High Court criticises firm for private prosecution disclosure failure – Legal Futures

Posted November 21st, 2023 in disclosure, fraud, law firms, news, private prosecutions by sally

‘The High Court has criticised a leading private prosecutions law firm for the information it provided to persuade a judge to issue summonses alleging fraud against three people.’

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Legal Futures, 21st November 2023

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National firm win costs order over ‘vexatious’ employment tribunal claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 20th, 2023 in costs, employment, employment tribunals, equality, law firms, news, vexatious litigants by tracey

‘A national firm has been awarded £20,000 in costs after an employment tribunal found the claimant was vexatious and conducted proceedings unreasonably “almost from their inception.” ’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th November 2023

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ASA bans law firm’s TikTok adverts for misleading consumers – Legal Futures

Posted November 15th, 2023 in advertising, complaints, law firms, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned two misleading TikTok posts by a law firm for not making clear that the people featured were not genuine clients.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2023

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Court rejects ‘fishing expedition’ for firm’s call recording – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 6th, 2023 in costs, disclosure, fees, law firms, news, solicitors, telecommunications by tracey

‘A costs judge has refused a former client’s plea for a recording of the call where they signed up to instruct a law firm. In Turner v Coupland Cavendish, Costs Judge Rowley said the call recording remained the solicitors’ property rather than the client’s and did not need to be disclosed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th November 2023

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From costs to validating advice – litigators see role for AI – Legal Futures

Posted November 3rd, 2023 in artificial intelligence, costs, law firms, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Artificial intelligence (AI) will have multiple uses for litigators, including helping with costs budgeting and validating advice to clients, a leading partner at Eversheds Sutherland has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd November 2023

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Firm wins challenge to legal aid out of time reduction – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 3rd, 2023 in delay, fees, law firms, legal aid, news, solicitors, time limits by tracey

‘A firm has successfully challenged a 20% late-submission penalty to a legal aid settlement.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd November 2023

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Disabled law firm director was unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules – Legal Futures

‘A disabled director of leading legal aid firm Duncan Lewis was unfairly dismissed over absences from work and his failure to report them, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 31st October 2023

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Firm’s ‘unrealistic’ estimate of costs in professional negligence case was ‘inadequate’, judge finds – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 24th, 2023 in costs, law firms, negligence, news by tracey

‘Al aw firm acting in a professional negligence claim against another firm gave “unrealistic” estimates and the incurred costs were “likely to be unreasonable”, a judge has found.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd October 2023

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First post-PACCAR bid to invalidate litigation funding agreement fails – Legal Futures

Posted October 23rd, 2023 in arbitration, damages, law firms, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected the first bid to use the Supreme Court’s PACCAR ruling by a company looking to invalidate a litigation funding agreement (LFA) it had signed up to.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd October 2023

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High Court rejects appeal from “I like what I see” solicitor – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected an appeal against a £20,000 fine imposed on a male law firm owner who said “mmm, I like what I see” to a young woman applying for a paralegal position.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2023

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SRA fines law firm £45,000 for how it ran financial mis-selling claims – Legal Futures

Posted October 2nd, 2023 in banking, complaints, fines, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has slapped a law firm with a £45,000 fine for multiple failures in its conduct of financial mis-selling claims.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd October 2023

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Law firm data breach “highlights risks to domestic violence victims” – Legal Futures

‘A family law firm that disclosed personal data about a woman and children to her rapist ex-partner has been highlighted in a warning over how data breaches are putting domestic abuse victims’ lives at risk.’

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Legal Futures, 28th September 2023

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Court stops firm using fees generated by claims joint venture – Legal Futures

Posted September 29th, 2023 in fees, joint ventures, law firms, news by tracey

‘The High Court has ordered a law firm not to use fees from a PPI claims joint venture now the subject of a dispute, despite it warning that this could put it out of business.’

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Legal Futures, 29th September 2023

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Law firms adopt diversity initiatives “because they are fashionable” – Legal Futures

Posted September 25th, 2023 in diversity, law firms, news by tracey

‘Law firms often adopt diversity initiatives “because they are fashionable, not because they work”, an academic and diversity specialist has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 25th September 2023

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Clients ordered to pay costs assigned by firm to non-lawyer – Legal Futures

Posted September 15th, 2023 in appeals, assignment, costs, fees, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A law firm’s former clients have lost their appeal against a decision that they owe outstanding fees to the non-lawyer who took assignment of their retainers.’

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Legal Futures, 15th September 2023

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Law Society and SRA win approval for 11.5% jump in cost of practising – Legal Futures

Posted September 7th, 2023 in budgets, fees, law firms, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘Individual solicitors and their firms will be paying an extra £13.2m to be regulated and represented in the coming year, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has confirmed.’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2023

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Law firm culture key to ethical practice, says Law Society president – Legal Futures

Posted September 6th, 2023 in codes of practice, law firms, Law Society, news, solicitors by sally

‘Law firm cultures where solicitors are able to admit and learn from mistakes are central to ensuring adherence to professional ethics, the president of the Law Society said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 6th September 2023

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Consultant paralegal was law firm ‘worker’, tribunal rules – Legal Futures

Posted August 18th, 2023 in contract of employment, employment, law firms, news, paralegals, remuneration by sally

‘A consultant paralegal was a “worker” at a law firm and could sue for unauthorised deductions from wages but was not an employee who could claim breach of contract, a tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 18th August 2023

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Judge criticises approach of firm acting on hundreds of mesh claims – Legal Futures

Posted August 18th, 2023 in compensation, costs, law firms, medical treatment, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A law firm acting for hundreds of women who claim to have been harmed by vaginal mesh implant surgery has had its costs slashed by an unimpressed judge.’

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Legal Futures, 18th August 2023

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Relief for claimant firms as appeal judges block costs challenge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 11th, 2023 in appeals, compensation, costs, fees, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A landmark Court of Appeal costs ruling in favour of claimant solicitors cannot be challenged in the Supreme Court, appeal judges have ruled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th August 2023

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