Cry freedom: SRA wants to become separate legal entity from Law Society – Legal Futures

‘Legal regulators have urged the Legal Services Board (LSB) to use its review of the internal governance rules (IGR) to give them greater independence from their representative bodies.’

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Legal Futures, 16th February 2018

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‘Dishonest’ would-be solicitor given new hearing to enter profession – Law Society Gazette

Posted February 14th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, disclosure, news, solicitors by michael

“A would-be solicitor has been granted a fresh hearing into her suitability to enter the profession after being denied the chance to explain herself in person.”

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Law Society Gaxette, 12th February 2018

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Court of Appeal: broadly-worded settlement clause precluded later claim for negligence – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 14th, 2018 in contracts, fees, interpretation, negligence, news, solicitors by michael

“A broadly-worded settlement clause between a London law firm which sued its former client for unpaid fees was sufficient to prevent a later claim for negligence, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th February 2018

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High Court: SRA should have held oral hearing before deciding not to admit would-be solicitor – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has ordered the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to make a fresh judgment of a would-be solicitor’s character and suitability to join the profession after finding that it had wrongly denied her an oral hearing to explain an issue that it decided showed dishonesty.’

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Legal Futures, 12th February 2018

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CoA rules £70m negligence claim blocked by settlement agreement – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 9th, 2018 in contracts, fees, interpretation, negligence, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that a firm cannot be sued for negligence after parties had signed a covenant as part of a settlement agreement.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th February 2018

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Costs judge calls for “authoritative guidance” on applications by former clients for their files – Litigation Futures

‘Authoritative guidance on whether clients can demand their full files from previous solicitors would help the Senior Courts Costs Office deal with the large number of applications it is facing, a costs judge has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd February 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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Court of Appeal allows ‘whistleblowing’ managing partner to sue former firm for £3.4m – Legal Futures

Posted January 29th, 2018 in appeals, constructive dismissal, law firms, news, solicitors, whistleblowers by sally

‘The ex-managing partner of a well-known law firm has won the right to sue his former firm for £3.4m under whistleblowing law.’

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Legal Futures, 29th January 2018

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Law Society joins battle over whether third-party capture insurer still has to pay solicitors’ costs – Litigation Futures

Posted January 29th, 2018 in appeals, costs, insurance, Law Society, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Law Society has been granted permission to intervene in the Supreme Court’s hearing of a case that made a major strike against the practice of third-party capture in personal injury.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th January 2018

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‘Only solicitors can determine what is a bill’ – High Court throws out challenge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 24th, 2018 in costs, documents, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The High Court has told a law firm’s former client that she was not entitled to treat a document included in a general file as a costs bill. The decision in the Sheffield District Registry of the High Court will be welcomed by firms seeking reassurance about the nature of costs bills and when they are to be considered as delivered.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th January 2018

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“Not unreasonable” for solicitors to switch from DBA to CFA shortly before trial – Litigation Futures

Posted January 19th, 2018 in costs, damages, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Claimants did not act unreasonably in switching funding from a damages-based agreement (DBA) to a conditional fee agreement (CFA) shortly before trial, even though the defendants are now facing a much larger bill, a costs judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th January 2018

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Bar chair: Separation remains for a reason – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘I’m sure every chair for the last several years has been asked to comment on a forthcoming fusion of professions,’ said Andrew Walker QC when asked whether the solicitor and barrister professions will maintain their separate status in years to come.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th January 2018

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Exclusive: Solicitors choose “practical and proportionate” BSB regulation in ABS first – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors setting up an alternative business structure (ABS) this month in Marlborough, Wiltshire, have chosen to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Legal Futures, 12th January 2018

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SDT issues mental health warning to employers in case of solicitor under billing pressure – Legal Futures

Posted January 10th, 2018 in forgery, mental health, news, professional conduct, solicitors, tribunals by sally

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has decided against striking off a solicitor it found had forged correspondence and lied to both her client and her employer, after finding that a root cause of her misconduct was the firm’s culture and the pressure it exerted on her to meet billing targets.’

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Legal Futures, 10th January 2018

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Professional negligence round up: what were the key areas of development in 2017 and what are the battlegrounds for the future? – 4 New Square

Posted January 9th, 2018 in fees, negligence, news, solicitors by sally

‘2017 was a particularly significant year for professional liability cases, with a handful of problematic areas of the law receiving repeated consideration by the courts. Below we set out our thoughts on how the law has changed or been reaffirmed in these areas, explain whether there have been any discernible shifts in policy and identify further points ripe for dispute and development in 2018.’

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4 New Square, 4th January 2018

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SDT orders solicitor who failed to overturn £2,000 fine to pay £54,000 in costs – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has ordered a solicitor who tried to overturn a fine of £2,000 from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to pay £54,000 in costs following her unsuccessful appeal.’

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Legal Futuresm 9th January 2018

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Consumer panel warns SRA that latest Handbook reforms are recipe for “consumer confusion” – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) has warned that the second phase of reforms to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Handbook would “compound existing complexities” and could further confuse consumers.’

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Legal Futures, 9th January 2018

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2018 and beyond: Our legal futures… – Legal Futures

Posted January 9th, 2018 in law firms, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘It’s that time of year again. Thinking about what’s gone before us and planning for the future – looking at what we do, how we do it, and more importantly, who we do it for.’

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Legal Futures, 9th January 2018

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Revealed: White students twice as likely as black counterparts to pass LPC – Legal Futures

‘Students from white backgrounds are almost twice as likely as those from black backgrounds to pass the legal practice course (LPC), a report by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 4th January 2018

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Finance and Divorce Update, December 2017 – Family Law Week

Posted December 20th, 2017 in divorce, family courts, financial provision, fraud, jurisdiction, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Frances Bailey Principal Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during November 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 6th December 2017

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