Solicitors under fire for failing to act in best interests of seriously injured clients – Litigation Futures

Posted November 16th, 2017 in case management, law firms, news, personal injuries, solicitors, victims by tracey

‘Personal injury lawyers are often failing to act in the best interests of seriously injured clients, according to a law firm’s online poll. The survey by Nockolds Solicitors found that a large majority (81%) of rehabilitation case managers had experienced a situation where a claimant solicitor had “clearly not acted in the best interests of the client”.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th November 2017

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SDT issues unprecedented rebuke of SRA over Locke Lord case comments – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2017 in fines, law firms, media, news, privacy, Solicitors Regulation Authority, tribunals by tracey

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has made unprecedented public criticism of the Solicitors Regulation Authority over how it presented last week’s decision to fine US law firm Locke Lord a record £500,000.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2017

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City firm fined record £500k over solicitor’s links with investment schemes – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 9th, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, fines, law firms, news, professional conduct, solicitors by tracey

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal today confirmed its largest-ever fine levied against a law firm in England and Wales.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th November 2017

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Policeman jailed for selling crash data to claims firm – which were sold on to law firms – Legal Futures

‘Two married constables working for Lancashire Police were sentenced last month for stealing police data about car crashes and selling it to claims firms for £363,000.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2017

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Serious Fraud Office zeros in on large-scale fraud as prosecutions for other offences fall – The Independent

‘As the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) increasingly focuses on large-scale frauds, the overall number of fraud prosecutions in the UK is falling, new figures show.’

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The Independent, 5th November 2017

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Technology will put one in five legal jobs at risk, Law Society predicts – Legal Futures

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in artificial intelligence, law firms, legal services, news by tracey

‘Legal jobs are already being lost to technology, with the figure climbing to tens of thousands over the next two decades as automation and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) take hold, according to the Law Society.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd November 2017

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High Court dismisses seven-year legal aid contract fight – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in delay, law firms, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The High Court has dismissed a law firm’s challenge to a government legal aid contract decision – seven years after judicial review proceedings began. Mr Justice Coulson hoped the “sorry saga’ would be regarded as an example of how not to conduct a public procurement challenge.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st November 2017

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‘Tax gap’ due to ‘legal interpretation’ jumps 9% to £6bn – OUT-LAW.com

‘The amount of tax the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) thinks is being underpaid due to ‘legal interpretation’ has increased by 9% over the last year to £6bn, up from £5.5bn in 2014/15 according to ‘tax gap’ figures released by the tax authority.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th October 2017

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The Jackson effect: One costs firm set to close as another leaves debt behind in administrator sale – Litigation Futures

Posted October 30th, 2017 in costs, debts, insolvency, law firms, legal services, news by sally

‘The harsh impact of the Jackson reforms on the costs world is on display today as we reveal that one costs business is closing down, while it has emerged that another has been reborn after the directors bought the assets, files and outstanding WIP from its joint administrators.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th October 2017

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High Court demands further cuts in law firm’s £1.6m costs bill – Litigation Futures

Posted October 25th, 2017 in costs, fees, judges, law firms, news, solicitors by michael

‘Slade J said that while an estimate was not the same as a quote, Master Rowley had “exceeded the broad measure of his discretion” in considering a reasonable upper limit on profit costs to be twice as high as the second estimate.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th October 2017

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Struck-off solicitor wins right to sue for loans made before intervention – Legal Futures

Posted October 19th, 2017 in disqualification, law firms, loans, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A sole practitioner who was struck off six years ago has won the right to sue for loans he made before his East London firm was closed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 19th October 2017

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Judge criticises ‘deeply disturbing’ practices at defunct Asons – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 4th, 2017 in costs, insurance, law firms, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The now-defunct Asons Solicitors has been ordered to meet the costs of insurance company LV=, after a court found that the law firm made ‘gross’ and ‘deeply disturbing’ failures in a personal injury case it was handling.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd October 2017

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Supreme Court to hear appeal against defective service ruling in law firm negligence case – Litigation Futures

‘The Supreme Court will hear an appeal in November by a litigant in person over the defective service of a negligence claim against a Midlands law firm, it has been confirmed.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th September 2017

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SDT finally publishes Leigh Day judgment – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal today published the long-awaited judgment on human rights firm Leigh Day and three of its lawyers.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th September 2017

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Tax evasion facilitation prevention – The Future of Law

Posted September 18th, 2017 in crime prevention, HM Revenue & Customs, law firms, legislation, news, tax evasion by tracey

‘From 30 September 2017, if someone in your firm facilitates tax evasion and you don’t have reasonable prevention procedures, you could be faced with unlimited fines, not to mention reputational damage.’

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The Future of Law, 15th September 2017

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Law firm faces £68,000 VAT bill after tribunal rules electronic property search fees are not disbursements – Legal Futures

‘A leading north-west law firm has been ordered to pay £68,000 in VAT for electronic local authority property searches it procured from an agency, after a tribunal ruled that they should not have been treated as disbursements.’

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Legal Futures, 18th September 2017

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Professional negligence claim against Law Society to proceed to trial – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 7th, 2017 in law firms, Law Society, negligence, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A professional negligence claim against the Law Society based on information listed in its “Find a Solicitor” (FAS) directory which turned out to be fraudulent should proceed to trial, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th September 2017

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Paralegal wins employment tribunal claim for £14,000 bonus from personal injury firm – Legal Futures

Posted September 5th, 2017 in contracts, employment, employment tribunals, law firms, news, paralegals by sally

‘A paralegal employed by a personal injury firm under an oral contract was entitled to a bonus payment worth almost £14,000, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 5th September 2017

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Jackson’s scorn for ‘artificial claims stirred up by advertisements’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 5th, 2017 in advertising, civil justice, judges, law firms, miners, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has expressed his contempt for a firm that recruited a claimant and ‘turned his head’ to bring negligence proceedings. In the Court of Appeal Jackson said it was ‘regrettable’ that north west firm Mellor Hargreaves had persuaded a former miner to bring an action against his previous solicitors to ‘top up’ a damages award.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th September 2017

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Innovation index suggests “more top UK law firms than US firms embracing AI” – Legal Futures

Posted September 1st, 2017 in artificial intelligence, law firms, news by sally

‘Top UK law firms are ahead of their US counterparts in the use of artificial intelligence (AI), an index of legal service delivery innovation has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 1st September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk