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Munby: State 'washed its hands' of couple branded bigamists after court failures

22 March 2019By 4 comments

Couple had assumed their divorce was finalised in 2014 but mistakes by district judges led to fears that their decrees were void. Only the 'charity’ of the legal profession rescued them, says judge.

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Post Office requests judge recusal in group action case

22 March 2019By 4 comments

Post Office confirms it has made application to recuse Mr Justice Peter Fraser.

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Clifford Chance reports sexuality and disability pay gap

22 March 2019By 8 comments

Gender pay gap widens slightly in most categories but data for other characteristics breaks new ground.

Longer NHS waiting times threaten spike in clin neg claims, warns spending watchdog

22 March 2019By Gazette reporter6 comments

Lengthening NHS waiting times could lead to a rise in clinical negligence claims, the public spending watchdog warns today. But the NHS’s understanding of the looming problem is ‘limited’, according to the National Audit Office.

Sir Terence Etherton

Lying GP expert should have been jailed like solicitor, says appeal court

22 March 2019By 10 comments

Insurance company appealed on basis doctor’s suspended sentence was too lenient.

Barristerwignew

Jailed paedophile barrister removed from profession

21 March 2019By

John Guess was a former lawyer for the Welsh government.

The Department for work and Pensions

'Real-life Daniel Blake''s barrister blasts legal aid cuts following tribunal win

21 March 2019By 10 comments

Doughty Street Chambers' Mary-Rachel McCabe acted pro bono for Tony Rice.

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Baker McKenzie to target better BAME representation

21 March 2019By 10 comments

International firm says black, asian and minority ethnic representation ’thins out at the most senior levels’.

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Land Registry prepares to publish conveyancers' error rates

21 March 2019By 28 comments

More than 3,000 requisitions sent every day after customers omit or supply inaccurate information.

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GCs not benefiting from innovative technology due to knowledge gap

21 March 2019By 1 comments

Senior legal chiefs unsure what technology would make the best investment.

County court

Claimant solicitors secure £150k interim costs for unfinished dispute

21 March 2019By 7 comments

Court rules it a ‘virtual certainty’ that claimants will secure costs, despite quantum not known for three years.

Personal injury claims

Client did not give informed consent to deductions, costs appeal hears

21 March 2019By 22 comments

Former client of HH Law says it was not made clear to her what she would end up paying in PI claim.

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Media trawled through SC justices' family social media accounts during Brexit case

20 March 2019By 14 comments

Lady Hale and Lord Reed advise against judges having their own accounts.

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Supreme Court allows 'reasonable diligence' appeal in fraud claim

20 March 2019By 4 comments

'Bare-knuckle fight' between principles that fraud unravels all and that litigation must end.

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Court 'on precipice' of thousands of costs challenges by ex-clients

20 March 2019By 31 comments

Appeal hears firm’s argument that its deductions from damages were clearly set out to client.

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SRA prepares for 'no deal' with QLTS changes

20 March 2019By

Exemptions to be offered for all foreign qualified lawyers but not on topic by topic basis.

Parliament

Home Office rejects knife ASBO amendments

20 March 2019By 2 comments

Government says the Offensive Weapons Bill provides safeguards being sought by Magistrates' Association and others.

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Government probes justice algorithm bias

20 March 2019By 4 comments

Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to report next year on automated decision-making systems.

Pinsent Masons brings flexible lawyer service to Hong Kong

20 March 2019By 1 comments

Firm says businesses need 'quality lawyers working flexibly'.

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City firms 'foggy' on parental leave

20 March 2019By 7 comments

Some law firms showed a commitment to displaying parental benefits while others did not divulge any information.

Sir Edward Garnier QC

Garnier's media set One Brick Court to shut following exits

20 March 2019By 3 comments

Small specialist set of chambers 'vulnerable to unplanned events'.

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SRA delays advent of the freelance solicitor for six months

20 March 2019By 20 comments

Regulator will also impose digital badge requirement on all firms from November.

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SRA targets hundreds of firms in new anti-money laundering assault

20 March 2019By 28 comments

More than 40 solicitors have left practice in the past five years for misconduct related to money laundering.

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Legal Aid Agency to view applicants' bank accounts

19 March 2019By 6 comments

Agency reveals it has been testing open banking technology as part of efforts to keep up with digital expectations.

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Profits down 20% at PI firm as 'transition' costs bite

19 March 2019By 13 comments

NAHL says figures have also been affected by the cost of setting up a new law firm.

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Divorce process 'too complicated' for litigants in person

19 March 2019By 17 comments

Nuffield Foundation report contrasts England and Wales' three-step procedure with those of other jurisdictions.

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Crime agency laments ‘dearth’ of suspicious activity reports from lawyers

19 March 2019By 11 comments

National Crime Agency boss was giving evidence to Joint Select Committee on the Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill.

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HMCTS steps up video hearing push with county court first

19 March 2019By 6 comments

Hearing held in Manchester between parties who consented to take part through an online link.

David Gauke

MoJ starts countdown clock on discount rate change

19 March 2019By 6 comments

Lord chancellor will today announce the immediate start of a review into the adjustment applied to personal injury damages.

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Conveyancers 'too close' to developers, MPs claim

19 March 2019By 38 comments

Select committee told that some developer-recommended solicitors failed to advise buyers of onerous lease terms.

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LSB chief hints at tougher CPD requirements

18 March 2019By 16 comments

Neil Buckley says legal profession has much to learn from medical sector in how lawyers show continuing competence.

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Fine for male barrister who ‘squeezed woman’s bottom’

18 March 2019By 8 comments

Kevin Barry was fined £3,000 for 2014 incident.

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Unqualified legal adviser to pay £337,000 in negligence ruling

18 March 2019By 26 comments

High Court finds adviser George Rusz and his firm Troy Lucas to have been negligent in clinical negligence case.

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Dublin steps up 'centre of legal excellence' campaign

18 March 2019By 1 comments

Legal sector chiefs attend to St Patrick’s Day events in US to promote Irish courts as a global forum.

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Court of Appeal rejects Iranian bank's secrecy plea

18 March 2019By

Production of documents in London Bank Mellat case should trump concerns as to Iranian law.

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Partnerships bounce back with 307 net additions in last year

18 March 2019By 1 comments

A total of 4,594 lawyers became partners in 2017/18, the fourth consecutive year of growth.

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News focus: Do errant solicitors get a rougher ride than barristers at tribunal?

18 March 2019By 33 comments

The SDT’s ‘highest of expectations’ and the regulator’s desire for a ‘gold standard’ mean solicitors appear to be treated more harshly than barristers and other professionals in disciplinary cases.

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Hijab protest lawyer gets 33 years after secret trial

18 March 2019By 18 comments

According to rights campaigners, Nasrin Sotoudeh has been found guilty on seven charges.

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Lawyers predict extension of bribery curbs to other economic crime

18 March 2019By 2 comments

Bribery Act is ‘exemplary’, said House of Lords committee.

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Regulator defends ABS record fine for misleading letters

18 March 2019By 5 comments

FindMyClaims.com’s £124,436 fine was equivalent to just 1% of annual turnover.

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Memory lane 18 March 2019

18 March 20191 comments

A stroll down Gazette memory lane.

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Never mind the b*ll*cks

18 March 2019

Attorney general Geoffrey Cox QC MP managed to convey his view towards a tweet in a simple one-worded message.

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HMCTS needs Facebook status update

18 March 2019

Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service’s Facebook page is lagging behind in comparison to its Twitter counterpart.

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Learned friend plays waiting game

18 March 20192 comments

A judge’s mention of a literary allusion in a ruling last week wasn’t lost on Gazette readers.

Manchester Civil Justice Centre

Legal aid lawyers offered money to pilot flexible court hours

15 March 2019By 4 comments

Early and late court sittings will be piloted for six months in Manchester and Brentford, west London.

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Solicitors warned to expect extension of price transparency rules

15 March 2019By 21 comments

Iain Miller says most firms have only done the bare minimum to comply - which could spur the SRA to further action.

Gillian Tully

Forensics shortfalls and legal aid rates jeopardising trials

15 March 2019By 7 comments

Forensic Science Regulator wants funding system changed to raise standards.

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Junior lawyers plan new challenges over ‘super-exam’

15 March 2019By 2 comments

Legal Services Board says it is expecting another application from Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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DWF shares edge up as law firm makes FTSE history

15 March 2019By 6 comments

Share offering is the most ambitious yet in the legal sector.

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Solicitor emailed client own bank details out of 'force of habit'

15 March 2019By

Gary Ackinclose struck off the roll after being found dishonest over email to client.

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Legal regulators outperforming accountancy on AML supervision

15 March 2019By 2 comments

Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision finds that regulators have more to do.

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Government gets the ball rolling on criminal legal aid review

14 March 2019By 14 comments

Ministry of Justice says it wants reforms to fairly pay for work done and limit perverse incentives.

Ministry of Justice – Goldberg

New probate controversy as MoJ dismisses 'tax' definition

14 March 2019By 7 comments

Office for Budget responsibility says it expects new fees to be classified as a ’tax’.

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Commonhold 'must earn market approval' to be viable leasehold alternative

14 March 2019By 8 comments

Law Society is worried about the scale of immediate, radical change on the cards.

Chris Bogart

Top litigation funder says sector has undergone 'sea change' as profits surge

14 March 2019By 3 comments

Burford Capital reveals 23% profit growth - and warns about ‘dabblers’ trying to enter the market.

Ministry of Justice – Goldberg

Spring Statement: Justice spending down by over 50% in 13 years

14 March 2019By Gazette reporter4 comments

No end in sight to austerity in the justice system, thinktank’s analysis suggests.

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Firm co-chair charged over US university admissions scandal

14 March 2019By 3 comments

Gordon Caplan named in District Attorney’s Office documents.

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Firm fined record £124,000 for sending millions of misleading letters

14 March 2019By 18 comments

SRA-regulated PPI specialist Findmyclaims says it has changed its marketing methods and quality controls.

House of Lords

Peers call for speedier bribery investigations

14 March 2019By

Bribery Act 'an excellent piece of legislation', post-legislative scrutiny committee agrees.

Clifford Bellamy

Judge makes public his concern about expert witness's conduct

13 March 2019By 9 comments

His Honour Clifford Bellamy says behaviour in Court of Protection case did not meet expected standards.

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Social media contempt warning after Tina Malone conviction

13 March 2019By 3 comments

Robert Buckland QC says users should ‘think carefully’ about their posts.

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Revealed: Ince collapsed after partners declined £8.5m bail-out

13 March 2019By 16 comments

Administrators of City firm say financial position was ‘unmanageable’ by January amid heightened risk of SRA intervention.

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Civil service union secures 10% pay hike for prosecutors

13 March 2019By 11 comments

Staff can be required to work between 7am to 7pm under the two-year deal.

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Billing errors not enough to reduce solicitor costs, rules High Court

13 March 2019By 6 comments

Judge also rejects defendant’s contention that ATE premium was unreasonable.

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Solicitor restored to roll after eight years' rehabilitation

12 March 2019By

Ahmar Hussain found to be a credible and honest witness as he sought to restart his career.

Peter Lewis

Charities warn MoJ over impact of probate fee hike

12 March 2019By 7 comments

Probate fee statutory instrument is set to come into force in April.

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Update: Molly Russell family granted legal aid for inquest on appeal

12 March 2019By 21 comments

Russell solicitor says lawyers should not have to represent families for free.

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Amnesty calls on EU to intervene after Iran jails lawyer for 38 years

12 March 2019By 4 comments

Reports emerge that Nasrin Sotoudeh also faces 148 lashes for various ’crimes’ in relation to human rights work.

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Brexit: Attorney General's legal advice deals blow to PM

12 March 2019By 36 comments

Prime Minister claims to have secured ‘legally binding’ changes to the withdrawal agreement.

Solicitor fined after lending vulnerable client £27k at 60% interest

12 March 2019By 23 comments

Richard Barca tells tribunal he was trying to help client who faced losing her home and livelihood.

Linklaters

Linklaters achieves 20% female partnership for first time

11 March 2019By 9 comments

Firm has revealed details of latest round of promotions.

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New: Gazette’s women in the law web page

11 March 2019By Gazette staff4 comments

Home to history, profiles, opinion and news.

High Court

Master grants Inheritance Act application made 25 years out of time

11 March 2019By 9 comments

Judgment also questions approach from another court to considering late applications.

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Solicitor falsified notes then relied on them to defend negligence claim

11 March 2019By 10 comments

Tribunal strikes off Bradford sole practitioner after finding of dishonesty.

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DWF set to raise £95m from stock market listing

11 March 2019By 5 comments

Members set to be paid £19m from net proceeds of IPO.

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News focus: Equality still a work in progress

11 March 2019By 9 comments

New Law Society research confirms that tackling unconscious bias, fair pay and promoting widespread flexible working are key elements needed to achieve gender equality in the legal profession.

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Solicitors represented at arm’s length on AI advisory group

11 March 2019By 2 comments

New body set up to advise judiciary on developments in artificial intelligence is dominated by judges.

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​Practitioners' queries on calls for court reform evidence

11 March 2019By

House of Commons justice select committee called for written submissions of evidence for the £1bn court reform programme.

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Funder pledges £1m for access to justice

11 March 2019By 3 comments

Global litigation funder Therium Access will provide funds necessary to pursue or defend claims.

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Instructed by the Great Eagle

11 March 2019By James Morton

Former army officer James Averill acted on relayed communications from the higher entity The Lord of the Scorpio Hierarchy.

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Horses for courses at new law firm

11 March 20191 comments

Two solicitors have opened what they say is the UK’s first legal practice specialising in the protection of animals.

MPs demand timetable for economic crime reform

8 March 2019By

Treasury Select Committee says legislation should be introduced in time for next Queen’s speech.

Houses

Mortgage lenders worried about commonhold insolvency

8 March 2019By 7 comments

Law Commission has been tasked with reviving the leasehold alternative to home ownership.

Barristerwignew

Reprimand for unregistered barrister who accepted instructions

8 March 2019By 8 comments

Alexia Zimbler had not completed appropriate training or registered with Bar Council.

Old Bailey

Courts IT headache drags on into Friday

8 March 2019By 2 comments

Croydon Crown Court experiencing problems as HMCTS insists problem has been resolved.

Mr Justice Turner

'Waiting for Godot': Ex-client on the hook for costs after ignoring solicitor's advice on offer

8 March 2019By 15 comments

Judge says solicitors can’t wait 'like Vladimir and Estragon' for opponent to make offer that might never come.

Ministry of Defence

MoD hit with £80k costs penalty after ignoring disclosure duties

8 March 2019By 8 comments

Mr Justice Fraser says department should have voluntarily handed over documents to unsuccessful bidder.

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New firm taps soaring demand from lawyers for advice on regulatory maze

8 March 2019By 4 comments

Bennett Briegal says instructions from lawyers have increased as rules become more complex.

Christina Blacklaws

International Women's Day: is partnership a postcode lottery?

8 March 2019By 44 comments

Thousands of women lawyers reveal what is holding them back at work in landmark Law Society research. One factor is where they live.

Old Bailey

IT failure knocks out courts for second time in two months

7 March 2019By 6 comments

HM Courts & Tribunals Service said it is experiencing problems with the Crown Court Digital Case System.

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