Firm advertises for black solicitor apprentices – Legal Futures

Posted September 23rd, 2019 in diversity, equality, law firms, news, race discrimination, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Well-known law firm Leigh Day has hit back at criticism from “trolls” after it advertised solicitor apprenticeships for six black students of Afro-Caribbean or African heritage.’

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Legal Futures, 20th September 2019

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Ex-partner suing firm denied sight of its NDAs – Legal Futures

‘A former partner suing south-east law firm McMillan Williams over alleged sexual misconduct and harassment has been denied access to any non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) it may have reached.’

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Legal Futures, 20th September 2019

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SIF rule could be “catastrophic” for retired solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted September 20th, 2019 in indemnities, news, notification, retirement, solicitors by sally

‘Refusal by the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) to accept notifications of potential claims could be “catastrophic” for retired solicitors, a specialist in professional regulation and insurance has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 20th September 2019

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Narrow escape for defendants who failed to notice particulars of claim – Litigation Futures

‘A judge has set aside “by the narrowest of margins, and with some hesitation” a claimant’s judgment in default after the defendant’s solicitor failed to notice that particulars of claim had been served for five months.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th September 2019

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Solicitor General’s speech at Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime 2019 – Attorney General’s Office

‘The Solicitor General discusses some of the UK’s key successes in tackling economic crime and the UK government’s ambitious Economic Crime Plan.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 2nd September 2019

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Tribunal rejects solicitor’s “attempts at character assassination” – Legal Futures

Posted September 4th, 2019 in constructive dismissal, contracts, employment tribunals, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who resigned without notice was in breach of contract, an employment tribunal has ruled after finding that it was not a case of constructive dismissal.’

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Legal Futures, 4th September 2019

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Costs lawyers “see opportunities” in helping clients challenge bills – Litigation Futures

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in appeals, budgets, costs, news, proportionality, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘A majority of costs lawyers think there is a business opportunity in helping unhappy clients challenge their solicitors’ bills, a survey has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd September 2019

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NDA advice “must be about more than just the law” – Legal Futures

‘Any solicitor who thinks it is only the law that restricts advice on non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), ignoring the wider public interest, is “heading for trouble”, experts have warned.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd September 2019

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Solicitors rebuked for settlement agreement clauses – Legal Futures

‘Two solicitors who negotiated settlement agreements that sought to prevent others from making complaints to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have been rebuked.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd September 2019

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Top law firm criticised for ‘chaining employees to desk’ with 24-hour concierge service – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 2nd, 2019 in employment, flexible working, law firms, news, solicitors, working time by sally

‘A law firm has given its solicitors a concierge service to run their errands, prompting criticism that they are trying to chain staff to their desks.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st August 2019

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Solicitor sanctioned for “puerile” social media posts on clients – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who repeatedly made “inappropriate and puerile comments” on social media about his clients’ matters, and revealed confidential information, has been rebuked for his conduct.’

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Legal Futures, 30th August 2019

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Hogan Lovells partner rebuked over pregnancy discrimination – Legal Futures

‘A senior finance partner at City giant Hogan Lovells has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after a tribunal found that he discriminated against his children’s pregnant nanny.’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 2019

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Costs Orders against Lawyers: A line in the sand – Hailsham Chambers

Posted August 23rd, 2019 in costs, damages, malicious prosecution, news, solicitors by sally

‘Imagine a case where lawyers, seek damages on behalf of a client which include their unrecovered costs in earlier litigation where they acted for the same client. If the new claim fails, are they personally liable for the winner’s costs? This was the startling proposition advanced in this case. Rose LJ has said that it is wrong.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 9th August 2019

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Elderly solicitor struck off for overcharging clients – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor’s 55 years of practice have come to an end after he was struck off for overcharging probate clients.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd August 2019

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Solicitors “ignorant about prof neg adjudication” – Litigation Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in dispute resolution, negligence, news, solicitors by sally

‘There is still “quite a lot of ignorance” among solicitors about adjudication as a “swift and relatively inexpensive” way of settling professional negligence disputes, a barrister adjudicator has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd August 2019

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Solicitors Regulation Authority consults on overhaul of Higher Rights of Audience scheme – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority has proposed the introduction of revised standards for the Higher Rights of Audience qualification.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st August 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Solicitor operated unauthorised online divorce business – Legal Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, divorce, electronic commerce, news, solicitors by sally

‘A family lawyer who created an online divorce service did so to avoid regulation and not share the fees generated with his law firm, a tribunal has found in striking him off.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd August 2019

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Solicitor jailed for 14 months for contempt – Legal Futures

Posted August 20th, 2019 in client accounts, contempt of court, news, sentencing, solicitors, undertakings by sally

‘A solicitor has been jailed for 14 months after being found guilty on four counts of contempt of court for breaching undertakings given to the court about missing client money.’

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Legal Futures, 20th August 2019

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High Court: Silence in disciplinary proceedings can lead to adverse inferences – Legal Futures

‘Disciplinary proceedings are not a “criminal/civil hybrid” and tribunals may draw adverse inferences from respondents staying silent, the High Court has made clear.’

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Legal Futures, 19th August 2019

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Solicitor struck off for misleading regulator – Legal Futures

Posted August 14th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors by michael

‘A solicitor cleared of all the substantive charges against him by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has still been struck off because he misled the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) during its investigation.’

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Legal Futures, 14th August 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk