Alerter by Kathleen Donnelly and Thomas Evans – No Relief from Missed Cut-Off Date – Henderson Chambers

Posted May 18th, 2022 in chambers articles, delay, news, solicitors, time limits by sally

‘Claimants who missed the cut-off date for joining the VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation were refused relief from sanction in Baker & Ors v VWAG & Ors [2022] EWHC 810 (QB).’

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Henderson Chambers, 9th May 2022

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Identity of person instructing solicitors not covered by privilege – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected a company’s claim to litigation privilege over the identity of who instructed its lawyers.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2022

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Judge blasts ‘wasteful’ lawyers who filed 6,000-page bundles – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 16th, 2022 in costs, judges, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A High Court judge has issued a stern rebuke to lawyers who ran up massive costs and lumbered the court with voluminous bundles.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th May 2022

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Solicitors lose appeal over £2m invoice charged through DBA – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 13th, 2022 in appeals, costs, damages, insolvency, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt by solicitors to secure a £2m payment from an insolvent client for work carried out on a damages based agreement.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th May 2022

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‘We will sue the pants off them’: outrage over LAA announcement – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 13th, 2022 in criminal justice, law firms, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Legal Aid Agency has sparked panic among the criminal defence community by announcing that some providers could lose out on work when new contracts begin this autumn. One firm, for which legal aid comprises 60% of its workload, told the Gazette that it could go out of business.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th May 2022

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SRA disciplinary decisions could stay in public domain for longer – Legal Futures

‘Details of disciplinary and other regulatory action taken by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) could be published for longer than the current three years to combat misinformation online, it said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2022

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Litigant banned over ‘unjustified’ complaints to regulators – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A former nurse who made “wholly inappropriate and unjustified allegations of wrongdoing” against lawyers has been banned from bringing proceedings for two years by a High Court judge, who said regulators must be “astute in identifying litigants who abusively use [the] regulatory process”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th May 2022

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Lawyers limit community care cases “to help firms stay afloat” – Legal Futures

‘Community care lawyers are limiting the amount and type of legal aid work they do to ensure that their firms remain financially viable, a report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 6th May 2022

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Minister: Reforms “not exactly” what criminal legal aid review said – Legal Futures

Posted April 28th, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Justice minister James Cartlidge has admitted to MPs that the government’s response to an independent review of criminal legal aid was “not exactly” what its author, Sir Christopher Bellamy, proposed.’

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Legal Futures, 28th April 2022

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Litigator’s claim against ex-firm struck out for unless order failure – Legal Futures

‘A civil litigator with experience of employment disputes has had an unfair dismissal claim against his former firm struck out for failing to comply with an unless order.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2022

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Case Comment: Bott & Co Solicitors v Ryanair DAC [2022] UKSC 8 – UKSC Blog

Posted April 5th, 2022 in airlines, compensation, delay, fees, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘The case brought by Bott & Co Solicitors (“Bott”) against Ryanair DAC (“Ryanair”) concerns the extent of the solicitor’s equitable lien, a remedy that has been recognised by the courts for over two hundred years.’

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UKSC Blog, 1st April 2022

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GPs attack “bullying” solicitors over Covid exemption letters – Legal Futures

Posted March 29th, 2022 in coronavirus, doctors, news, solicitors, vaccination by sally

‘The British Medical Association (BMA) has accused solicitors of bullying GPs by threatening legal action if the doctor does not provide a Covid vaccination exemption for their client.’

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Legal Futures, 29th March 2022

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Court of Appeal issues reminder that funding arrangements need to comply with strict rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 28th, 2022 in appeals, assignment, champerty, damages, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The English and Welsh Court of Appeal has handed down a judgment which should act as a reminder for law firms that any innovative funding arrangements must comply with statutory rules or risk being declared void.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th March 2022

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Judge terminates appointment of guardian who criticised solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted March 23rd, 2022 in children, electronic mail, guardianship, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘A circuit judge has terminated the appointment of the guardian of a young child in care proceedings after he criticised the father’s solicitor in a letter to the law firm’s head of department.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd March 2022

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Bott urges solicitors to put all defendants on notice of equitable lien – Legal Futures

Posted March 18th, 2022 in airlines, appeals, compensation, delay, fees, law firms, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Litigators should now put defendants on notice at the start of any matter that they will enforce an equitable lien if necessary, the senior partner of Bott & Co has advised.’

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Legal Futures, 18th March 2022

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Firm to take champerty case to Supreme Court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 18th, 2022 in appeals, assignment, champerty, law firms, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by tracey

‘A London commercial firm will ask the Supreme Court to develop the common law of champerty after an appeal over the assignment of its now-deceased client’s claim was dismissed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th March 2022

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Breaking: Supreme Court backs solicitors over right to recover costs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 16th, 2022 in airlines, appeals, compensation, costs, delay, law firms, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Solicitors handling flight compensation claims had a right to their costs despite the airline trying to deal directly with their clients, the Supreme Court has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th March 2022

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CA upholds ban on solicitor taking assignment of client’s action – Legal Futures

Posted March 14th, 2022 in appeals, assignment, champerty, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The public policy behind the ban on a solicitor taking an assignment of their client’s cause of action prior to judgment holds good in the era of damages-based agreements (DBAs), the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal futures, 14th March 2022

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Court of Appeal declines to ‘develop’ common law of champerty – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 14th, 2022 in appeals, assignment, champerty, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A London law firm has lost an appeal over the assignment of a now-deceased client’s claim to his solicitors, with the Court of Appeal confirming that “a solicitor acting for a client in legal proceedings may not validly take an assignment of the client’s cause of action prior to judgment.” ’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th March 2022

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Solicitors and expert’s “serious trangressions” see evidence thrown out – Legal Futures

Posted March 8th, 2022 in evidence, expert witnesses, news, noise, nuisance, pollution, solicitors by tracey

‘A High Court master has revoked permission for the claimants in a group action to rely on an expert’s evidence because of “serious transgressions” by him and the group’s solicitors.’

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Legal Futures, 8th March 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk