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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

Source: blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.out-law.com

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

Licence stripped from holiday sickness firm – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 29th, 2017 in claims management, holidays, insurance, law firms, licensing, press releases by tracey

‘A firm responsible for pressuring people into making holiday-sickness claims has had it’s licence stripped by the Claims Management Regulator.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th August 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Law Society fails in bid to throw out claim by firm over false ‘Find A Solicitor’ entry – Legal Futures

Posted August 29th, 2017 in appeals, duty of care, fraud, identity fraud, internet, law firms, Law Society, negligence, news by tracey

‘The Law Society has failed in its bid to strike out a negligence claim by a law firm that was the victim of a fraud after the details of another firm it had checked on the society’s online “Find a Solicitor” (FAS) facility turned out to be false.’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Who Knows Where the Time Goes? The Recent Decision on Limitation and Contingent Loss in Osborne v. Follett Stock [2017] EWHC 1811 – 4 New Square

‘On Thursday 13 July 2017, following the trial of a preliminary issue of limitation, HH Judge Paul Matthews handed down judgment in Osborne v. (1) Follett Stock (a firm); (2) Follett Stock LLP.’

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4 New Square, 19th July 2017

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High Court rejects claim of solicitors’ negligence involving payments from £230m trust fund – Legal Futures

Posted August 10th, 2017 in law firms, negligence, news, solicitors, trusts by tracey

‘A High Court judge has dismissed a negligence claim against London law firm Farrer & Co in a case involving a client with a $300m (£231m) trust fund.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Law firm should have warned property investor clients of “Mafia risk”, CA rules – Legal Futures

‘A law firm with offices in Italy and England has lost its appeal against a High Court ruling that it was under a duty to warn British and Irish property investors of the risks of investing in a part of Italy associated with organised crime.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Cybercrime against law firms higher than ever, SRA says – Legal Futures

Posted July 26th, 2017 in computer crime, electronic mail, law firms, news, statistics by sally

‘Reports of cybercrime from law firms reached record levels in the first quarter of this year, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Ministers ‘undermined law’ over Iraq war crimes allegations – The Guardian

‘The government has been accused of undermining the rule of law by putting pressure on an independent regulator in its action against a legal firm pursuing claims of human rights abuses involving British troops in Iraq.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Court of Appeal begins hearing CFA assignment case – Litigation Futures

Posted July 6th, 2017 in agreements, appeals, fees, law firms, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The profession should soon have an answer to the question of when a conditional fee agreement (CFA) can be assigned from one law firm to another as the Court of Appeal is hearing a test case today.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th July 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

SRA shuts down law firm referred by Court of Appeal after it revoked £500,000 costs order – Legal Futures

‘A law firm referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) by the Court of Appeal earlier this year has been shut down by the regulator.’

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Legal Futures, 4th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk