SRA: Law firms must be able to explain decisions made by AI – Legal Futures

Posted December 11th, 2018 in artificial intelligence, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘Law firms must be able to explain “automated decisions”, including those involving artificial intelligence (AI), the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 11th December 2018

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Time to be canny about cash flow – New Law Journal

Posted December 11th, 2018 in budgets, law firms, news by sally

‘Norman Kenvyn shares some tips on how to avoid stretched billing timescales.’

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New Law Journal, 19th November 2018

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Leading firm left with court fees budget after late service – Litigation Futures

Posted December 7th, 2018 in budgets, case management, costs, fees, indemnities, law firms, news, sanctions, service by tracey

‘A leading national law firm that served its budget late has failed in an application for relief from sanctions only made on the day of the case and costs management conference (CCMC).’

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Litigation Futures, 7th December 2018

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Legal Technology – the future of legal services – Legal Futures

‘One way of viewing the current legal services market is that the legal profession is locked in a race to the death with non-qualified providers, tempted by the lucrative chunk of legal work that is not reserved to qualified lawyers and which forms a big part of their income.’

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Legal Futures, 5th December 2018

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Boxing guru loses £922k costs fight with former lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 4th, 2018 in costs, fees, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Boxing promoter Frank Warren has failed to persuade the High Court to order a detailed assessment of around £922,000 in costs rendered by his former solicitors.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th December 2018

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Solicitors win on appeal over status of costs bills – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 28th, 2018 in appeals, costs, law firms, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed a challenge from a law firm whose former clients wanted a full assessment of more than £200,000 in billed costs. Lord Justice Newey overturned a High Court ruling which had held that a statute bill served by a law firm should contain details of disbursements.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th November 2018

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Barrister reprimanded for drunken behaviour at Bar Mess event – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, drunk and disorderly, fines, law firms, news by sally

‘A barrister has been reprimanded and fined for his drunken behaviour towards a pupil at an informal Bar Mess event.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2018

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Dissolved company’s files “still privileged”, says court – Legal Futures

Posted November 22nd, 2018 in company law, documents, enforcement, law firms, news, privilege by tracey

‘Legal professional privilege can protect the documents of a dissolved company from disclosure, the High Court has ruled in a case involving global firm Dentons.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2018

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Restraint order for man who accused solicitors of fraud – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has slapped an extended civil restraint order (ECRO) on a man who claimed the application was an attempt “to legitimise” a law firm’s attempt to defraud him.’

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Legal Futures, 19th November 2018

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Law firm pays £20,000 compensation for unfair dismissal – Legal Futures

Posted November 16th, 2018 in compensation, constructive dismissal, law firms, news, unfair dismissal by tracey

‘A law firm accounts clerk who faced false allegations of sexually harassing a fellow employee has accepted damages of £20,000 after winning his claim of unfair constructive dismissal.’

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Legal Futures, 16th November 2018

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High Court orders partner to sell his share of law firm – Legal Futures

Posted November 8th, 2018 in company directors, law firms, news, shareholders, unfairly prejudicial conduct by tracey

‘The High Court has ruled that a partner in a law firm who paid himself £16,500 after he had left the firm and was “effectively competing with it” breached his director’s duties.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2018

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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

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Legal technology: looking past the hype – New Law Journal

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in law firms, legal services, news by sally

‘​A changing role in changing times? Sophie Gould reports on how in-house lawyers are adopting & adapting advances in legal technology.’

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New Law Journal, 26th October 2018

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Firm terminated retainer “without notice or good reason” – Litigation Futures

Posted October 31st, 2018 in fees, indemnities, insurance, law firms, news, notification, winding up by sally

‘A law firm’s decision to terminate its retainer without notice to the client – because it was closing down – was unreasonable and it could not claim the fees due before then, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 31st October 2018

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SRA wins right to recover £800,000 costs from Blavo – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to try and recover the £800,000 it spent intervening in collapsed law firm Blavo & Co.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2018

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Law Society: Cyber-criminals targeting more small firms – Legal Futures

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in computer crime, fraud, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘Small law firms are increasingly being targeted by cyber-criminals, but very few attacks are actually succeeding, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd October 2018

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Heat rising over SRA plan for solicitors in unregulated firms – Legal Futures

Posted September 24th, 2018 in law firms, legal services, Legal Services Board, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has received unprecedented lobbying against the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) plans to allow solicitors to practise from unregulated businesses.’

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Legal Futures, 24th September 2018

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Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal over ‘dishonest’ costs claims – Litigation Futures

Posted September 20th, 2018 in appeals, costs, law firms, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has refused permission for a third appeal by a Leeds law firm against a ruling that it submitted ‘dishonest’ costs claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th September 2018

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Divorcing man told: You can’t pay your lawyers without paying your wife’s – Legal Futures

Posted September 18th, 2018 in costs, divorce, financial provision, law firms, news by sally

‘The husband in a divorce dispute cannot pay his lawyers a pound without paying a pound to his wife’s solicitors, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 18th September 2018

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Supreme Court to hear appeal from firm blamed for missed claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 13th, 2018 in appeals, burden of proof, law firms, negligence, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘A long-running dispute about the rights of a client to sue his former solicitors will come to the Supreme Court later this year. The court confirmed today that it will hear the appeal of defunct claimant firm Raleys Solicitors against the ruling of the Court of Appeal from May 2017.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th September 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk