Judge dismisses disclosure bids ahead of £126m credit hire trial – Law Society Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2018 in claims management, consumer credit, disclosure, documents, law firms, news, privilege by tracey

‘The High Court has refused both sides permission to inspect other parties’ documents ahead of a high profile £126m civil case over inflated credit hire charges.’

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Law Society Gazette, 16th January 2018

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Exclusive: Solicitors choose “practical and proportionate” BSB regulation in ABS first – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors setting up an alternative business structure (ABS) this month in Marlborough, Wiltshire, have chosen to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Legal Futures, 12th January 2018

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2018 and beyond: Our legal futures… – Legal Futures

Posted January 9th, 2018 in law firms, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘It’s that time of year again. Thinking about what’s gone before us and planning for the future – looking at what we do, how we do it, and more importantly, who we do it for.’

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Legal Futures, 9th January 2018

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Judge intervenes to stem ‘flood’ of costs challenges – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 5th, 2018 in costs, damages, law firms, news by tracey

‘The High Court has issued a second judgment in quick succession around file disclosure in a bid to stem the flow of satellite litigation against law firms.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th January 2018

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Leading employment law provider unfairly dismissed senior employee, tribunal finds – Legal Futures

‘The leading unregulated provider of employment law services unfairly dismissed a senior employee, an employment tribunal has found.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd January 2018

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Court of Appeal dismisses challenge to finding that law firm made dishonest costs claims – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2017 in appeals, costs, fraud, insurance, law firms, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a Leeds law firm’s challenge to a ruling that it submitted a series of dishonest costs claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th December 2017

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Appeal court rejects convicted VAT fraudster’s claim that solicitor forced her to drop appeal – Legal Futures

Posted December 19th, 2017 in appeals, fraud, law firms, news, solicitors, tax evasion, VAT by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected the arguments of a convicted VAT fraudster that her former solicitors pressured her to drop an appeal that included a claim that they represented her badly and helped land her in jail.’

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Legal Futures, 19th December 2017

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SRA ponders penalties for failure to publish complaints data – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority has indicated that firms are to face disciplinary action if they do not abide by a potential requirement to publish data about complaints they receive – as research reveals that more than 90% of consumers want to see more transparency.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th December 2017

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Tax firm negligent for not warning about risks of avoidance scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 13th, 2017 in law firms, negligence, news, tax avoidance by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that a law firm was negligent in not giving its client any specific warning about the pitfalls of a tax avoidance scheme.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th December 2017

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Court of Appeal finds firm negligent for failing to warn over risk of tax avoidance scheme – Legal Futures

Posted December 12th, 2017 in appeals, law firms, negligence, news, solicitors, tax avoidance by sally

‘A firm of solicitors should have warned a client of the significant risk that a tax avoidance scheme would not withstand a challenge from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 12th December 2017

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Court of Appeal upholds assignments of pre-LASPO CFAs – 4 New Square

Posted December 11th, 2017 in agreements, appeals, assignment, contracts, costs, fees, judgments, law firms, news by sally

‘Today [5 December] the Court of Appeal gave it’s eagerly awaited judgment in Budana v The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 1980. Overturning the decision of DJ Besford in the County Court at Kingston-Upon-Hull, the court ruled that a pre-LASPO CFA could validly be transferred from one firm of solicitors to another, even after 1 April 2013, in such a way as to preserve the right to recover success fees and ATE premiums, provided all three parties (client and both firms) expressly so agreed.’

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4 New Square, 5th December 2017

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Forcing law firms to publish prices could make consumers focus just on cost, Law Society warns – Legal Futures

Posted December 7th, 2017 in consumer protection, fees, law firms, news, publishing by sally

‘Forcing law firms to publish prices could “bias” clients in favour of choosing their solicitor on price rather than quality or consumer protection, the Law Society has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 7th December 2017

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To Me …To You… – Assign of Things To Come – Budana and CFA Assignment in the Court of Appeal – Zenith PI Blog

Posted December 7th, 2017 in appeals, fees, law firms, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has handed down its long-awaited judgment in the case of Alina Budana (Appellant) v Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (Respondent) & Law Society (Intervener) [2017] EWCA Civ 1980.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 7th December 2017

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Pre-LASPO CFA was validly transferred to new firm, Court of Appeal rules – Litigation Futures

Posted December 6th, 2017 in agreements, appeals, assignment, contracts, fees, law firms, news by sally

‘The transfer of a conditional fee agreement (CFA) from one law firm to another around the time of the Jackson reforms was valid and the success fee can still be recovered from the defendant, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th December 2017

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ASA puts onus on law firms to stop using Law Society’s “misleading” CQS claim – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in advertising, law firms, Law Society, misrepresentation, news, quality assurance by sally

‘All of the 3,000 law firms accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) need to ensure they are not using in their own marketing the society’s description of the scheme that was yesterday ruled to be misleading, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd November 2017

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Law firm diversity “blocked by unconscious bias” – Legal Futures

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in bias, diversity, law firms, news, reports by sally

‘Unconscious bias in legal businesses is hampering their success, inhibiting a diverse and inclusive sector, and damaging the experience of women and minorities in the workplace, according to a report.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2017

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Law Society accreditation scheme advert ‘misled’ public – BBC News

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in advertising, complaints, conveyancing, law firms, Law Society, news, solicitors, standards by sally

‘The Law Society misled the public over the expertise of solicitors in a scheme set up to help property buyers and sellers in England and Wales, the advertising watchdog has ruled.’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2017

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Jail for men who tried to defraud and blackmail solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted November 21st, 2017 in blackmail, computer crime, fraud, law firms, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two men who were part of an organised fraud network that conned solicitors and others out of over £300,000, as well as a man who tried to blackmail a law firm to pay over €10,000 for the return of data stolen from its systems, have been sent to prison.’

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Legal Futures, 21st November 2017

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Solicitors under fire for failing to act in best interests of seriously injured clients – Litigation Futures

Posted November 16th, 2017 in case management, law firms, news, personal injuries, solicitors, victims by tracey

‘Personal injury lawyers are often failing to act in the best interests of seriously injured clients, according to a law firm’s online poll. The survey by Nockolds Solicitors found that a large majority (81%) of rehabilitation case managers had experienced a situation where a claimant solicitor had “clearly not acted in the best interests of the client”.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th November 2017

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SDT issues unprecedented rebuke of SRA over Locke Lord case comments – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2017 in fines, law firms, media, news, privacy, Solicitors Regulation Authority, tribunals by tracey

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has made unprecedented public criticism of the Solicitors Regulation Authority over how it presented last week’s decision to fine US law firm Locke Lord a record £500,000.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk