MP to report Carter-Ruck to Law Society over attempt to gag Guardian – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, law firms, media, news, parliament by sally

“The law firm at the centre of the an unprecedented attempt by a British oil trading firm to prevent the Guardian reporting parliamentary proceedings is to be reported to the Law Society, it emerged today.”

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The Guardian, 14th October 2009

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Law Society report backs role for self-regulation – Legal Week

Posted October 6th, 2009 in law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

“Major law firms should take a major step towards regulating themselves, according to Lord Hunt of Wirral’s report on the regulation of the profession.”

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Legal Week, 5th October 2009

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After years of over-charging, City lawyers could face tough justice – The Independent

Posted September 28th, 2009 in law firms, news by sally

“Opportunistic city lawyers who over-charge their clients face tough new rules aimed at tackling the excesses and mismanagement of corporate law firms, under proposals to be published this week. The crackdown on the City’s legal profession comes after growing concerns that regulators have failed to deal with abuses at multi-million pound law firms.”

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The Independent, 28th September 2009

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Law firms enjoy vintage year despite dip in profits – The Times

Posted September 1st, 2009 in law firms, news by sally

“Britain’s biggest law firms suffered a dip in profits for the first time in a decade last year but still enjoyed one of their best years, earning more than £4 billion.”

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The Times, 31st August 2009

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Regional law firms take severe steps to cut costs – The Times

Posted July 21st, 2009 in law firms, news by sally

“Britain’s leading regional law firms, suffering even more severely from the downturn in the legal services market than their London rivals, are imposing drastic cost-cutting measures in an attempt to stave off further job losses.”

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The Times, 21st July 2009

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Legal aid tendering proposals postponed – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2009 in law firms, legal aid, news, tenders by sally

“Ministers have postponed plans to make law firms bid for criminal legal aid work.”

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The Independent, 21st July 2009

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Lawyers will launch £50m ‘litigation fund’ – The Times

Posted July 20th, 2009 in costs, law firms, news by sally

“Three lawyers are planning the flotation of a £50m fund that will make money by financing legal disputes and sharing in any damages awarded.”

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The Times, 19th July 2009

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Solicitors take advantage of LDP rules while the bar still lags behind – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 6th, 2009 in barristers, law firms, legal disciplinary practices, news by sally

“Three months after Legal Services Act 2007 reforms took effect, solicitors have gained the ‘upper hand’ over the bar, with 61 firms becoming legal disciplinary practices (LDPs).”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd July 2009

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Lawyers claim bidding system for criminal defence work may be illegal – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2009 in law firms, legal aid, news, tenders by sally

“Government proposals to introduce competitive tendering for criminal defence work will ‘savagely reduce’ the number of firms, lawyers say, and may be unlawful in their disproportionate impact on minority lawyers.”

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The Guardian, 21st June 2009

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UK legal industry faces loss of 10,000 lawyers – The Times

Posted June 15th, 2009 in law firms, news by sally

“As many as 10,000 lawyers could be out of work in the UK in the next two years as the legal business faces its worst slump in decades.”

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The Times, 15th June 2009

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Defence fee caps will be final blow for legal aid, practitioners say – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 12th, 2009 in law firms, legal aid, news by sally

“Government proposals to cap payments made to acquitted defendants who have paid privately for their defence are the ‘final nail in the coffin’ of criminal legal aid firms, a leading practitioner group has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette. 11th June 2009

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Bar Council calls on firms to fund civil litigation – Legal Week

Posted June 4th, 2009 in law firms, legal aid, news by sally

“City law firms could help fund some civil litigation cases as part of sweeping proposals to overhaul litigation funding mechanisms in the UK.”

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Legal Week, 4th June 2009

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City law firms to suffer in weaker market – The Times

Posted May 26th, 2009 in law firms, news by sally

“Businesses are deserting the ‘magic circle’ and other City law firms in favour of cheaper alternatives as the legal market continues to struggle with weaker demand, a study has found.”

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The Times, 20th May 2009

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Lawyers face calls to give business free service – The Times

Posted May 20th, 2009 in law firms, news by sally

“Banks and other cash-strapped businesses are putting pressure on law firms by calling for the services of junior lawyers free of charge during the downturn.”

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The Times, 20th May 2009

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Lord Hunt outlines vision for regulation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 8th, 2009 in disciplinary procedures, law firms, Law Society, news by sally

“The peer tasked by Chancery Lane with reviewing legal regulation says that only ‘minor’ adjustments to the Law Society’s internal governance may be required to yield ‘enormous benefit’ for the regulation of law firms.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th May 2009

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Linklaters wins €50m negligence claim – The Times

Posted April 22nd, 2009 in law firms, negligence, news by sally

“Linklaters, the ‘magic circle’ law firm, today ducked a multimillion-pound payout after defeating one of the largest negligence claims ever brought against a UK law firm.”

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The Times, 21st April 2009

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Redundancy in the City: painful lessons for the big beasts – The Times

Posted April 2nd, 2009 in law firms, news, redundancy by sally

“Simon Davies, Linklaters’ managing partner, says that the good times will return to big City firms – but in a different guise.”

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The Times, 2nd April 2009

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Law firms to allow non-lawyer partners – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 31st, 2009 in law firms, news, partnerships by sally

“Measures to improve the service that legal firms can give to consumers come into effect today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 31st March 2009

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Corporate law work ‘is the next regulatory hazard’ – The Guardian

Posted March 30th, 2009 in law firms, news by sally

“The next scandal of regulatory failure could occur in the legal sector, if tougher action is not taken to regulate the work of corporate law firms, a report has warned.”

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The Guardian, 30th March 2009

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Revealed: law firms costing NHS millions – The Times

Posted March 30th, 2009 in fees, law firms, news by sally

“The law firm Irwin Mitchell has topped a league table of clinical negligence lawyers paid the most by the NHS, picking up almost £11m in fees and costs last year from compensation claims by patients.”

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The Times, 29th March 2009

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