SRA wins right to recover £800,000 costs from Blavo – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to try and recover the £800,000 it spent intervening in collapsed law firm Blavo & Co.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2018

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Law Society: Cyber-criminals targeting more small firms – Legal Futures

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in computer crime, fraud, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘Small law firms are increasingly being targeted by cyber-criminals, but very few attacks are actually succeeding, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd October 2018

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Heat rising over SRA plan for solicitors in unregulated firms – Legal Futures

Posted September 24th, 2018 in law firms, legal services, Legal Services Board, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has received unprecedented lobbying against the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) plans to allow solicitors to practise from unregulated businesses.’

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Legal Futures, 24th September 2018

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Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal over ‘dishonest’ costs claims – Litigation Futures

Posted September 20th, 2018 in appeals, costs, law firms, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has refused permission for a third appeal by a Leeds law firm against a ruling that it submitted ‘dishonest’ costs claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th September 2018

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Divorcing man told: You can’t pay your lawyers without paying your wife’s – Legal Futures

Posted September 18th, 2018 in costs, divorce, financial provision, law firms, news by sally

‘The husband in a divorce dispute cannot pay his lawyers a pound without paying a pound to his wife’s solicitors, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 18th September 2018

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Supreme Court to hear appeal from firm blamed for missed claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 13th, 2018 in appeals, burden of proof, law firms, negligence, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘A long-running dispute about the rights of a client to sue his former solicitors will come to the Supreme Court later this year. The court confirmed today that it will hear the appeal of defunct claimant firm Raleys Solicitors against the ruling of the Court of Appeal from May 2017.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th September 2018

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Firm to pay indemnity costs after “premature” GLO application – Litigation Futures

Posted September 5th, 2018 in class actions, consumer protection, costs, law firms, news by sally

‘A law firm which “prematurely” issued a group litigation order (GLO) application to bring VW emissions claims ahead of other firms has been hit with an indemnity costs order by the High Court.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th September 2018

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Immigration lawyer “wrongly claimed” £800,000 in legal aid – Legal Futures

‘An immigration lawyer who “wrongly claimed” £800,000 from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 2018

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Big CMCs to be hit hardest as FCA seeks £17m – Legal Futures

‘The big claims management companies (CMCs) will be hit hardest by fee increases planned by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to fund the £17m cost of their new regulatory regime, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd August 2018

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High Court: No duty on solicitors to alert other side to errors – Litigation Futures

Posted August 23rd, 2018 in civil procedure rules, disclosure, law firms, news, service, solicitors by sally

‘Litigation solicitors are not under a duty to alert their opponents to errors which they have not caused, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd August 2018

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Law firm closures up again after surge in rule breaches – Legal Futures

‘The number of law firms closed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rose by 35% last year to 50, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 15th August 2018

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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

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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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