CA quashes paralegal’s “unfair” contempt sentence – Legal Futures

‘It was “manifestly unfair” for a circuit judge to issue a paralegal with a suspended six-month prison sentence for inadvertently breaching the Family Procedure Rules, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 17th September 2019

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Unhappy paralegal refused discrimination claim rerun – Legal Futures

Posted August 27th, 2019 in disability discrimination, news, paralegals, retrials by sally

‘An employment tribunal has refused to reconsider a decision that comprehensively rejected a disability discrimination claim brought by a paralegal who worked for well-known personal injury firm Ralli.’

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Legal Futures, 27th August 2019

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Tribunal rejects paralegal’s disability discrimination claim – Legal Futures

‘An employment tribunal has comprehensively rejected a disability discrimination claim brought by a paralegal who worked for well-known personal injury firm Ralli.’

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Legal Futures, 5th July 2019

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Paralegal jailed for swindling money from clients’ estates – Legal Futures

Posted April 23rd, 2019 in fraud, guilty pleas, news, paralegals, probate, sentencing by sally

‘A paralegal who stole £70,000 from people’s estates to splash out on designer clothes and handbags has been jailed for more than three years.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd April 2019

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Victim of senior partner’s f-word tirades awarded £47,000 – Legal Futures

‘A paralegal subjected to f-word tirades by the senior partner of a London law firm has been awarded £47,000 by an employment tribunal – less than 5% of the value of her claim.’

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Legal Futures, 5th April 2019

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Supervising solicitor “told paralegal to lie” to barrister – Legal Futures

Posted February 8th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, news, paralegals, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘An experienced personal injury paralegal who lied to a barrister and legal expenses insurer “on instruction from her supervising solicitor” has been banned from working for law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 8th February 2019

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Lawyers “must make way” for justice innovation to take hold – Legal Futures

Posted February 8th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, legal profession, legal services, news, paralegals by sally

‘A report on global access to legal services has identified established legal professions led by lawyers as a block to progress and urged them to step aside in favour of non-lawyer leaders who can be relied on to bring in necessary reforms without self-interest.’

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Legal Futures, 8th February 2019

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Employment tribunal vindicates law firm’s denial that former employee was disabled – Legal Futures

‘A judge has dismissed a claim by a law firm paralegal that he was the victim of disability discrimination, finding he had “dishonestly” altered a document about his medical condition and that, in any case, he had not told his employer about his supposed post-traumatic stress disorder.’

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Legal Futures, 18th April 2018

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Paralegal subjected to f-word tirades by senior partner wins harassment claims – Legal Futures

‘A paralegal who was subjected to a “long accumulation of abuse” by the senior partner of a London law firm was the victim of harassment on the grounds of age and sex, an employment tribunal has found.’

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Legal Futures, 1st March 2018

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Solicitor, paralegal and others face contempt of court trial over “fraudulent” PI claim – Legal Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in contempt of court, fraud, news, paralegals, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor, paralegal, GP and claims management company owner are all set to face committal proceedings for contempt of court shortly over an alleged fraudulent personal injury claim.’

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Legal Futures, 1st February 2018

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Give paralegals rights of audience “so they can do more legal aid work” – Legal Futures

Posted January 4th, 2018 in legal aid, legal representation, news, paralegals, rights of audience by sally

‘Paralegals should be given rights of audience to enable them to do more legal aid work, an academic has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 4th January 2018

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Paralegal wins employment tribunal claim for £14,000 bonus from personal injury firm – Legal Futures

Posted September 5th, 2017 in contracts, employment, employment tribunals, law firms, news, paralegals by sally

‘A paralegal employed by a personal injury firm under an oral contract was entitled to a bonus payment worth almost £14,000, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 5th September 2017

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Paralegal who pretended to be a barrister to defraud cancer-sufferer jailed for eight years – Legal Futures

Posted August 24th, 2017 in fraud, impersonating a barrister, news, paralegals, sentencing by sally

‘A paralegal who pretended to be a barrister with several people, including a terminal cancer sufferer he tricked out of her life savings, has been sent to jail for eight years.’

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Legal Futures, 24th August 2017

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Solicitors, trainee and paralegal jailed after landmark convictions for insurance fraud conspiracy – Legal Futures

Posted April 10th, 2017 in fraud, insurance, news, paralegals, police, sentencing, solicitors by sally

‘Two solicitors, a trainee and a paralegal are among six men who have today been jailed for a total of 13 and a half years at Liverpool Crown Court for insurance fraud that cost victims £426,000.’

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Legal Futures, 7th April 2017

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Barristers who outsource work must avoid referral fees, Bar Council warns – Legal Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in barristers, contracting out, fees, news, paralegals by sally

‘Barristers who outsource work must not “ask for or accept” any payment from third parties, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd February 2016

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Outsourcing and use of litigation assistants – Bar Council

‘Purpose: To assist barristers regarding the rules and their ethical obligations relating to outsourcing and the use of litigation assistants.’

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Bar Council, 17 February 2016

Source: http://www.barcouncil.org.uk

‘Going into legal aid work now is career suicide’ – The Guardian

‘Government cuts to legal aid means social welfare lawyers are a dying breed. So where will the next generation come from? Step up the Justice First Fellowship.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DPP boosts support for victims by moving staff to Crown Courts – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 11th, 2015 in Crown Court, Crown Prosecution Service, news, paralegals, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Alison Saunders, is boosting the support offered to victims and witnesses at Crown Court proceedings by ensuring that the vital service offered by our dedicated CPS paralegal staff is provided exactly where it is needed – at court where the victims and witnesses are.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 11th September 2015

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Paralegals could damage solicitor ‘brand’ – survey – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Paralegals who qualify as solicitors without completing a formal training contract could damage the solicitor ‘brand’, according to a survey by Leeds Law Society.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st March 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Paralegal hopes to be first solicitor admitted through ‘equivalent means’ route – Legal Futures

‘Paralegal Shaun Lawler has said he hopes to be the first solicitor admitted to the profession through the ‘equivalent means’ route rather a traditional training contract.’

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Legal Futures, 20th March 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com