What the Divisional Court’s decision in SRA v Sovani James tells us about wellbeing for lawyers: some reasons for optimism- 4 New Square

‘This week the Administrative Court handed down judgment in three appeals by the Solicitors Regulation Authority: SRA v Sovani James, SRA v Esteddar MacGregor, SRA v Peter Naylor [2018] EWHC 3058 (Admin). Reactions to the judgment by lawyers have been critical, regarding it as a harsh decision which missed an opportunity to reflect developing attitudes to wellbeing in the workplace.’

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4 New Square, 16th November 2018

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SRA v James: When “I was driven to it” is no defence – 4 New Square

‘It is well-known that if a solicitor is guilty of dishonesty in and about the work he or she does, they will be struck off unless they can show “exceptional circumstances”. For a while it was thought that extreme and intolerable work pressure giving rise to mental health issues, in turn giving rise to an act or acts of dishonesty, might suffice.’

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4 New Square, 13th November 2018

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SQE does “violence to law” as academic discipline – Legal Futures

Posted December 11th, 2018 in legal education, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) does “significant violence to law as an academic discipline and to our colleagues and students”, law lecturers have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 11th December 2018

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Law Society’s £30m cut of practising fees faces scrutiny – Legal Futures

Posted December 6th, 2018 in fees, Law Society, Legal Services Board, news, solicitors by sally

‘The £30m that the Law Society levies on solicitors for its representative work is to be put under the microscope by the Legal Services Board (LSB) next year.’

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Legal Futures, 6th December 2018

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Boxing guru loses £922k costs fight with former lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 4th, 2018 in costs, fees, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Boxing promoter Frank Warren has failed to persuade the High Court to order a detailed assessment of around £922,000 in costs rendered by his former solicitors.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th December 2018

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CA: Statute bills do not need to include disbursements – Litigation Futures

Posted November 30th, 2018 in accounts, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor’s bill can be a statute bill without including both profit costs and disbursements, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th November 2018

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SRA in reminder on litigation obligations, warns against being ‘hired gun’ – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority has issued a reminder to solicitors to adhere to all their professional obligations when engaged in litigation, “and not to become ‘hired guns’ just carrying out instructions that are in the best interests of clients”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th November 2018

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Solicitors warned about acting as ‘hired guns’ for dubious clients – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Regulators have vowed to take action against any solicitor found to have neglected their wider obligations simply to keep a client happy.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th November 2018

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Restraint order for man who accused solicitors of fraud – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has slapped an extended civil restraint order (ECRO) on a man who claimed the application was an attempt “to legitimise” a law firm’s attempt to defraud him.’

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Legal Futures, 19th November 2018

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Lord Briggs at the Denning Society Annual Lecture, Lincoln’s Inn – Supreme Court

Posted November 16th, 2018 in equity, estoppel, fiduciary duty, forfeiture, lectures, rectification, solicitors by tracey

‘Lord Briggs at the Denning Society Annual Lecture, Lincoln’s Inn.’

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Supreme Court, 8th November 2018

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Susskind: Machines will replace lawyers if they deliver better outcomes – Legal Futures

Posted November 15th, 2018 in barristers, computer programs, legal profession, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Clients value lawyers for the outcomes they deliver and will switch to technology based alternatives if they produce the better or cheaper results, Professor Richard Susskind has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2018

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SRA urged to tackle mental health problems with ‘fitness to practise’ regime – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) needs to activate a dormant power that allows it to introduce ‘fitness to practise’ rules, in the wake of yesterday’s ruling about the role of mental health in solicitors’ misconduct, regulatory experts have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 14th November 2018

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Mental health problems “do not justify” solicitors’ dishonesty – Legal Futures

Posted November 14th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘Pressure of work or extreme working conditions “cannot either alone or in conjunction with stress or depression” justify not striking off dishonest solicitors, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2018

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Judge criticises City solicitor for giving witness statement to journalist – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court judge has strongly criticised a City partner who gave a journalist a copy of a witness statement made in support of an application for pre-action disclosure.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th November 2018

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Spark21 conference 2018: David Gauke speech on diversity in the legal profession – Ministry of Justice

‘Lord Chancellor David Gauke spoke at the Spark21 Conference 2018 about nurturing a richer and more representative legal profession.’

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Ministry of Justice, 7th November 2018

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Solicitor struck off over housing benefit conviction – Legal Futures

Posted November 7th, 2018 in benefits, disciplinary procedures, fraud, news, solicitors by sally

‘An experienced solicitor has been struck off after being convicted of fraudulently claiming housing benefit when she had savings that made her ineligible.’

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Legal Futures, 7th November 2018

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Top family solicitor opts for BSB entity regulation – Legal Futures

Posted November 5th, 2018 in barristers, indemnities, insurance, news, regulations, solicitors by sally

‘The former national head of family law at Simpson Millar has set up his own firm and chosen to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Legal Futures, 5th November 2018

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Service Can Be A Right Hassle – 4 New Square

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in electronic mail, news, service, solicitors by sally

‘Mr Barton attempted to serve proceedings at the very end of the period of the validity of his claim form, which Lord Sumption described as courting disaster. Mr Barton tried to serve it by email but that was invalid because Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP, the solicitors acting for the defendant, had not agreed to accept service of the proceedings by email. By the time the appeal reached the Supreme Court there was no issue about the fact that service was invalid and the case simply turned upon whether a retrospective validation of service should be granted.’

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4 New Square, 24th October 2018

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Online will providers 77% cheaper than solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted November 1st, 2018 in fees, internet, Law Commission, news, probate, solicitors, statistics, wills by sally

‘Online will providers are 77% cheaper than solicitors on average, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2018

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Barristers becoming as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as solicitors – Legal Futures

‘Increased use of technology at the Bar and in the court system has left barristers as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as solicitors, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2018

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