Firm predicts 1,000 clients may join gender identity clinic claim – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lawyers leading a claim against a gender identity clinic said there could be as many as 1,000 clients who join the action.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th August 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Fine for partners over years of multiple accounts rules breaches – Legal Futures

‘Two partners at a former London firm have been fined a total of £25,000 for an improper transfer of a client’s funds and allowing more than 1,700 matters to go stale, among other accounts rules breaches.’

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Legal Futures, 12th August 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Solicitors’ agents and rights of audience – appeal decision – Nearly Legal

‘This is an issue that has come up here a few times (eg this post and this post) – the rights of audience of people who do not have a right of audience in their own right, but attend hearings to carry out advocacy. Now we have a County Court detailed appeal decision on the issue (not binding, but as an appeal to a circuit judge, of persuasive value).’

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Nearly Legal, 7th August 2022

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

Claim against law firm lost by court still thrown out for late service – Legal Futures

Posted August 8th, 2022 in law firms, negligence, news, service, time limits by tracey

‘The High Court has upheld a decision to throw out a negligence claim against a law firm because it was served too late – even though the court had actually lost the claim.’

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Legal Futures, 8th August 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Claim against solicitors was attempt to relitigate private prosecution – Legal Futures

‘A professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors in the North-East has been thrown out as an attempt to relitigate an unsuccessful private prosecution.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd August 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court upholds ruling that $3m CFA is unforceable – Legal Futures

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in agreements, enforcement, fees, law firms, news, repayment by tracey

‘The High Court has upheld a decision that a law firm which charged its client nearly $3m under an unenforceable conditional fee agreement (CFA) has to repay the money.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court ruling a warning to lawyers who ‘shoehorn’ claimants into class actions – OUT-LAW.com

‘Lawyers must take note of a court’s refusal to allow multiple claimants with widely differing claims to use a single claim form, a legal expert has warned.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th July 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Unreasonable refusal to engage with ADR – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In Richards & Anor v Speechly Bircham LLP & Anor (Consequential Matters) [2022] EWHC 1512 (Comm) HHJ Russen QC (sitting as a judge of the High Court) considered, inter alia, the most appropriate costs order to be imposed on the unsuccessful defendant law firm for refusing to consider and engage in mediation. He concluded, wrongly in my view, that a failure to mediate did not justify an order for costs on an indemnity basis.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd July 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Firm ordered to pay wasted costs over lack of authority to act – Legal Futures

‘A law firm has been ordered to pay wasted costs of £7,920 for not satisfying itself that the director of a company in deadlock with the other director had the authority to give it instructions.’

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Legal Futures, 5th July 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Law firm overturns costs bill misconduct ruling – Legal Futures

‘The rules on misconduct in the CPR do not apply to solicitor/client costs assessments, the High Court has decided in overturning a finding against a Manchester law firm.’

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Legal Futures, 4th July 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Extra powers for regulators to clamp down on rule-breaking solicitors – Ministry of Justice

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will be given new powers to fine rule-breakers up to £25,000, under measures introduced today (29 June 2022).’

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Ministry of Justice, 29th June 2022

Source: www.gov.uk

Court rejects claim that instructions of counsel create conflict – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 27th, 2022 in barristers, costs, judicial review, law firms, news, professional conduct, pupillage by tracey

‘A costs judge has rejected calls for claimant lawyers to be punished for alleged conflict in the way counsel was instructed to handle a case.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th June 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

SRA seeks whistleblowing role as part of SLAPPs action – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is set to make it easier for law firm staff to blow the whistle on their employers, as part of its work on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs).’

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Legal Futures, 23rd June 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Most female lawyers believe they will not experience pay equality – Legal Futures

Posted June 23rd, 2022 in equal pay, law firms, news, reports, women by sally

‘Most female lawyers (84%) believe that gender pay equality will not be achieved until after they retire and that firms’ commitment is more about headlines than real change.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd June 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Law firm fails in summary judgment bid over negligence claim – Legal Futures

‘A law firm being sued for more than £2m over a failure to advise properly has failed in its bid for summary judgment over several of the allegations made against it.’

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Legal Futures, 13th June 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judge calls for guidance on rights of unqualified agency advocates – Legal Futures

Posted June 10th, 2022 in advocacy, barristers, county courts, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘County court judges would benefit from “more authoritative guidance” from the higher courts on whether unqualified solicitor’s agents have rights of audience, a circuit judge has said.’

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Legal Futures, 10th June 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

‘The worst law on earth’: why the rich love London’s reputation managers – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson has vowed to level the playing field on which oligarchs stifle those who scrutinise them. How can he do it?’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Court refuses judicial review of SRA and LAA over control order – Legal Futures

‘A non-solicitor has failed in his attempt to judicially review a control order imposed on him by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) six years ago.’

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Legal Futures, 30th May 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Identity of person instructing solicitors not covered by privilege – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected a company’s claim to litigation privilege over the identity of who instructed its lawyers.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barrister given green light to pursue outstanding fees claim – Legal Futures

Posted May 16th, 2022 in barristers, fees, jurisdiction, law firms, news by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected an Italian law firm’s bid to stay a barrister’s claim for outstanding fees because of an action it took against him in its home country.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk