucial legal hearing on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union after it emerged his wife had posted a series of anti-Brexit tweets.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2016

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Standards watchdog urges regulators to manage ‘revolving door’ properly – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in codes of practice, confidentiality, conflict of interest, news, standards by sally

‘Fewer than a third of regulatory bodies have policies to deal with ‘revolving door’ issues where staff move between the organisation and the entities or profession it regulates, a report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st September 2016

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Keith Vaz to be investigated by Commons sleaze watchdogs after male escort scandal – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 16th, 2016 in conflict of interest, homosexuality, news, parliament, prostitution, select committees by tracey

‘An investigation into disgraced Labour MP Keith Vaz has been launched by Commons sleaze watchdogs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2016

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What does the Sunday Mirror allege Keith Vaz did – and is it illegal? – The Guardian

‘Is it against the law to buy sex or to offer to pay for cocaine? And are poppers legal?’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2016

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Conflicts of interest – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In the recent decision of W Ltd v M SDN BHD [2016] EWHC 422, Knowles J considered a challenge by the claimant of an arbitral award on the grounds of ‘serious irregularity’ under section 68(2) of the Arbitration Act 1996. That section provides that ‘serious irregularity’ means an irregularity ‘which the court considers has caused or will cause substantial injustice to the applicant’. The claimant alleged apparent bias on behalf of the sole arbitrator, H, based on alleged conflict of interest.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th 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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Neuberger warns of conflict risks posed by ABSs and conditional fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 17th, 2016 in alternative business structures, conflict of interest, fees, news by tracey

‘Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger has warned that alternative business structures and conditional fee agreements are two ‘concerning’ developments which could pose a threat to lawyers’ ethical duties.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th June 2016

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High Court orders solicitors to cease acting for client – Litigation Futures

Posted May 10th, 2016 in conflict of interest, documents, law firms, news, privilege, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has ordered international law firm Dechert to cease acting for the principal creditor of a Russian businessman because it is also acting for his trustees in bankruptcy and has access to thousands of documents that are covered by legal professional privilege.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th May 2016

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PI claims more combative in England & Wales than elsewhere, says research – Litigation Futures

Posted March 9th, 2016 in conflict of interest, legal profession, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The personal injury claims process in England and Wales is combative and often involves inflated opening offers on the claimant side, while claimant lawyers suspect defendants engage in similar tactics such as raising defences they know lack merit, according to academic research.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th March 2016

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Outsourcing and use of litigation assistants – Bar Council

‘Purpose: To assist barristers regarding the rules and their ethical obligations relating to outsourcing and the use of litigation assistants.’

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Bar Council, 17 February 2016

Source: http://www.barcouncil.org.uk