‘We will sue the pants off them’: outrage over LAA announcement – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 13th, 2022 in criminal justice, law firms, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Legal Aid Agency has sparked panic among the criminal defence community by announcing that some providers could lose out on work when new contracts begin this autumn. One firm, for which legal aid comprises 60% of its workload, told the Gazette that it could go out of business.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th May 2022

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Priti Patel blames lawyers as she admits Rwanda plan will ‘take time’ – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2022 in government departments, immigration, law firms, news, refugees by sally

‘Priti Patel has admitted that it will take time to establish the government’s high-profile plan to send people who arrive in the UK without authorisation to Rwanda, amid growing suspicion that it will not solve the migration crisis in the Channel.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2022

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Litigant banned over ‘unjustified’ complaints to regulators – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A former nurse who made “wholly inappropriate and unjustified allegations of wrongdoing” against lawyers has been banned from bringing proceedings for two years by a High Court judge, who said regulators must be “astute in identifying litigants who abusively use [the] regulatory process”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th May 2022

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Lawyers limit community care cases “to help firms stay afloat” – Legal Futures

‘Community care lawyers are limiting the amount and type of legal aid work they do to ensure that their firms remain financially viable, a report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 6th May 2022

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No retainer between law firm and businessman in £2.5m dispute – Legal Futures

Posted May 6th, 2022 in damages, law firms, loss of chance, news by tracey

‘There was no express or implied retainer between a Buckinghamshire law firm and a businessman with a “colourful commercial career” suing it for £2.5m in damages, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 6th May 2022

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Law firm says staff can work from home – for 20% less pay – BBC News

Posted May 3rd, 2022 in flexible working, law firms, news, remuneration by sally

‘A London law firm has offered staff the option to work from home permanently, but the convenience comes at a price.’

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BBC News, 2nd May 2022

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High Court throws out negligence claim over MMR vaccine advice – Legal Futures

‘The potential negligence of a QC and high-profile law firm to advise a client on limitation was irrelevant as the underlying claim would not have succeeded anyway, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 25th April 2022

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System failure led to default judgment against leading law firm – Legal Futures

‘Leading legal aid firm Duncan Lewis has been ordered to pay a former director costs of £6,500 for setting aside a default employment tribunal judgment caused by its internal failures.’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2022

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Litigator’s claim against ex-firm struck out for unless order failure – Legal Futures

‘A civil litigator with experience of employment disputes has had an unfair dismissal claim against his former firm struck out for failing to comply with an unless order.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2022

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SRA rebukes leading class action firm over conduct of struck-out claim – Legal Futures

‘Class action firm Hausfeld has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for allowing its independence to be compromised in the conduct of a massive group claim.’

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Legal Futures, 5th April 2022

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Court of Appeal issues reminder that funding arrangements need to comply with strict rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 28th, 2022 in appeals, assignment, champerty, damages, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The English and Welsh Court of Appeal has handed down a judgment which should act as a reminder for law firms that any innovative funding arrangements must comply with statutory rules or risk being declared void.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th March 2022

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Dismissal was part of firm’s fair redundancy process, judge rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A former law firm employee was dismissed because of redundancy measures made necessary during lockdown, an employment tribunal has found.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th March 2022

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Lockdown conveyancing redundancy was genuine, tribunal rules – Legal Futures

‘A redundancy exercise run by a law firm in its conveyancing department following the first lockdown in 2020 was genuine, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 24th March 2022

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Judge terminates appointment of guardian who criticised solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted March 23rd, 2022 in children, electronic mail, guardianship, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘A circuit judge has terminated the appointment of the guardian of a young child in care proceedings after he criticised the father’s solicitor in a letter to the law firm’s head of department.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd March 2022

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Largest further education provider in London to appoint law firm to £1m contract – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 21st, 2022 in education, law firms, legal services, news by sally

‘The largest further education provider in London, Capital City College Group (CCCG), is to appoint a legal services provider to a £1m, four-year contract.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st March 2022

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Bott urges solicitors to put all defendants on notice of equitable lien – Legal Futures

Posted March 18th, 2022 in airlines, appeals, compensation, delay, fees, law firms, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Litigators should now put defendants on notice at the start of any matter that they will enforce an equitable lien if necessary, the senior partner of Bott & Co has advised.’

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Legal Futures, 18th March 2022

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Firm to take champerty case to Supreme Court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 18th, 2022 in appeals, assignment, champerty, law firms, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by tracey

‘A London commercial firm will ask the Supreme Court to develop the common law of champerty after an appeal over the assignment of its now-deceased client’s claim was dismissed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th March 2022

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Breaking: Supreme Court backs solicitors over right to recover costs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 16th, 2022 in airlines, appeals, compensation, costs, delay, law firms, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Solicitors handling flight compensation claims had a right to their costs despite the airline trying to deal directly with their clients, the Supreme Court has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th March 2022

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CA upholds ban on solicitor taking assignment of client’s action – Legal Futures

Posted March 14th, 2022 in appeals, assignment, champerty, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The public policy behind the ban on a solicitor taking an assignment of their client’s cause of action prior to judgment holds good in the era of damages-based agreements (DBAs), the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal futures, 14th March 2022

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Court of Appeal declines to ‘develop’ common law of champerty – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 14th, 2022 in appeals, assignment, champerty, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A London law firm has lost an appeal over the assignment of a now-deceased client’s claim to his solicitors, with the Court of Appeal confirming that “a solicitor acting for a client in legal proceedings may not validly take an assignment of the client’s cause of action prior to judgment.” ’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th March 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk