Minister seeking advice from lawyers who helped defeat Rwanda scheme – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2023 in asylum, attorney general, barristers, government departments, legal advice, news by michael

‘Barristers’ chambers whose lawyers helped defeat the Rwanda scheme at the supreme court have been approached by the attorney general’s office to advise on the next steps for the plans, in a highly unusual move.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2023

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Safeguarding vulnerable clients: Guidance on best practice in England and Wales – Mills & Reeve

‘A recent case heard by the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal has highlighted the complexities around how solicitors interact with vulnerable clients, particularly in matters involving conflicts of interest, mental capacity, and undue influence. This case offers an opportunity for some cross-border analysis between England and Wales and consideration of what best practice looks like in such a situation.’

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Mills & Reeve, 20th November 2023

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Emphasis on sanctions compliance legal advice record-keeping under new licence – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government has granted a general licence to enable UK lawyers to provide legal advice to non-UK individuals and businesses in relation to their compliance with international sanctions on Russia, without breaching UK sanctions regulations themselves.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd August 2023

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New free legal advice for people facing eviction or repossession – Ministry of Justice

‘A new government-backed scheme providing free legal advice to help 38,000 people a year at risk of losing their home launches today (1 August).’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st August 2023

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Free legal advice aims to help thousands of people facing eviction each year – The Independent

Posted August 1st, 2023 in bills, homelessness, housing, legal advice, news, repossession, statistics by sally

‘The launch comes not long after the latest statistics showed households and children in temporary accommodation in England are at record highs.’

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The Independent, 31st July 2023

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Unrepresented claimant wins appeal against lawyers over house sale – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 20th, 2023 in appeals, law centres, legal advice, negligence, news, sale of land, service charges by tracey

‘An unrepresented claimant has won her appeal against lawyers in a negligence case described by the judge as a “stark example” of how attempts to hasten a victory go wrong.

Opening his judgment in Anna Christie v Mary Ward Legal Centre and Anor, The Honourable Mr Justice Turner said: “There is no shortage of civil cases in which well-intentioned attempts to hasten victory have had the very opposite effect. This case is a stark example of what can happen when things go wrong.”‘

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th July 2023

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Acting for “environment-harming” clients “not about access to justice” – Legal Futures

Posted June 13th, 2023 in civil justice, environmental protection, law firms, legal advice, news by sally

‘Decisions taken by law firms to act for clients, including “environment-harming” fossil fuel companies and others, are not about access to justice or legal ethics, a leading academic has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 13th June 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Drug dealer not “pressurised to plead guilty” by lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted May 4th, 2023 in drug offences, legal advice, negligence, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim from a convicted drug dealer that he was “pressurised” to plead guilty by “negligent advice” from his lawyers.’

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Legal Futures, 4th May 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB looks to beef up regulatory response to misuse of NDAs – Legal Futures

‘The need for a “strengthened and harmonised regulatory approach” to tackle the misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) is being probed by the Legal Services Board.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd May 2023

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CA upholds dismissal of £40m claim against tax QC – Legal Futures

Posted May 2nd, 2023 in barristers, film industry, legal advice, negligence, news, taxation by tracey

‘The High Court was right to dismiss a £40m negligence claim against a leading tax barrister over advice he provided on three film financing schemes, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd May 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The Number of People Held in Prison Waiting To be Transferred to Immigration Centres has Tripled – Each Other

Posted November 2nd, 2022 in detention, human rights, immigration, legal advice, legal aid, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘While the number of people held in Immigration Removal Centres (IRC) fell as a result of the pandemic, the number of people detained in prisons for immigration reasons increased. A freedom of information response obtained by the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has revealed a concerning rise in the numbers of people held in prisons under immigration powers, awaiting transfers to an IRC.’

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Each Other, 2nd November 2022

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Pilot early advice for child arrangements ‘without delay’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Early legal advice on child arrangements should be piloted as part of ambitious reforms that will help to resolve more disputes away from court, an influential thinktank has recommended.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th October 2022

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Incorrect precedent led to wrong ground rent advice for 115 clients – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who gave 115 clients the wrong advice about the ground rent provisions in the leases of properties they were buying – because of an incorrect precedent – has been fined £15,000.’

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Legal Futures, 10th October 2022

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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