Hybrid working is here to stay – but HR policies vary widely – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 9th, 2023 in employment, flexible working, law firms, news by tracey

‘Hybrid working is here to stay but HR policies still vary widely. Some law firms incentivise staff to “come in”, but does this risk alienating people by creating a “them and us” workplace?’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th August 2023

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Taskforce to pursue lawyers who ‘coach’ clients to lie on UK asylum applications – The Guardian

‘Lawyers who “coach” people to lie in their asylum applications will be targeted as part of a new government-led panel tasked with pursuing more prosecutions.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2023

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Law firms risk claims without safeguards for generative AI – Legal Futures

Posted August 7th, 2023 in artificial intelligence, law firms, negligence, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Law firms must either introduce “safeguards that include human oversight” to authenticate AI-generated content or “expect an increased exposure” to negligence claims, a leading law firm has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 7th August 2023

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High Court removes privilege in fraud claim involving top law firm – Legal Futures

Posted August 2nd, 2023 in disclosure, documents, fraud, insolvency, law firms, legal profession, news, privilege by sally

‘Legal professional privilege should not apply in a case where there is a “very good arguable case” that a client used global firm DLA Piper’s services to assist a fraud, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2023

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Solicitors “should get empathy training”, LSB research suggests – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors should get training in “soft skills/empathy” as part of their continuing professional development (CPD), research for the Legal Services Board (LSB) has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2023

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Watchdog shuts three solicitors firms accused in asylum sting – The Guardian

‘Three law firms in England accused of wrongdoing in dealing with asylum applications have been shut down by the solicitors’ watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2023

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Firm wins £2.5m claim after client assigns loan to pay outstanding fees – Legal futures

Posted July 31st, 2023 in assignment, fees, law firms, loans, news by tracey

‘A London law firm that took an assignment of nearly £2.5m owed to a client to pay its fees has been granted summary judgment by the High Court.’

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Legal Futures, 31st July 2023

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Sunak “undermining trust in lawyers”, says Bar Council – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Council has accused Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of undermining trust in the profession by claiming that a “subset of lawyers” are exploiting illegal migrants for profit.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2023

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Law firm’s “implausible” €1.4m claim against bank thrown out – Legal Futures

Posted July 24th, 2023 in banking, fees, law firms, news by tracey

‘The High Court has granted a leading bank summary judgment on an “inherently implausible” €1.4bn (£1.2bn) claim for an introduction fee brought by a US law firm.’

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Legal Futures, 24th July 2023

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City practice is first law firm to obtain ISO diversity certification – Legal Futures

Posted July 21st, 2023 in diversity, equality, law firms, news by tracey

‘City firm CMS UK has become the first law firm to be awarded the new ISO 30415 diversity and inclusion certification.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2023

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Judge lambasts City firm over costs bill – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 21st, 2023 in budgets, case management, construction industry, contracts, costs, law firms, news by tracey

‘A City firm has been lambasted by a judge for a costs bill fiasco which saw clients applying for relief at the High Court.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th July 2023

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CA rejects latest challenge to costs deduction from damages – Legal Futures

Posted July 17th, 2023 in appeals, damages, fees, law firms, news, personal injuries, solicitors, time limits by tracey

‘The time for a client to challenge a solicitor’s deduction from their damages runs from the time the deduction is made, without the client having to agree the specific amount, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 17th July 2023

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Law firms urged to ‘focus on what really works’ to tackle gender inequality – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 17th, 2023 in diversity, equality, gender, law firms, news, sex discrimination, statistics, women by tracey

‘Law firms have been urged to focus on what actually works when it comes to tackling gender inequality, after a survey found most female legal professionals believe measures adopted by their organisations to be ineffective.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th July 2023

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“Women will suffer” warning as CA hears divorce costs funding case – Legal Futures

Posted July 12th, 2023 in appeals, costs, divorce, families, family courts, law firms, news, statistics, women by sally

‘The future of litigation funding in divorce cases – which new figures from law firms show mainly benefits women – is in the balance as the Court of Appeal hears a crucial appeal.’

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Legal Futures, 12th July 2023

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“AI won’t replace lawyers – so long as they embrace it,” says top City firm – Legal Futures

‘Generative artificial intelligence (AI) will not replace lawyers, but lawyers who use it will replace those who do not, the head of lawtech at a leading City law firm has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2023

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Legal firms urged to strengthen cyber defences with latest guidance from experts – The Bar Council

Posted June 23rd, 2023 in barristers, computer crime, computer programs, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The updated report from the NCSC highlights the key threats that the UK legal sector face and how to improve cyber security.’

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The Bar Council, 22nd June 2023

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Firm called in to review bar’s struggling enforcement system – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 22nd, 2023 in barristers, enforcement, law firms, news, standards by tracey

‘International firm Fieldfisher LLP has been given the job of assessing whether the under-fire system for punishing errant barristers is fit for purpose.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st June 2023

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‘Pitiful’ collusion claim against firm thrown out in High Court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 22nd, 2023 in fraud, law firms, negligence, news, pleadings, striking out by tracey

‘A High Court judge has thrown out allegations of collusion and negligence against a law firm after agreeing that the case was “going nowhere”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st June 2023

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Ex-One Legal staff given pay award over redundancy without notice – Legal Futures

‘Sixty-four former employees of One Legal – the alternative business structure that owned two criminal law firms – have been granted full protective awards because they were made redundant without notice.’

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Legal Futures, 21st June 2023

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Appeal judges uphold law firm’s entitlement to £300,000 fixed fee – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2023 in appeals, fees, law firms, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld an award of £300,000 to a small central London law firm owed under a retainer which the client had claimed was not payable as the transaction it advised on did not go ahead.’

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Legal Futures, 16th June 2023

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