High Court ticks off unregulated legal business for not being clearer about its status – Legal Futures

Posted May 19th, 2017 in barristers, law firms, legal services, news by tracey

‘The High Court has criticised an unregulated legal business run by a unregistered barrister for “sailing too close to the wind” by failing to be clear in correspondence that it was not a solicitors’ firm.’

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Legal Futures, 19th May 2017

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Court of Appeal backs claimant solicitors in “£400 club” case – Litigation Futures

‘Solicitors who received the £400 stage 1 fixed-costs payment due under the original version of the RTA protocol do not have to repay the money even though no action was then taken on their cases, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th May 2017

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What’s in a name? Appeal judges reject pleas of claimant who sued wrong firm – Legal Futures

‘Appeal judges have rejected the pleas of a claimant who, faced by two law firms with similar names set up by the same solicitor, sued the wrong one.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2017

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Not-for-profit criminal firm takes business-like approach and plots future civil work – Legal Futures

Posted May 15th, 2017 in criminal justice, law firms, news by sally

‘The first not-for-profit criminal law firm – which opened its doors last month – has underlined its intention to generate surpluses like any other business; it will just distribute them differently.’

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Legal Futures, 15th May 2017

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The addition of parties after limitation has expired – Zenith PI

Posted May 9th, 2017 in appeals, law firms, limitations, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Godfrey Morgan Solicitors (A Firm) v Michael Arms [2017] EWCA Civ 323. The Appellant firm of solicitors appealed against the decision of a first instance appeal which determined that it had been properly added as a Defendant to a claim for professional negligence despite the prior expiry of the relevant limitation period.’

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Zenith PI, 8th May 2017

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Court of Appeal orders controversial firm to compensate ex-miner for negligence – Legal Futures

Posted May 2nd, 2017 in appeals, compensation, law firms, miners, negligence, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling that Raleys – the controversial but now defunct Barnsley law firm – should not have to compensate a miner who argued that its admitted negligence had caused him to settle a claim at an undervalue.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd May 2016

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ABS targets continued expansion as ‘second cities’ strategy and non-legal services see turnover rocket – Legal Futures

Posted May 2nd, 2017 in alternative business structures, law firms, news by sally

‘Fast-growing alternative business structure Knights Professional Services is on the look-out for its next acquisition and ‘second city’ location – as well as more non-legal services – after unveiling an increase of more than 60% in turnover over the past year to £33.5m.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd May 2017

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Woman who set up male-only divorce law firm says men are the ‘biggest losers’ in cases – The Independent

Posted April 25th, 2017 in divorce, gender, law firms, news by sally

‘A lawyer who set up her own firm specifically to help men in divorce proceedings has said it is men who are often the “biggest losers” in cases, not women.’

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The Independent, 24th April 2017

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Lawyers must be able to bring cases against government ‘without fear of reprisals’ – The Guardian

‘Lawyers must be able to bring cases against the government “without fear of recrimination or reprisals”, the high-profile solicitors’ firm Leigh Day has declared on the eve of its trial for alleged professional misconduct.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2017

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SRA attacks “disproportionate and unnecessary” money laundering regulations – Legal Futures

‘New anti-money laundering (AML) regulations planned by the Treasury would impose “disproportionate and unnecessary” burdens on law firms, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 20th April 2017

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Tribunal lays out Clyde & Co’s “glaring” failures – Legal Futures

‘The failures which led to a record fine for Clyde & Co were “particularly glaring” as it was “a large and, previously, reputable firm”, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has declared in approving the sanction.’

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Legal Futures, 19th April 2017

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Solicitor and firm fined in first criminal prosecution by Pensions Regulator – Legal Futures

Posted April 7th, 2017 in fines, law firms, news, pensions, prosecutions, solicitors by tracey

‘A solicitor and the firm where he is a partner have been ordered to pay more than £16,000 in fines and costs for refusing to give documents to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) which were required as part of a wider investigation.’

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Legal Futures, 7th April 2017

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Law firms to be banned from touting for business in hospitals – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 3rd, 2017 in costs, hospitals, law firms, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Law firms will no longer be able to tout for business inside hospitals under plans unveiled by the NHS.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2017

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Supreme Court clarifies distinction between ‘advice’ and ‘information’ negligence cases – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 29th, 2017 in drafting, law firms, loans, mistake, negligence, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘A law firm that made a mistake when drafting a loan letter on its client’s instructions, and failing to draw critical information to his attention, was not liable to that client when the loan failed. The client would have made a loss on the loan in any event due to his commercial misjudgments, the UK’s highest court has ruled.

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th March 2017

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Changes to insurance industry reducing work for their lawyers, research claims – Litigation Futures

Posted March 28th, 2017 in insurance, law firms, news, reports by sally

‘Virtually all law firms serving the insurance industry have lost business in recent years amid “a high level of disruption driven by major changes in the underwriting businesses they support”, new research has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th March 2017

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Supreme Court backs ‘straightforward’ interpretation of professional indemnity insurance terms – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 23rd, 2017 in appeals, class actions, holidays, insurance, law firms, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘The term ‘a series of related matters or transactions’ in a professional indemnity (PI) insurance policy merely requires some inter-connection between the matters or transactions, and not an ‘intrinsic’ relationship, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd March 2017

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Supreme Court backs insurer’s bid to cap liability for multiple claims against law firm – Legal Futures

‘The Supreme Court has sided with a leading professional indemnity insurer in interpreting the rules that govern the way insurers can aggregate multiple claims against solicitors.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd March 2017

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Appeal court sends £4m solicitors’ negligence claim to trial – Legal Futures

Posted March 8th, 2017 in appeals, intellectual property, law firms, negligence, news, summary judgments by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling that gave a national law firm summary judgment in a case alleging that its negligence had caused a company to lose a £4m intellectual property licensing deal with a global engineering giant.’

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Legal Futures, 8th March 2017

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Accident victims “forced into rehab by greedy lawyers” – Litigation Futures

‘There are suggestions that some accident victims are being “forced into rehab” by lawyers and claims management companies determined to “boost their own incomes”, an independent report has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd February 2017

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Moors murderer Ian Brady loses court fight over legal representation – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2017 in law firms, legal aid, legal representation, mental health, news by sally

‘Moors murderer Ian Brady has been refused permission to launch a high court battle to get a lawyer of his choice to represent him at a tribunal.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk