Blockchain and AI “could underpin” future law firms – Legal Futures

‘A future where law firms are ‘distributed entities’ based on blockchain and smart contracts, and lawyers will add value by being “stronger” trusted advisers assisted by artificial intelligence, has been mapped out by futurologists.’

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Legal Futures, 13th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Leave.EU parts ways with Mishcon de Reya amid legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2018 in elections, expenses, law firms, legal representation, news, referendums by sally

‘The elite London law firm Mishcon de Reya and Arron Banks’ pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign have parted ways in the midst of Leave.EU’s legal challenge to a ruling it broke electoral law, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2018

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Legal Aid Fee Cuts To Evidence Work Have Been Declared Unlawful – Rights Info

Posted August 6th, 2018 in budgets, evidence, law firms, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Government attempts to cut legal aid fees for solicitor evidence work have declared unlawful by the high court.’

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Rights Info, 3rd August 2018

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Inquest negligence claim against Leigh Day thrown out – Legal Futures

Posted August 3rd, 2018 in inquests, law firms, negligence, news by tracey

‘A claim that well-known law firm Leigh Day was negligent in its representation of the family of the deceased at an inquest has been dismissed by the High Court.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd August 2018

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SRA seeks to clarify threshold for reporting misconduct – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is looking to clarify the threshold used by law firms when deciding whether to report concerns over misconduct.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2018

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High Court rejects MRO’s bid for summary judgment over £1.6m “owed” by law firm – Litigation Futures

Posted July 31st, 2018 in contracts, fees, law firms, news, summary judgments by sally

‘The High Court has rejected an application for summary judgment by a medical reporting agency seeking to reclaim almost £1.6m in fees from a law firm.’

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Litigation Futures. 30th July 2018

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Judge criticises ‘generally unhelpful’ firm over application in VW case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 31st, 2018 in class actions, costs, law firms, news, professional conduct by sally

‘A Derbyshire firm involved in the group action case against car maker Volkswagen (VW) has been criticised for its ‘inconsistent, non-engaging and generally unhelpful’ conduct in an application to extend the timeframe for a service of claim.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 31st July 2018

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“Fragility” of criminal law firms threatening rights, MPs warn – Legal Futures

‘Fundamental rights to legal advice and representation for people accused of crimes are at risk, the justice select committee has warned, calling for a “comprehensive and independent” review of criminal legal aid.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2018

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Claim against law firm within limitation period despite “unconnected” abuse of process – Litigation Futures

Posted July 12th, 2018 in abuse of process, law firms, limitations, negligence, news by sally

‘A professional negligence claim was brought within the limitation period despite an “unconnected” abuse of process over the court fee paid, the High Court has held.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th July 2018

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High Court judge berates leading law firm for “shameful” behaviour – Legal Futures

Posted July 12th, 2018 in airlines, costs, law firms, news, professional conduct by sally

‘A High Court judge has accused leading law firm Pinsent Masons of losing sight of “any basic standard of decent and compassionate behaviour” in the way it dealt with the widow of a defendant its client was suing.’

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Legal Futures, 11th July 2018

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Solicitors are now “dairy farmers” of PI market as numbers fall – Legal Futures

‘The number of law firms specialising in personal injury (PI) work has fallen by 10% over the past two years, it has been revealed, with one leading practitioner describing solicitors now as the “dairy farmers” of the market due to their declining influence.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd July 2018

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Court in tangle after law firm ‘whistleblower’ sends it privileged material – Legal Futures

Posted June 27th, 2018 in divorce, law firms, news, privilege, solicitors, whistleblowers by tracey

‘The president of the Family Division is to be asked what the court should do in the highly unusual case of a ‘whistleblower’ from the solicitors of one party to a divorce sending it legally privileged information.’

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Legal Futures, 27th June 2018

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SCCO refuses latest bid for solicitor’s file as appeal looms – Litigation Futures

Posted June 19th, 2018 in appeals, costs, documents, law firms, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘The Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) has again rejected a bid by a personal injury client for access to their former law firm’s file.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th June 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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CoA awards £60k damages against ‘unscrupulous’ fake firm fraudsters – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 18th, 2018 in damages, fraud, law firms, misrepresentation, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that an insurance company is entitled to exemplary damages against fraudsters whose conduct was described as ‘outrageous’.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th June 2018

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High Court refuses to strike out £1.2m family law negligence claim – Legal Futures

Posted May 16th, 2018 in law firms, negligence, news, striking out by sally

‘“Very real obstacles” faced by a family law client in bringing a negligence action against a Cheshire law firm did not mean that the claim should be struck out in its entirety, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2018

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Investigation of law firm accounts reports “tripled in two years”, impact report shows – Legal Futures

Posted May 14th, 2018 in accounts, law firms, news by sally

‘The number of qualified accountants’ reports due to rule breaches has fallen by two-thirds since the rules were changed in 2015, but the amount then being investigated for possible rule breaches has tripled, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2018

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Call to investigate barriers to ABSs moving into other professional services – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) should investigate whether there are regulatory barriers to law firms that become alternative business structures (ABSs) providing other professional services such as accountancy and surveying, rather than vice versa, a report it commissioned has recommended.’

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Legal Futures, 10th May 2018

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Important public interest matters to be aired in Paradise Papers trial, says judge – The Guardian

Posted May 3rd, 2018 in BBC, disclosure, documents, law firms, media, news, public interest by tracey

‘Important matters of public interest are likely to be aired in a trial that has been brought against the Guardian and the BBC for their reporting of the Paradise Papers investigation, a senior judge has said.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2018

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Reject data contracts with solicitor firms, bar told – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 2nd, 2018 in barristers, contracts, data protection, law firms, news by tracey

‘Self-employed barristers have been advised not to sign contracts drawn up by law firms attempting to comply with data protection legislation coming into force this month. The contracts, required by Article 28 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), provide “data controllers” with guarantees that “data processors” working for them will protect the rights of data subjects – in this case, clients.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd May 2018

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