Court throws out claim over law firm’s “trivial” data breach – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has imposed indemnity costs on a family that claimed damages for distress after a law firm accidentally sent an email about outstanding school fees to the wrong person.’

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Legal Futures, 21st October 2021

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Legal regulators slammed for “lacking expertise” on comparison data – Legal Futures

‘Lawyer data already in the public domain cannot easily be adapted to help consumers choose a lawyer, mainly due to failings by legal regulators, according to research.’

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Legal Futures, 18th October 2021

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Court throws out wasted costs order bid against Baker McKenzie – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2021 in costs, law firms, news, professional conduct, wasted costs orders by tracey

‘A High Court judge has opted against making a wasted costs order against global firm Baker McKenzie following an application from their litigation opponents.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th October 2021

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Judge’s fury at suggestion his clerk leaked draft ruling – Legal Futures

Posted October 11th, 2021 in barristers' clerks, disclosure, judges, judgments, law firms, news, patents by sally

‘A High Court judge has strongly criticised a law firm and its client for appearing to blame his clerk for the leak of a draft judgment – which it turned out had not even happened.’

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Legal Futures, 11th October 2021

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Students used by law firm for agency advocacy are ‘workers’ – Legal Futures

‘A Bar student who handled agency advocacy work through a law firm was a worker with certain rights and not self-employed, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 8th October 2021

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‘Negligent’ London firm defeats £12m claim for lack of causation – Legal Futures

Posted October 1st, 2021 in causation, construction industry, damages, law firms, negligence, news by tracey

‘Leading London law firm Withers has fought off a £12m claim on the basis of causation after the High Court ruled that it gave negligent advice to a property developer.
However, His Honour Judge Pelling QC, sitting as a High Court judge, found that the firm gave negligent advice on a settlement agreement, leading to an award of £270,000 in damages.’

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Legal Futures, 1st October 2021

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Barrister disbarred after council tax fraud conviction – Legal Futures

‘A barrister convicted of council tax fraud who was then found to have lied at a re-hearing has been disbarred.’

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Legal Futures, 29th September 2021

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Court rejects Slater and Gordon bid to end costs recovery cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 17th, 2021 in costs, damages, law firms, news, personal injuries, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘Lawyers chasing personal injury firms over the deductions from former clients’ damages have been handed a huge twin boost by the court.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th September 2021

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QC report accuses City firm of acting with conflict of interest – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 14th, 2021 in conflict of interest, law firms, news, reports, surveyors by tracey

‘General counsel and a City firm have come under repeated criticism in a damning report into governance issues at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th September 2021

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Covid: Legal action begins over quarantine hotel rules – BBC News

Posted September 13th, 2021 in coronavirus, government departments, holidays, hotels, judicial review, law firms, news by tracey

‘A law firm representing travellers is taking the government to court over the UK’s quarantine hotel policy.’

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BBC News, 13th September 2021

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High Court dismisses £2.7m law firm negligence claim – Legal Futures

Posted September 7th, 2021 in law firms, negligence, news, summary judgments by sally

‘The High Court has granted summary judgment in favour of a law firm and its senior partner and dismissed a £2.7m negligence claim.’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2021

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Professional advisers beware – check the terms of your engagement – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted August 27th, 2021 in auditors, building societies, law firms, limitations, negligence, news by tracey

‘The scope of duty and the extent of liability of professional advisers are two hotly contested issues at the core of many a dispute between professional advisers and their clients in negligence claims.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 24th August 2021

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Costs judge rejects “regrettable” overcharging allegations – Legal Futures

Posted August 23rd, 2021 in asylum, costs, fees, immigration, law firms, news, professional conduct, solicitors by tracey

‘A judge has rejected claims by the wife of a convicted Kazakh businessman that she was overcharged by a London law firm for her asylum application and described the allegations of misconduct she levelled as “regrettable”.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd August 2021

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Cost of practising as a solicitor set to fall by 6.7% – Legal Futures

‘The cost of practising as a solicitor is to fall by 6.7% in the coming year, although it may have to rise in future once the Law Society sets a new reserves policy.’

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Legal Futures, 20th August 2021

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Judge right to consider “mystery” of who was funding law firm – Legal Futures

Posted August 19th, 2021 in contracts, costs, law firms, news by sally

‘A judge who had “no information at all” as to how the defence of a dormant law firm was being funded was right not to ignore the issue, appeal judges have ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 18th August 2021

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Technology and innovation “step-change” in last year but barriers persist – Legal Futures

‘The past year has seen a “step change” in the adoption of legal technology and innovation, in part as a result of Covid-19, a major piece of new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 27th July 2021

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New Judgment: Harcus Sinclair LLP and Anor v Your Lawyers Ltd [2021] UKSC 32 – UKSC Blog

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed this appeal concerning whether a non-compete clause, by which one law firm agreed with another law firm not to take part in the emissions litigation without the latter’s permission, is enforceable or not.’

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UKSC Blog, 23rd July 2021

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Supreme Court upholds six-year non-compete clause signed by law firm – Legal Futures

‘A non-compete undertaking given by one law firm to another ahead of them working together was reasonable and not a restraint of trade, the Supreme Court ruled today.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd July 2021

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SRA: Number of workplace bullying investigations on the rise – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors under investigation by their regulator are increasingly citing workplace bullying as a reason for their misconduct, according to a report published yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd July 2021

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High Court refuses to let law firm take place of deceased claimant – Legal Futures

Posted July 21st, 2021 in assignment, champerty, costs, damages, fees, law firms, news, third parties by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected an application by a law firm to substitute itself for a deceased claimant, on the grounds that it would be a form of champerty.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2021

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