What is really being protected in the Linklaters case? – Legal Futures

‘The Linklaters v Mellish case has brought the issue of how law firms deal with sexual harassment, and how the courts deal with confidentiality, back into the spotlight.’

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Legal Futures, 7th February 2019

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Magic circle firm wins gagging order over ‘struggle with women in workplace’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 6th, 2019 in confidentiality, injunctions, law firms, news, public interest, women by tracey

‘Magic circle firm Linklaters has secured an order barring its former director of business development from giving interviews about what was described in court as an “ongoing struggle with women in the workplace”.

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th February 2019

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SRA pays Leigh Day £1m in costs to end disciplinary case – Legal Futures

‘The highly contentious Leigh Day disciplinary case has come to an end with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) paying the firm £1m in costs after the regulator’s unsuccessful appeal.’

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Legal Futures, 17th January 2019

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Court orders insurer to cover negligent solicitors’ unpaid costs – Legal Futures

Posted January 14th, 2019 in appeals, costs, indemnities, insurance, law firms, negligence, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The insurer of a negligent Italian law firm operating in London has been ordered to pay £3m in costs to the victims after the lawyers failed to pay up.’

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Legal Futures, 14th January 2018

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No TUPE protection for most staff shed in Lawyers Inc takeover – Legal Futures

‘Only five out of 22 lawyers and staff who lost their jobs when Hull firm Ingrams collapsed in July 2017 were protected by the TUPE regulations when the firm was effectively taken over by an innovative alternative business structure (ABS), an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 8th January 2019

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Solicitor who ran unauthorised law firm struck off – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who said his unauthorised firm was acting only for “family and friends” has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 8th January 2019

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Costs ‘disproportionately high’ in Russian oligarch battle – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 18th, 2018 in costs, freezing injunctions, jurisdiction, law firms, news, proportionality by sally

‘City firm Macfarlanes ‘hampered’ the court by failing to provide a clear breakdown of costs, a judge has ruled in the latest development of a billion-pound battle for control of a global fishing company.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th December 2018

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Legal PR: how is social media shaking up the mix? – New Law Journal

Posted December 18th, 2018 in advertising, barristers, internet, law firms, legal services, news by sally

​’Social media is increasingly the shop window for law firms and barristers’ chambers—but is it a ‘monumental waste of time’ or a ‘golden opportunity’ to set out their stall? Grania Langdon-Down reports.’

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New Law Journal, 14th December 2018

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Law firms “will stop using email within five years” – Legal Futures

‘Email will be replaced within five years by a more secure means of communication for law firms, an expert predicted this week.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2018

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SRA: Law firms must be able to explain decisions made by AI – Legal Futures

Posted December 11th, 2018 in artificial intelligence, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘Law firms must be able to explain “automated decisions”, including those involving artificial intelligence (AI), the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 11th December 2018

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Time to be canny about cash flow – New Law Journal

Posted December 11th, 2018 in budgets, law firms, news by sally

‘Norman Kenvyn shares some tips on how to avoid stretched billing timescales.’

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New Law Journal, 19th November 2018

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Leading firm left with court fees budget after late service – Litigation Futures

Posted December 7th, 2018 in budgets, case management, costs, fees, indemnities, law firms, news, sanctions, service by tracey

‘A leading national law firm that served its budget late has failed in an application for relief from sanctions only made on the day of the case and costs management conference (CCMC).’

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Litigation Futures, 7th December 2018

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Legal Technology – the future of legal services – Legal Futures

‘One way of viewing the current legal services market is that the legal profession is locked in a race to the death with non-qualified providers, tempted by the lucrative chunk of legal work that is not reserved to qualified lawyers and which forms a big part of their income.’

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Legal Futures, 5th December 2018

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Boxing guru loses £922k costs fight with former lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 4th, 2018 in costs, fees, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Boxing promoter Frank Warren has failed to persuade the High Court to order a detailed assessment of around £922,000 in costs rendered by his former solicitors.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th December 2018

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Solicitors win on appeal over status of costs bills – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 28th, 2018 in appeals, costs, law firms, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed a challenge from a law firm whose former clients wanted a full assessment of more than £200,000 in billed costs. Lord Justice Newey overturned a High Court ruling which had held that a statute bill served by a law firm should contain details of disbursements.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th November 2018

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Barrister reprimanded for drunken behaviour at Bar Mess event – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, drunk and disorderly, fines, law firms, news by sally

‘A barrister has been reprimanded and fined for his drunken behaviour towards a pupil at an informal Bar Mess event.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2018

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Dissolved company’s files “still privileged”, says court – Legal Futures

Posted November 22nd, 2018 in company law, documents, enforcement, law firms, news, privilege by tracey

‘Legal professional privilege can protect the documents of a dissolved company from disclosure, the High Court has ruled in a case involving global firm Dentons.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2018

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Restraint order for man who accused solicitors of fraud – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has slapped an extended civil restraint order (ECRO) on a man who claimed the application was an attempt “to legitimise” a law firm’s attempt to defraud him.’

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Legal Futures, 19th November 2018

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Law firm pays £20,000 compensation for unfair dismissal – Legal Futures

Posted November 16th, 2018 in compensation, constructive dismissal, law firms, news, unfair dismissal by tracey

‘A law firm accounts clerk who faced false allegations of sexually harassing a fellow employee has accepted damages of £20,000 after winning his claim of unfair constructive dismissal.’

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Legal Futures, 16th November 2018

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High Court orders partner to sell his share of law firm – Legal Futures

Posted November 8th, 2018 in company directors, law firms, news, shareholders, unfairly prejudicial conduct by tracey

‘The High Court has ruled that a partner in a law firm who paid himself £16,500 after he had left the firm and was “effectively competing with it” breached his director’s duties.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2018

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