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Brexit hitch as firms eye Ireland

20 May 2019By

Solicitors registering to preserve EU practising rights remain in limbo

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Give women ‘high impact assignments’, say male lawyers

20 May 2019By 1 comments

Male lawyers support a radical blueprint to achieve gender equality in the legal profession

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Practices face sharp PII hike

20 May 2019By

Professional indemnity insurance bills up by more than a third at some larger firms

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County court pilot to transfer some judicial powers lauded

20 May 2019By

Only 0.5% of the charge orders made under the scheme was reconsidered by a district judge

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Whistleblowing concerns spark interpreter contract change

20 May 2019By

TheBigWord will remove part of its services agreement with interpreters

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Holly Willoughby and fake bubbly for APIL's annual jaunt

17 May 20191 comments

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers convenes in Birmingham.

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Insurers stump up millions to lock claimant lawyers out of PI sector

17 May 2019By 22 comments

Initial cost of the new-look RTA portal is revealed to conference of personal injury lawyers.

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Growing appetite for digital mortgages - Registry

17 May 2019By 10 comments

Land Registry is working with conveyancers who process half of all remortgages in England and Wales.

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Writing on the wall: call for moratorium on court closures

17 May 2019By 8 comments

Practitioners hold vigil as images of what has become of former sites are projected onto hoardings.

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Lying and incompetent solicitor had 'arrogant disregard' for clients' affairs

17 May 2019By

Wales practitioner is struck off after tribunal concludes that he told a string of lies to clients and to the SRA.

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Jackson backs new clinical negligence liability test to allow more claims

16 May 2019By 21 comments

Retired judge says clinical negligence claims should be heard in a tribunal rather than court.

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Failure to offer super exam in Welsh may be unlawful, SRA warned

16 May 2019By Jemma Slingo25 comments

Regulator says it is 'actively considering' Welsh but that no decision has been taken.

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MPs tell Gauke to revisit legal aid for inquests

16 May 2019By 3 comments

House of Commons justice select committee says inequality of arms is 'fundamentally unfair'.

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Judge spikes PI claim from 'disabled' victim over fundamental dishonesty

16 May 2019By 17 comments

Claimant wanted case to go to full trial, but judge dismisses case after secret footage showed condition was feigned.

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Ups and downs of a court Twitter feed

16 May 2019

'Does anyone out there know when I last worked?' @CourtLift tweets from Reading.

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Defendants pleading guilty online may not be aware of wider consequences, MPs told

16 May 2019By 12 comments

Fair Trials says travel, insurance, credit ratings and job opportunities could be adversely affected.

Legal Ombudsman

Ombudsman wants to see evidence of costs estimates upfront

16 May 2019By 14 comments

Guidance sets out what firms should be telling clients about future and incurred costs.

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Litigation funder unveils inaugural recipients of £1m grant awards

15 May 2019By 2 comments

Former lord chancellor Lord Falconer says the four recipients' work sums up the dire state of access to justice.

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Snooping tribunal subject to judicial review, Supreme Court rules

15 May 2019By 5 comments

Majority of justices decide that Investigatory Powers Tribunals decisions can come into the High Court's purview.

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Manchester struggling to cope, say DJs in brutal verdict on courts reform

15 May 2019By 17 comments

Association of District Judges says policy of closing satellite courts needs urgent attention.

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Legal aid lawyers offered £50 and £100 incentives to test flexible court hours

15 May 2019By 19 comments

HM Courts & Tribunals Service says the payments reflect the potential financial burden for firms.

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Immigration boss banned over doctored costs email to client

15 May 2019By

Lewis Silkin employee went back to previous email and attempted to pass off amended version.

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'Shameful': Bullying and harassment endemic in law, global survey finds

15 May 2019By Jemma Slingo35 comments

A third of women lawyers have been sexually harassed at work and half have been bullied.

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DIY wills blamed for wave of probate disputes

14 May 2019By Jemma Slingo17 comments

Number of High Court clashes over inheritance has risen 62% in two years

Police

Releasing suspects under investigation is having 'terrible consequences'

14 May 2019By 7 comments

Practitioner group gathering data on how many suspects are being released under investigation following the 28-day time limit for police bail.

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Appeal throws out Post Office bid to replace judge

14 May 2019By 17 comments

Recusal application ’never had any substance and was rightly rejected', Coulson LJ rules.

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'Brexit refugee' solicitors left in limbo as Ireland plays hardball

14 May 2019By 24 comments

Dublin says England and Wales solicitors will require an 'establishment' and separate insurance in order to practise.

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Regional tech firm reports 'exceptional' year

14 May 2019By 1 comments

Profits up 22% as Boyes Turner reports revenues exceeding £15m for the first time.

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Sacked receptionist awarded £4,700 over unfair dismissal during pregnancy

14 May 2019By

Firm discriminated against employee weeks before it was shut down by the SRA.

Sir Peter Coulson, Technology and Construction Court

Separate rules for LiPs would be 'recipe for chaos'

13 May 2019By 16 comments

Deputy head of civil justice says procedures have shifted to accommodate unrepresented people - but a different rulebook is a step too far.

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Bar chief calls for emergency courts shut-down

13 May 2019By 4 comments

Criminal Bar Association’s message comes as prosecutors mull action over fees.

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Barrister Baird named as Victims' Commissioner

13 May 2019By Jemma Slingo9 comments

The QC takes over the role from Baronness Newlove next month.

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The last witness to Lady Chatterley trial

13 May 20191 comments

£56,250 needed to save judge's annotated copy for the nation.

Whitehall

Government reduces external legal spend by 10%

13 May 2019By 3 comments

Figures suggest restructured framework is achieving its aim - but Brexit could increase the bill.

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City partner charged over 'inappropriate' touching in wine bar

13 May 2019By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to hear allegations against Julian Critchlow.

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Struck-off solicitor says he was 'too kind' in backdating power of attorney

13 May 2019By 20 comments

North Yorkshire wills specialist is banned after 41 years as tribunal rejects altruism argument.

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Supporting Solicitors: campaign challenges mental health stigma

13 May 2019By Gazette reporter2 comments

New webchat service among initiatives announced at start of Mental Health Awareness Week.

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News focus: How costs-chaser James Green is making new friends

13 May 2019By 17 comments

Costs chaser James Green has long been a bête noire of personal injury lawyers. But following the landmark Herbert ruling, he is in demand not only from claims management companies, but also the very firms that have reason to resent him.

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California beaming

13 May 20191 comments

Britain’s biggest fraud trial is providing a glimpse into the future of video hearings.

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The importance of getting paid

13 May 2019By James Morton

First rule of practice: ‘Don’t leave the office without money in the client account’.

Sir Andrew McFarlane

Questions raised over future of divorce centres

13 May 2019By 4 comments

Sir Andrew McFarlane says 11 centres are being ‘phased out’.

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SRA probes 26 firms over money laundering

13 May 2019By 6 comments

Chief executive Paul Philip said 'compliance is not optional’.

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Firms warned of PI refunds after Herbert case

13 May 2019By 24 comments

Solicitor James Green says a new industry may be emerging.

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Justice Alliance in the dark

13 May 2019

Campaigners will be holding a vigil in London on 16 May to ‘shine a light on justice’.

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Ambridge over troubled water

13 May 20192 comments

Radio 4’s fictional village certainly isn’t a legal advice desert.

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Court security staff seize 473 knives in four months - at one site

10 May 2019By 16 comments

Family division president says carrying a knife has become a facet of everyday life.

Lord Justice Jackson

Witness statements set for reform

10 May 2019By 10 comments

England and Wales could lose out to competition from New York, Singapore and continental Europe if jurisdiction fails to tackle excessive cost.

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Irwin Mitchell axes partners as it seeks 'continued profit growth'

10 May 2019By 21 comments

Firm confirms ‘small number’ of partners will be leaving.

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Court closures: new 7.30am-7.30pm travel benchmark

10 May 2019By 16 comments

Ministry of Justice responds to pressure to cut court journey times.

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Panel to clarify legal status of smart contracts

10 May 2019By

LawTech Delivery Panel taskforce seeks views on crypto-assets under English private law.

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Council faces huge legal bill after nuns cleared over fraud 'conspiracy'

10 May 2019By Gazette newsdesk29 comments

High Court decision in favour of Sisters of the Holy Cross appears to be the final chapter in a nine-year saga.

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Buckland becomes prisons minister in justice reshuffle

10 May 2019By 4 comments

Non-lawyer picks up court reform portfolio as Lucy Frazer QC is promoted to solicitor general.

Barristers

Inns of Court seek to re-enter Bar training market

10 May 2019By 2 comments

New bar professional training course billed as a more flexible and lower cost alternative.

Advice charity ceases trading amid financial woes

10 May 2019By 5 comments

Advising Communities says it prevented 169 people from being evicted or becoming homeless in 2017/18.

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CMS partner dismissed as SRA assesses case

9 May 2019By

Former head of intellectual property Joel Barry has left the firm.

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Gallery: Law Rocks London International Disputes Week

9 May 2019

Three law firm bands show that lawyers know how to have a good time.

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Former solicitor jailed for historic abuse

9 May 2019By

Police chief says Stuart Eager’s crimes were 'shocking and depraved'.

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Bar bans struck-off solicitor who filed misleading witness statement

9 May 2019By

Michael O’Maoileoin was struck off the roll of solicitors in March last year.

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Domestic abuse victims latest to test video court hearings

9 May 2019By 5 comments

Justice minister says early feedback shows technology is having a positive impact on case progression.

Sir Andrew McFarlane

Growing workload, new systems and job cuts - McFarlane says 'thanks'

9 May 2019By 5 comments

Family division president praises HM Courts & Tribunals staff for working hard during a difficult time.

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Press gets a new window into family courts

9 May 2019By 4 comments

Draft guidance says courts should assist journalists and bloggers applying to relax reporting restrictions.

Employment tribunal

Closed firm to pay employee after texting him not to come in

9 May 2019By 7 comments

Employment tribunal makes maximum award to former worker at Lancashire firm.

London Stock Exchange

'Challenger' firm Keystone reports profits up 57%

8 May 2019By 9 comments

Stock exchange listed chambers-style firm says it now has more than 270 self-employed lawyers.

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Barristers first in queue as court access scheme goes national

8 May 2019By 16 comments

Pilot scheme to bypass security checks will be rolled out nationally by 2020, Ministry of Justice says.

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India slaps Big Four with legal services ban

8 May 2019By 6 comments

Bar Council of Delhi approves complaint from Society of Indian Law Firms.

Richard Heaton

Government still owes £16m in employment tribunal refunds

8 May 2019By 6 comments

Ministry of Justice says further refund schemes will be unveiled this summer.

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Russian litigants ‘loom large’ in record year for London courts

8 May 2019By 5 comments

Annual report shows number of international commercial disputes heard is continuing to rise.

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Liverpool hosts 'largest ever' £3.8bn group action

8 May 2019By 9 comments

Group action claim filed in Liverpool today on behalf of potentially more than 200,000 Brazilians.

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Lawyers back in line of fire on Line of Duty

8 May 20196 comments

Placing a strand of hair on a corpse is all in a day's work for TV solicitor.

Lord Burnett

We won't lower standards to fill gaps in judiciary - LCJ

8 May 2019By 11 comments

Lord Burnett of Maldon says lord chancellor agrees that the bar to appointments will not be lowered.

Zelda Perkins

No 'AML-type reporting' on sexual harassment in law firms

8 May 2019By 9 comments

Reporting requirement similar to money laundering obligations could be problematic, Law Society debate on NDAs hears.

Freshfields

Freshfields hikes NQ pay to £100k as US competition intensifies

7 May 2019By 13 comments

Newly qualified pay increases to £100,000 at magic circle firm.

Houses

Beware 'hidden extras': government issues conveyancer checklist

7 May 2019By 18 comments

The government advises home buyers and sellers to check for 'hidden extras' when choosing a conveyancer in 'how to' guides published today.

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Monastic vows compatible with practising as a lawyer, CJEU rules

7 May 2019By 14 comments

Cyprus-registered lawyer's registration had been rejected by Athens Bar Association on the ground that he was a monk.

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'Significant minority' of firms failing on anti-money laundering

7 May 2019By Gazette reporter8 comments

SRA finds one third of reviewed firms falling short on risk assessments.

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Court throws out convicted client's negligence claim against solicitors

7 May 2019By 19 comments

Landowner's negligence claim against lawyers an ‘abusive attack’ on his conviction for unlawfully felling trees.

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US algorithm-based justice ‘flawed’

6 May 2019By 1 comments

Computer predictions of offender behaviour ‘still share or amplify many weaknesses of human decision-making’, says AI partnership.

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Solicitor MP decries no-fault divorce and warns of spike

6 May 2019By 15 comments

It ’is not the silver bullet’, says Fiona Bruce.

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Lawyers split on digital disclosure measures

6 May 2019By 3 comments

Labour MP Harriet Harman told MPs she was emailed by woman who had been sexually assaulted yet felt she was on trial.

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Solicitors face being prevented from correcting own mistakes

6 May 2019By Gazette reporter22 comments

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC warns law firms will be forced to send clients to another firm following SDT ruling.

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Out of the box

6 May 20191 comments

Another tale of a judge attempting to sit on a jury.

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Licence to bill

6 May 2019

Surely there is room for more legal input in the next 007 instalment.

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Does this float your boat?

6 May 2019

It’s nearly time for the highlight of the Law Society Yacht Club’s year – a day racing in classic boats off the Isle of Wight.

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Memory lane 6 May 2019

6 May 2019

A stroll down Gazette memory lane.

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Criminal firm goes under - but most jobs rescued

3 May 2019By

Administrators appointed to handle matters at south east firm Warren’s Law.

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Firms 'too risk averse' to commit own funds to big cases, says CEO

3 May 2019By 8 comments

Rosenblatt chief says her firm is in a unique position to litigate and purchase cases.

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Smart contracts need legal certainty to take off, says Vos

3 May 2019By 3 comments

Law tech delivery panel is to seek views from lawyers and coders on cryptoassets and smart contracts.

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SRA reveals allegations against Freshfields partner

3 May 2019By

Regulator alleges that Ryan Beckwith should have known his actions after 'celebratory event' constituted an abuse of authority.

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'An embarrassment': Dozens of disabled users shut out of crumbling courts

3 May 2019By 7 comments

State of England and Wales courts comes under fire, as new figures emerge to show many are inaccessible.

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Former trainee banned over links to police station client

3 May 2019By

SRA publishes banning notice in relation to Reading-based trainee.

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