AG tells government lawyers to be more like those in private practice – Legal Futures

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in government departments, legal advice, legal profession, news by tracey

‘New guidance on the advice given by government lawyers aims to instil a more “private sector” approach to client service seen in law firms, the Attorney General said yesterday. Suella Braverman said she wanted to move away from the “computer says no” response that has “hampered” ministers.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Make legal advice available at GP surgeries and libraries, says think tank – Legal Futures

Posted May 23rd, 2022 in civil justice, doctors, legal advice, libraries, local government, news by sally

‘Making legal advice available at GP surgeries, council offices, libraries and other convenient locations can help more people get more “timely” access to civil justice, according to a think tank report published today.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd May 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal professional privilege in the UK – OUT-LAW.com

‘If a document is privileged, the basic position is it can be withheld from third parties.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th May 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Home secretary Priti Patel overrode legal advice in asylum cases, adding to record costs – The Independent

‘Priti Patel has repeatedly overridden Home Office legal advice on immigration and asylum cases, adding to record costs for the taxpayer, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 15th May 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Negligence claim brought over negligence claim to proceed – Legal Futures

Posted January 18th, 2022 in appeals, legal advice, negligence, news, sale of land, summary judgments, valuation by tracey

‘A claimant suing his solicitors for negligence in how they pursued a claim for negligence against other solicitors has failed in his application for permission to appeal a ruling that refused summary judgment in his favour.’

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Legal futures, 18th January 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Defensive Advising Strategies 3: Risk Bargaining Between Adviser and Client – Wilberforce Chambers

Posted November 2nd, 2021 in barristers, fees, legal advice, news by sally

‘The concept of “risk bargaining” is not a term of art. However, I am sure that risk bargaining, as I describe it below, is something well-known to experienced professional advisers in their dealings with their clients.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, 7th October 2021

Source: www.wilberforce.co.uk

When is an order under s48 AJA appropriate? That’s a matter of opinions – Wilberforce Chambers

Posted November 2nd, 2021 in interpretation, legal advice, news, trusts, wills by sally

‘S48(1) of the Administration of Justice Act 1985 empowers the High Court to authorise personal representatives or trustees to take action on the basis of counsel’s opinion where any question of construction has arisen out of the terms of a will or trust. The opinion must be given by counsel with a minimum of 10-years High Court qualification. If so authorised, the personal representative or trustee will be protected from liability for mismanagement of the estate or breach of trust.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, 21st October 2021

Source: www.wilberforce.co.uk

Law Society report hits out at “vanishing” civil legal aid – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 5th, 2021 in budgets, civil justice, legal advice, legal aid, news by sally

‘People living in areas without a major city are particularly badly hit by “vanishing” availability of civil legal aid across housing, welfare, education, community care and immigration, the Law Society has claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th October 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Research: “Billions could be saved” by funding more legal advice – Legal Futures

Posted September 28th, 2021 in budgets, debts, health, housing, legal advice, news by sally

‘The Treasury could save billions of pounds a year if more public money is put into specialist legal advice, according to new research.’

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Legal Futures, 28th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Child sex offender loses appeal based on inadequate legal advice – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected the claim that a man convicted of a sexual offence after a police officer posed online as a child was given inadequate legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 8th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal lifeline for people in need – Ministry of Justice

‘People who have fallen on hard times during the pandemic will be helped by extra funding for free legal advice, the government has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st July 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Modern slavery survivors at higher risk of being re-trafficked due to barriers accessing legal advice, finds report – The Independent

‘Modern slavery survivors in England face “significant barriers” to accessing legal advice, leaving them at higher risk of being re-trafficked, according to new research.’

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The Independent, 19th May 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Breaching Legal Advice Privilege – Family Law Week

‘Henry Clayton, barrister of 4PB, considers the circumstances in which documents which purport to be privileged are, in fact, admissible.’

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Family Law Week, 14th January 2021

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Judge fines trio who provided unregulated legal advice – Legal Futures

Posted January 7th, 2021 in company directors, compensation, fines, immigration, legal advice, legal services, news by tracey

‘Directors from two legal businesses which generated £2.5m in fees by providing unregulated immigration advice have been fined nearly £17,000 and ordered to pay over £28,000 in compensation.’

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Legal Futures, 7th January 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk