Can the tables ever be turned: when can professionals sue their clients for breaching duties to them? by Helen Evans KC – 4 New Square Chambers

‘When professionals are sued, it’s not unusual for them to make an assertion that their clients were “up to something”, or to complain that they had provided wilfully misleading or incomplete instructions.’

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4 New Square Chambers, 7th December 2022

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More cash for solicitors? Not the right thing to do – Raab – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lord chancellor Dominic Raab has signalled that he will not be announcing extra cash for solicitors when the government’s response to the Bellamy legal aid review is published next week.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd November 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Burnett: “I can’t magic up lawyers to help reduce Crown Court backlog” – Legal Futures

‘It will be “very difficult” for the Crown Court to achieve the government’s target of reducing the backlog to 53,000 cases by 2025, the Lord Chief Justice has warned MPs.’

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Legal Futures, 9th November 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB promises regulators “greater autonomy” in performance regime – Legal Futures

Posted November 8th, 2022 in legal profession, Legal Services Board, news, standards by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has promised the frontline legal regulators “greater autonomy” in the framework it will use to assess regulators’ progress.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

What type of property is crypto? With Rob Kellar KC – Law Pod UK

Posted November 3rd, 2022 in cryptocurrencies, legal profession, news, podcasts by sally

‘What type of legal property is cryptocurrency? How might the law deal with NFTs? Do any of these new assets require lawyers? Dive into the future with Rosalind English and Robert Kellar KC, as they consider the UK Law Commission’s Digital Assets consultation paper.’

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Law Pod UK, 2nd November 2022

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Mothers in law still struggle to juggle despite more supportive employers – Legal Futures

Posted October 31st, 2022 in children, families, law firms, legal profession, news, statistics, women by tracey

‘The vast majority of mothers (84%) working in the law still find it difficult to balance working life with the demands of being a mother, despite some signs of progress.’

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Legal Futures, 31st October 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bio Age “likely to impact legal practice” amid global climate change – Legal Futures

‘A report into the so-called bio age, presumed successor to the digital age, has painted a picture of a world in which innovations in bio-technology and the role of global ecosystems have a huge impact on legal practice.’

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legal Futures, 28th October 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

‘Enablers’ in spotlight as economic crime bill takes next step – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The role of “professional enablers” in white-collar crime is set to come under new scrutiny this week as the government’s Economic Crime and Transparency Bill enters its next parliamentary stage. Ministers are expected to come under pressure to accept amendments that would lower the threshold for the prosecution of individuals for corporate crimes and to create new “failure to prevent” offences.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th October 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Family lawyers and judges “need menopause training” – Legal Futures

‘A large majority of women (76%) who have experienced divorce or separation and the menopause believe family lawyers and judges should have training on the issue so they can “factor it into their cases”.’

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Legal Futures, 21st October 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Family lawyers and judges “need menopause training” – Legal Futures

‘A large majority of women (76%) who have experienced divorce or separation and the menopause believe family lawyers and judges should have training on the issue so they can “factor it into their cases”.’

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Legal Futures, 21st October 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB to urge regulatory action in bid to strengthen professional ethics – Legal Futures

‘A greater focus on professional ethics among law students and qualified lawyers, with stronger supervision by regulators, is needed to uphold the rule of law, the Legal Services Board has said.’

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Legal Futures, 21st October 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judiciary in England and Wales ‘institutionally racist’, says report – The Guardian

‘The judiciary in England and Wales is “institutionally racist”, with more than half of legal professionals surveyed claiming to have witnessed a judge acting in a racially biased way, according to a report.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

SRA “should police anti-money laundering across UK legal sector” – Legal Futures

‘A Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) with “beefed up” powers should be the single body policing money laundering across the UK legal sector, a report has recommended.’

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Legal Futures, 18th October 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Approaches to diversity, technology and adding value are the three most pressing issues for 2022 for legal profession, says senior judge – Local Government Lawyer

‘The three most pressing issues for the legal profession in 2022 are its approach to diversity, the adoption of new technologies, and the need to find ways to add value, the Master of the Rolls has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th October 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Closing speech by the Lord Chief Justice: 2022 Legal Wales Conference – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted October 12th, 2022 in judges, judiciary, legal profession, speeches, Wales by tracey

‘Closing speech by the Lord Chief Justice: 2022 Legal Wales Conference.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 10th October 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Lord Hodge, Guildhall Lecture – Supreme Court

‘Lord Hodge, Guildhall Lecture – The Rule of Law, the Courts and the British Economy.’

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Supreme Court, 4th October 2022

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Lawyers of the future “could face pressure to upgrade brains” – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers of the future could face pressure to augment their “cognitive capacity” through neurotechnology if they want to become partners or meet client demands, a report for the Law Society has speculated.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Judicial diversity – solicitor numbers continue to dwindle – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 15th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, judiciary, legal profession, news, solicitors, statistics, women by tracey

‘Latest judicial diversity statistics continue to paint a bleak picture for solicitors, with the percentage of non-barristers in post lower than it was in 2014.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th July 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Vulnerable clients struggle in face of “cold, clinical and chaotic” lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted June 21st, 2022 in complaints, disabled persons, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘Vulnerable clients are being disadvantaged by the “cold, clinical and chaotic manner” in which they are treated by some lawyers, a report for the Legal Services Board (LSB) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 21st June 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk