Archive for the 'solicitors' Category

BSB gives go ahead for barristers to sue solicitors over fees – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Bar Standards Board has given the green light for the introduction of standard contractual terms that will enable barristers to sue solicitors for unpaid fees.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 5th May 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legal education’s oversupply is unethical – The Lawyer

“Too many people are looking to become solicitors in England and Wales. This is not an opinion, it is a fact based on the most recent annual report from the Law Society.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 25th April 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Prisoners sign up for law degrees – The Guardian

“Legal degrees are proving popular with prisoners and ex-convicts – but can they ever become solicitors?”

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The Guardian, 25th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

From oversubscribed to undermanned: are we facing a shortage of lawyers? – The Guardian

“Since the Law Society’s 2009 warning that the profession was oversubscribed student numbers have fallen, possibly too far.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Law Soc and Bar Council urged to take action over Solicitors from Hell site – The Lawyer

“The Law Society and Bar Council should investigate defamatory comments made on the Solicitors from Hell website to find an effective route of redress for firms named on the website, a High Court has said.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 18th April 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Law Society report reveals partner promotions still fail to reflect rising tide of female lawyers – Legal Week

“The latest annual statistical report from The Law Society has confirmed the extent to which law firms have so far failed to react to the increase in women in the profession, with the number of female solicitors nearly doubling over the last 10 years.”

Full story

Legal Week, 14th April 2011

Source: www.legalweek.com

New rules for solicitors focus on ends, not means – The Guardian

“Changes in regulation to emphasise outcomes that solicitors need to deliver for clients, rather than how they achieve them.”

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The Guardian, 7th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Male solicitor suffered sex discrimination – The Guardian

“Employers must act ‘proportionately’ when they provide women who are pregnant or on maternity leave with special treatment at work, an employment appeals tribunal has ruled.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Society defends solicitors over legal aid – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society president has reacted to negative news coverage concerning the growth in the number of solicitors.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors from Hell ‘abusing court process’, judge finds – Law Society’s Gazette

“The owner of Solicitors from Hell, the website that blacklists law firms and solicitors, has been accused by a High Court judge of abusing the process of the court.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 1st April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

High Court overturns Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal fines – Law Society’s Gazette

“The High Court last week criticised the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for the lack of published guidance on the sanctions it can impose, as it overturned fines levied on four partners at a Merseyside firm.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

SRA board backs Tesco law powers and new conduct handbook – Legal Week

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board has approved the watchdog’s application to become a licensing authority for alternative business structures (ABSs) today (15 March).”

Full story

Legal Week, 15th March 2011

Source: www.legalweek.com

British lawyer uses Facebook to serve court summons – Daily Telegraph

“A lawyer has used Facebook to serve a court summons, in what is believed to be the first such case in Britain.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Solicitor struck off over ‘land banking’ scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

“A solicitor involved in a ‘land banking’ scheme which cost investors their life savings was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette. 10th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Miners’ compensation: why did some solicitors take too big a slice of the pie? – The Guardian

“Despite delivering £4bn for sick miners and their families, exploitation by some solicitors cast a shadow over the profession.”

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The Guardian, 8th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Landmark judgment highlights retainer letter lapse – Law Society’s Gazette

“A High Court judge warned solicitors of the need to be clear in retainer letters, as he ruled that a firm had breached its contract by refusing to carry out further work for a client until he had paid his bills, in a decision that the judge admitted ‘may seem harsh’.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Queen’s counsel: the merits of giving the best advocates a badge of excellence – The Guardian

“The increase in the proportion of women and ethnic minorities on the new Queen’s counsel list is something the Ministry of Justice should celebrate.”

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CMCS Common Market Commercial Services AVV v Taylor; Taylor v Stoutt and others – WLR Daily

CMCS Common Market Commercial Services AVV v Taylor; Taylor v Stoutt and others [2011] EWHC 324 (Ch); [2011] WLR (D) 57

“There was no difference in principle between the ambit of a solicitor’s duty to the court in relation to the conduct and supervision of disclosure of documents and the conduct and supervision of any redaction of disclosable doccuments prior to inspection.”

WLR Daily, 24th February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

How a lawyer can change their specialist practice area – Law Society’s Gazette

“It is a common observation among middle-aged lawyers that the increasing need to specialise very early in a legal career has changed the face of the profession. Time spent in a more general or rounded practice has been much reduced, leading to a situation where lawyers are making key decisions about their future specialism much earlier.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitor suspended over 19-year estate delay – Law Society’s Gazette

“A Suffolk solicitor was suspended from practice last week after taking 19 years to settle a spinster’s estate.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lawyer wins £10,000 damages from Solicitors from Hell owner – Law Society’s Gazette

“A judge has condemned the owner of the Solicitors from Hell website for his conduct when committing a serious libel against a young solicitor.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Davis and another – WLR Daily

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Davis and another [2011] WLR (D) 36

“Where a solicitor admitted disciplinary charges, and therefore anticipated sanctions upon him, he should give notice in advance of the hearing to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal that he intended to contend either that no order for costs should be made against him, in exercise of the tribunal’s power under section 47(2) of the Solicitors Act 1974, or that any order for costs should be limited by reason of his lack of means.”

WLR Daily, 4th February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Law firm not liable to loan losses, says appeal court – Law Society’s Gazette

“A law firm that gave negligent advice to a bank before the bank lost £28m in loans advanced to two local authorities does not have to reimburse those losses, the Court of Appeal ruled last week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Haugesund Kommune and another v DEPFA ACS Bank (Wikborg Rein & Co, Part 20 defendants) – WLR Daily

Haugesund Kommune and another v DEPFA ACS Bank (Wikborg Rein & Co, Part 20 defendants) [2011] EWCA Civ 33; [2011] WLR (D) 25

“A firm of solicitors which erroneously advised a bank that municipalities would not be acting ultra vires if they entered into a swap arrangement with the bank was not liable for the losses resulting from the municipalities’ inability to make restitution once the void nature of the swap agreement came to light. Despite their negligence in relation to the vires of the municipalities, the solicitors had taken no responsibility for their creditworthiness or good faith or for the fact that the bank could not lawfully obtain execution against them when they defaulted on the arrangement.”

WLR Daily, 31st January 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding wLR Daily summary is removed.

Milners lawyer Simon Morgan jailed for stealing £1.4m – BBC News

“A solicitor who stole £1.4m from his firm to fund a lavish lifestyle has been jailed for seven years.”

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BBC News, 27th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

How the self-employed criminal bar intends to compete with solicitors – Law Society’s Gazette

“There are probably about 5,000 self-employed barristers and 1,000 higher court advocates active in criminal defence work. While the number of firms has dwindled substantially in the last few years, the number of barristers has increased, notwithstanding the fact that the work has diminished, mainly through the Crown Prosecution Service taking 25% of it in-house.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Chancery Lane hails landmark ruling on access to justice – Law Society’s Gazette

“Solicitors must be allowed to shoulder the risk of adverse costs orders on behalf of their clients to ensure proper access to justice, the Court of Appeal ruled today.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Chancery Lane warns against publication of complaints – Law Society’s Gazette

“Reporting the names of lawyers and law firms who have been the subject of complaints by the public will disproportionately affect sole practitioners and black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers, according to the Law Society.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitor jailed over bogus college scam – Home Office

“Three people have been sentenced to a total of eighteen and a half years for setting up bogus colleges to help illegal immigrants remain in the UK.”

Full press release

Home Office, 13th December 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Gloucestershire coroner’s law practice investigated – BBC News

“The Cheltenham law firm of Gloucestershire coroner Alan Crickmore has been closed following concerns over the way it was being run.”

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BBC News, 9th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal aid solicitors overpaid by £77m – Law Society’s Gazette

“Legal aid solicitors have been overpaid by almost £77m, according to a report published today by public spending watchdog, the National Audit Office.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitor jailed for £250,000 fraud – The Independent

“A solicitor was jailed for five years today after pleading guilty to fraud offences, which benefited him to the tune of almost £250,000, police said.”

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The Independent, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Solicitors sue police for wrongful imprisonment – The Independent

“Three solicitors were today suing police for wrongful imprisonment after falling foul of strict prison regulations.”

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The Independent, 19th October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal profession ‘inherently masculine’, says report for LSB – Law Society’s Gazette

“Stereotyping and bias are preventing women and black and minority ethnic (BME) solicitors from furthering their careers, a report funded by the Legal Services Board has found.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

High volume of complaints against solicitors as LeO launches – Law Society’s Gazette

“The new Legal Ombudsman handled nearly 500 complaints on its launch day yesterday, taking its first call two minutes after opening at 8.30am while its chief executive was appearing on Radio 4’s Today programme.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Judge blocks website’s ‘Solicitors From Hell’ comments about lawyer – The Independent

“A second High Court judge has issued an interim injunction banning the owner of the website Solicitors From Hell from publishing or republishing defamatory material about a lawyer with a London firm.”

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The Independent, 5th October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Solicitor wins gagging order in website case – The Independent

“A solicitor who has been the subject of allegedly defamatory postings on a website called Solicitors From Hell won an interim injunction today against the man who runs the operation, ordering him to remove the allegations from the site.”

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The Independent, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The changing relationship between solicitors and barristers – Law Society’s Gazette

“In the debate about how the legal regulators should amend practising rules to allow solicitors and barristers to operate in the new structures modelled in the Legal Services Act 2007, some predicted that the reforms could alter forever the identity of lawyers and lead to fusion – ending the distinction between law firms and chambers. That has not happened, but does slow progress to date rule out greater upheaval in future?”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors queue up to sue LSC – Law Society’s Gazette

“Pressure is mounting on the Legal Services Commission over its handling of the tender for civil legal aid contracts, as it faces a growing number of judicial review challenges to the process, and talks with the Law Society broke down.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Privilege judgment is an unjustified blow to in-house lawyers – The Guardian

“The European court of justice’s ruling will prevent in-house lawyers giving frank advice in antitrust cases.”

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The Guardian, 14th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New plans to test would-be lawyers – The Guardian

“The Law Society is investigating a legal aptitude test to stem the tide of solicitors entering the profession.”

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The Guardian, 14th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitors under fire from bar over referral fees – Law Society’s Gazette

“The new Criminal Bar Association chair has criticised solicitors for ‘abusing’ the referral fee arrangements for Crown court advocacy, claiming that solicitors are pocketing money for work done by barristers.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors battle to continue forced marriages work – The Independent

“A firm of solicitors is fighting to continue its work helping victims of forced marriages after being told it no longer qualifies for legal aid funding.”

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The Independent, 13th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Advocates to face tougher regulation under new proposals – Law Society’s Gazette

“Solicitor-advocates and barristers could be forced to work for longer in the lower courts before being granted higher court rights, under proposals put forward by the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG).”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th August 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

New proposals for the regulation of lawyers – Bar Standards Board

“The Joint Advocacy Group today (10 August) launches its consultation on proposals for a scheme to quality assure advocates in the criminal courts.”

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Bar Standards Board, 10th August 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills intervening) – WLR Daily

Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills intervening) [2010] EWCA Civ 899; [2010] WLR (D) 206

 “A rule providing for the compulsory retirement at 65 of partners in a firm of solicitors was a proportionate means of achieving legitimate aims relating to recruitment and promotions within the firm.”

WLR Daily, 28th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Kent lawyer loses retirement age discrimination case – BBC News

“A Kent lawyer who sued his own firm of solicitors when he was made to stop work at 65 has lost his discrimination case at the Court of Appeal.”

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BBC News, 29th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Solicitors face tough challenge but consumer benefits win case for change – The Guardian

“This is not a good time to be a high-street solicitor. Those who relied on property work before the recession have seen conveyancing dry up. Solicitors performing publicly funded work are concerned about Ken Clarke cutting £500m from the £2.1bn that his Ministry of Justice spends on legal aid.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Report shows imbalance in ethnic minority SDT referrals – Law Society’s Gazette

“Black and minority ethnic (BME) solicitors are more likely to have their case referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, a report into ‘issues of disproportionality’ in the regulation of solicitors commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority revealed today.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Quinn Direct Insurance Ltd v The Law Society of England and Wales – WLR Daily

“There was no reason to imply into the statutory scheme for the regulation of solicitors any provision or term entitling or obliging the Law Society to produce to a qualifying insurer documents emanating from a firm of solicitors into which it had intervened which were subject to the privilege of a client of the firm. If the client consented or his privilege was impliedly waived by a claim against the solicitor then there was no reason why the Law Society, as it had done, could not produce such documents to the qualifying insurer.”
WLR Daily, 15th July 2010
Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Solicitors vie for judicial office – Law Society’s Gazette

“The number of applications from solicitors for the role of civil district judge almost doubled in the last selection round, according to data published by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) last week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 8th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Neuberger report: more solicitor judges wanted – The Lawyer

“The Law Society has long stated its belief that the judiciary should better reflect the diversity of the society it serves rather than being the preserve of the white, heterosexual, Oxbridge-­educated, male barrister.”

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The Lawyer, 21st June 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

EAT upholds victimisation claim – Law Society’s Gazette

“A firm that ‘gratuitously’ mentioned a solicitor’s previous discrimination claim against it when providing an employment reference to another firm has lost an appeal in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lawyer wins tribunal appeal over withdrawal of job offer – Law Society’s Gazette

“A woman lawyer has won her appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that disability discrimination did not lie behind a major law firm’s decision to withdraw a job offer.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB chair: ‘merge solicitors’ and barristers’ training courses’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“The chair of the bar’s regulator has called for a radical overhaul of legal professional education by merging the solicitors’ and barristers’ courses, to give young people longer to decide which branch of the profession they want to join.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk


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