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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Court blocks firm being substituted into claim of dead client – Law Society’s Gazette

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

‘The High Court has refused an application from a London firm to be substituted for their deceased client in a £1.5m litigation claim.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th July 2021

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“Extraordinary things are happening” outside of traditional law firms – Legal Futures

‘Professor Richard Susskind’s claim that the current model of alternative legal services providers has not delivered and needs to be rethought is premature, the boss of Radiant Law has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 12th July 2021

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CA rejects privilege challenge to file access in lawyer negligence claim – Legal Futures

‘The solicitors to claimants who acquired a cause of action to sue the insolvent defendant’s lawyers for professional negligence cannot be prevented from accessing privileged material, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd July 2021

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“Busy” costs lawyers see rise in solicitor/own client disputes – Litigation Futures

Posted June 29th, 2021 in coronavirus, costs, law firms, news, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Half of Costs Lawyers are busier than ever as the legal market continues to recover from the depths of the pandemic, with former clients suing their solicitors a fast-growing area of practice, new research has shown.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th June 2021

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Judge’s surprise at firm’s failure to ensure “basic compliance” with CPR – Legal Futures

Posted June 29th, 2021 in civil procedure rules, expert witnesses, law firms, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has expressed her surprise at a London law firm’s failure to ensure “basic levels of compliance” with the Civil Procedure Rules by a client and its experts.’

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Legal Futures, 29th June 2021

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Solicitors apologise after remote hearing recorded without permission – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A firm of solicitors has apologised to the court and reported itself to the regulator after a recording was taken of a remote hearing without permission.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th June 2021

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Susskind: “Harder than expected” to reduce legal work to lawyer-free process – Legal Futures

Posted June 28th, 2021 in law firms, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The extent to which legal work can be reduced purely to administration and process has been overstated and in fact “lawyers are needed for all legal jobs”, Professor Richard Susskind has acknowledged.’

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Legal Futures, 28th June 2021

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High Court rejects client’s bid to judicially review Legal Ombudsman decision – Legal Futures

Posted June 21st, 2021 in compensation, judicial review, law firms, legal ombudsman, news by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected a client’s application for permission to judicially review an award made in his favour by the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) that he claimed was insufficient.’

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Legal Futures, 18th June 2021

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Medical agency admin fee “not recoverable” as part of fixed costs – Litigation Futures

‘Defendant solicitors have welcomed a ruling that medical agency costs are irrecoverable under the fixed-costs regime.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th June 2021

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Case Preview: Harcus Sinclair LLP v Your Lawyers Ltd – UKSC Blog

‘In this post, Sarah Day, a senior associate with CMS, previews the decision awaited from the UK Supreme Court in the matter of Harcus Sinclair LLP v Your Lawyers Limited. This case centres around a non-compete clause contained within a non-disclosure agreement between two firms of solicitors. It is an important case in the sphere of solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance as it sees the issues of (i) the Court’s inherent jurisdiction over solicitors as officers of the Court, (ii) the interaction of that jurisdiction with the restraint of trade doctrine and (ii) the interpretation and enforcement of solicitors’ undertakings, to be considered at the highest level since 1940.’

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UKSC Blog, 25th May 2021

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“Abusive” claim against lawyers in Jarndyce-style litigation struck out – Legal Futures

‘A High Court judge has struck out a £58m unlawful means conspiracy claim against a law firm, four solicitors and a QC, which she described as “structurally fatally flawed, abusive and lacking in pleadable substance”.’

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Legal Futures, 25th May 2021

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High Court boosts flight delay claims as Supreme Court hears Bott case – Litigation Futures

Posted May 21st, 2021 in airlines, appeals, compensation, delay, EC law, law firms, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The High Court has given yet another boost to flight delay practices after ruling that a passenger who boarded in London but suffered a delay on the connecting leg of her flight in Canada was entitled to compensation.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th May 2021

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High Court upholds judgment on law firms’ unpaid fees – Legal Futures

Posted May 18th, 2021 in default judgments, fees, law firms, news by sally

‘The High Court has rejected a challenge to a judgment in default obtained by two law firms whose retainers were terminated by a Swiss company, leaving Carpmaels & Raynsford with unpaid fees of €201,000 (£172,000) and Collyer Bristow with £320,000.’

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Legal Futures, 18th May 2021

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Retaining shares following litigation did not trigger DBA payment – Litigation Futures

Posted May 5th, 2021 in damages, fees, law firms, news, shareholders, solicitors by sally

‘A client who retained shares as part of a settlement but did not recover anything from the other party was not liable to pay his solicitors anything under a damages-based agreement (DBA), the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th May 2021

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Judge criticises firm’s failures in defending solicitor’s dismissal claim – Legal Futures

‘A conveyancing solicitor has won her unfair dismissal and discrimination claim against a well-known Essex law firm by default after it filed its defence two days late.’

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Legal Futures, 26th April 2021

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Law firm takes up case of nurse fined £10,000 for 1% pay protest – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2021 in coronavirus, demonstrations, fines, law firms, news, nurses, police, remuneration by tracey

‘One of the UK’s biggest police forces is refusing to back down after being accused of wrongly issuing a £10,000 fine to a nurse who was protesting over the government’s 1% pay rise for NHS workers, reigniting concern over new powers to inhibit protest.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2021

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Law firms “not being held to account for toxic cultures” – Legal Futures

Posted April 23rd, 2021 in employment, law firms, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘Law firms are not being held to account for “toxic” work cultures, particularly where there is a lot of pressure on young lawyers, a leading expert on regulation has said.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd April 2021

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Freshfields report into bank rape allegations not covered by privilege – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A report prepared by magic circle firm Freshfields into the alleged rape of a bank employee was not covered by legal privilege, according to an employment tribunal ruling that has now been made public.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st April 2021

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