“Warehoused” case against law firm struck out – Legal Futures

Posted January 18th, 2022 in abuse of process, conspiracy, fraud, law firms, negligence, news, striking out by tracey

‘The High Court has struck out a professional negligence claim against a London law firm that it decided had been “warehoused”.’

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Legal Futures, 18th January 2022

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Law firm that held deposits defeats claim over failed property development – Legal Futures

Posted January 11th, 2022 in contracts, deposits, law firms, news, sale of land by tracey

‘Investors who lost money in a failed property development in Liverpool should sue their former solicitors rather than the law firm which held and paid out their deposits, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 11th January 2022

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Top UK law firm fined record sum for breaching money-laundering rules – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2022 in fines, law firms, money laundering, news by sally

‘Mishcon de Reya, one of the UK’s most prestigious law firms, has been fined a record amount for committing “serious breaches” of money-laundering rules.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2022

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Covid not good enough reason for solicitors missing court deadline – Legal Futures

Posted December 6th, 2021 in coronavirus, delay, law firms, negligence, news, striking out, time limits by sally

‘The disruption caused by Covid last year was not a good enough excuse for a law firm missing a deadline to file amended particulars of claim by four months, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 6th December 2021

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Acting for both sides “may become the norm” in divorce work – Legal Futures

‘A future where lawyers act for both sides of divorces as a matter of course and others exit regulation to offer a new kind of service has been sketched out by Resolution.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd November 2021

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Law firm ordered to pay £1,000 for employee’s “racist” comment – Legal Futures

‘A law firm employee has been awarded damages of £1,000 after a colleague targeted him with a discriminatory comment based on his Pakistani heritage.

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2021

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Consultant solicitor was not an employee, rules employment tribunal – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A former consultant with a Midlands firm has failed to convince a tribunal that he was an employee for the purposes of making a claim.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th November 2021

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Inability to find criminal lawyers ‘chickens coming home to roost’ – LCJ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 19th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, courts, criminal justice, law firms, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The inability to find barristers to represent criminal defendants is an example of “chickens coming home to roost”, the lord chief justice has said.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th November 2021

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Law firm fights off wages claim from consultant solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted November 18th, 2021 in contracts, law firms, legal aid, news by tracey

‘An employment tribunal has rejected claims for unpaid wages and holiday pay from a solicitor who worked as a consultant at a law firm and it decided was not an employee.’

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Legal Futures, 18th November 2021

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CA: Lawyers can be cross-examined in wasted costs applications – Legal Futures

Posted November 12th, 2021 in appeals, costs, cross-examination, law firms, news, solicitors, wasted costs orders by tracey

‘Judges have the power to direct cross-examination of a lawyer against whom a wasted costs order is sought, but it should be “very much the exception”, the Court of Appeal said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 12th November 2021

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Solicitor sacked over order to move offices wins tribunal claim – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor has won her claim for wrongful dismissal after being sacked by a law firm for pushing back against a direction to relocate with immediate effect to another office.’

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Legal Futures, 9th November 2021

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High Court rejects attempt to block claims against lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted November 8th, 2021 in fees, injunctions, law firms, news, proceeds of crime by tracey

‘The High Court has refused to make an order to prevent future claims on a law firm’s fees that claimants may argue came from stolen funds.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2021

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Charity’s private prosecution ‘perverting the course of public justice’ – Law Society Gazette

“A specialist law firm and animal rights charity may have been engaged in ‘systemic fraud’ and ‘perverting the course of justice’, by bringing abusive and unfounded private prosecutions, a judge has said.”

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Law Society Gazette, 4th November 2021

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Pro bono services “cannot keep up” with post-Covid demand – Legal Futures

Posted November 3rd, 2021 in coronavirus, law firms, legal services, news, pro bono work by sally

‘Demand for pro bono legal assistance has accelerated dramatically since the pandemic started and providers cannot keep up, leading lawyers said this week.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd November 2021

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Court allows part of negligence claim against firm to go to trial – Legal Futures

‘A law firm now part of consolidator Metamorph Law has been only partially successful in striking out a claim over how it advised a client on his clinical negligence case.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2021

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Mishcon fined £25,000 over football transfer payments – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 1st, 2021 in banking, fines, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority, sport, third parties by tracey

‘London firm Mishcon de Reya has been fined £25,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for failing to prevent payments being made into and from the client account to pay third parties involved in football transfers.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th October 2021

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Law firm first to sell advice using cryptocurrency tokens – Legal Futures

Posted October 27th, 2021 in cryptocurrencies, fees, law firms, news by sally

‘A law firm based in Bristol will auction two and a half hours of chargeable time next month in the form of three unique cryptocurrency tokens.’

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Legal Futures, 27th October 2021

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City giant to face trial over alleged conflicts of interest – Legal Futures

Posted October 25th, 2021 in banking, conflict of interest, fraud, law firms, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘City giant Hogan Lovells only achieved partial success in a bid for summary judgment over complaints that it had multiple conflicts of interest while acting for a Ukrainian tycoon.’

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Legal Futures, 25th October 2021

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HMP Leeds death could have been prevented by information sharing – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2021 in coroners, death in custody, inquests, law firms, mental health, news, prisons, solicitors, suicide by tracey

‘A prisoner may not have died if information was passed on about his suicidal thoughts, a coroner has said.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2021

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Court throws out claim over law firm’s “trivial” data breach – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has imposed indemnity costs on a family that claimed damages for distress after a law firm accidentally sent an email about outstanding school fees to the wrong person.’

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Legal Futures, 21st October 2021

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