‘Worse than LASPO’: housing disputes proposal divides profession – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 11th, 2020 in housing, landlord & tenant, legal services, news by tracey

‘A radical proposal by an influential human rights thinktank to resolve housing disputes – a sector blighted by “advice deserts” – has divided housing lawyers.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th March 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Report into Welsh council highlights monitoring officer also being its sole qualified childcare lawyer as example of risk of ‘all hands to the pumps’ approach – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 4th, 2020 in children, legal services, local government, news, solicitors, Wales by sally

‘A rapid assessment carried out by the Improvement and Assurance Board set up at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has highlighted a situation where the authority’s monitoring officer is also its sole qualified childcare lawyer and has additional responsibilities as an example of why it has significant concerns about the ability of the council to deal with ongoing practical issues.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd March 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Client “acted reasonably” in relying on incorrect advice – Legal Futures

‘An employer acted reasonably in relying on legal advice that the restrictive covenants on a new employee were unlikely to be enforceable, even though they proved to be, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd March 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Peer calls for regulation overhaul as CMA plans review – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor peer has urged the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to act now and simplify the legal regulatory regime, saying nothing will change if it is left to the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 26th February 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

“Redesign legal services” to make them more accessible – Legal Futures

Posted February 24th, 2020 in legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘The way legal services are provided needs to change to recognise that a large portion of the population struggles with the law and needs more help with accessing it, a report from the Legal Services Board (LSB) has urged.’

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Legal Futures, 24th February 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Litigators confident that work will remain post-Brexit – Litigation Futures

Posted February 6th, 2020 in brexit, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘Most litigation lawyers (57%) believe there will not be significant loss of work to other jurisdictions in the wake of Brexit, a survey has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th February 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Court of Appeal adopts dominant purpose test – Henderson Chambers

‘Copying in your lawyer or having them at a meeting, does not necessarily mean that legal advice privilege will apply – in a law-changing judgment, the Court of Appeal has adopted the dominant purpose test in relation to Legal Advice Privilege.’

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Henderson Chambers, 30th January 2020

Source: www.hendersonchambers.co.uk

Appeal court confirms ‘dominant purpose’ test for legal advice privilege – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) could not claim legal advice privilege over email correspondence which was predominantly conducted for the purposes of seeking commercial views, rather than legal advice, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th February 2020

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Important New Court of Appeal Decision on Legal Advice Privilege – Littleton Chambers

Posted February 4th, 2020 in disclosure, electronic mail, legal services, news, privilege by sally

‘The Court of Appeal decision on 28 January 2020 on legal advice privilege will be of significant interest to litigators and non-litigators alike. It will be particularly important for those responsible for disclosure reviews within litigation, and to organisations with in-house lawyers. Such was the significance of the issues at play that the Law Society sought, and was granted, leave to intervene in the appeal.’

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Littleton Chambers, 29th January 2020

Source: www.littletonchambers.com

Landlord Advice Companies in Litigation – Help or Hindrance? – Pallant Chambers

Posted February 4th, 2020 in landlord & tenant, legal services, news, third parties by sally

‘For individual landlords unfamiliar with the courts, recovering possession from tenants must often seem like a daunting proposition. It is therefore unsurprising that many such landlords turn to the wide variety of landlord advice companies that advertise support and assistance. These advice companies often offer different ‘packages’, ranging from simply drafting letters before action to pursuing possession orders right through to judgment.’

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Pallant Chambers, 30th January 2020

Source: www.pallantchambers.co.uk

Lawyers could be forced to sign up to comparison websites – Legal Futures

‘Law firms, chambers and other legal services providers could be forced to sign up to comparison websites so that clients can let others know about the quality of service they received.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd February 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal advice must be “dominant purpose” for privilege to apply – Legal Futures

‘Legal advice privilege (LAP) only applies where documents were created with the “dominant purpose” of seeking or providing legal advice, appeal judges have ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 29th January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Solicitors’ group tip-off leads to activist’s conviction – Legal Futures

‘A campaigner who used her email address as a committee member of the Solicitors International Human Rights Group (SIHRG) to conduct unlawful immigration law work was convicted this week.’

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Legal Futures, 15th January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

McKenzie Friends giving “biased and misleading” online advice – Legal Futures

‘McKenzie Friends are giving “biased and misleading” advice to vulnerable family litigants, an academic study of online posts has found.’

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Legal Futures, 11th December 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal sector to shed thousands of jobs in coming years – Legal Futures

Posted December 10th, 2019 in employment, law firms, legal services, news by sally

‘The legal services sector is to shed 13,000 jobs in the decade to 2027 – with a further 22,000 at risk if technology brings radical change to the workforce, research for the Law Society has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 10th December 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Ep 98: AI: Opportunity or Threat? – Law Pod UK

Posted November 19th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, legal profession, legal services, news, podcasts by sally

‘There should be a distinction between AI and algorithms being tools for lawyers as opposed to lawyers and laws being the tools for the use of AI. The huge emancipatory opportunities offered by technology could be lost if we don’t get on top of it and allow it to overtake us, as we subject ourselves to all its processes. Rosalind English talks to Emily Foges, CEO of Luminance, an Artificial Intelligence programme for the legal profession, about the practical applications of algorithms to the law. How can we avail ourselves of the codes before the codes manage us?’

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Law Pod UK, 18th November 2019

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Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, The Chancellor of the High Court: the annual COMBAR lecture – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, The Chancellor of the High Court: the annual COMBAR lecture.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th November 2019

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Exclusive: CMA ramps up pressure on Bar Standards Board – Legal Futures

Posted November 6th, 2019 in barristers, competition, internet, legal services, news by sally

‘The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ramped up the pressure on the Bar Standards Board (BSB) over its decision to stop funding the cross-regulator Legal Choices website.’

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Legal Futures, 6th November 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Mega-survey highlights need to grow “legal confidence” – Legal Futures

‘The largest legal needs survey ever run in England and Wales shows what a difference professional advice and ‘legal confidence’ among consumers makes to the outcome of their matters.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Blockchain offers the law “enormous opportunities” – Legal Futures

Posted October 24th, 2019 in contracts, conveyancing, electronic commerce, legal services, news, probate by sally

‘The buzz around distributed ledger technology (DLT), including blockchain, is much more than hype and the tech will eventually transform conveyancing and probate, an academic specialising in innovation has indicated.’

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Legal Futures, 24th October 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk