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Dentons takes over from Norton Rose in Venezuela

22 January 2019By

Firm’s opening of new office follows exit of Norton Rose Fulbright.

Swansea Crown Court

Crooked solicitor swindled £1m from estates of dead clients

22 January 2019By Jason Evans WalesOnline6 comments

Edgar Thomas was jailed for six years at Swansea Crown Court.

Empty pockets

Reinstate minimum salary, legal aid lawyers urge SRA

22 January 2019By 3 comments

Young Legal Aid Lawyers says its research consistently reveals low pay is main barrier for prospective trainees.

Sir Geoffrey Vos, chancellor of the High Court

Vos: Let's rethink litigation to attract female talent

22 January 2019By 6 comments

Leading judge says a new system aimed at creating a work-life balance can improve diversity in the judiciary.

SRA London

On-call solicitor who drove to station after drinking 'let duty override common sense'

22 January 2019By 14 comments

Steven Baggott agrees fine and rebuke with SRA after conviction for driving with excess alcohol.

Kevin Rousell

'Fun, calm and a model professional': Tributes pour in for regulator Rousell

22 January 2019By 3 comments

Head of claims management regulation at the Ministry of Justice has died following a short illness.

Gender pay gap

Linklaters reveals BAME pay gap

21 January 2019By 5 comments

Firm’s latest gender pay report also shows pay according to ethnic group.

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Economic crime reform ‘grinds to halt’

21 January 2019By 2 comments

Ministry of Justice dragging feet two years after consultation - as Lords report on Bribery Act looms.

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Former Co-op Bank chief set to guide legal complaints quango

21 January 2019By 8 comments

Two lay members appointed to the board of the Office for Legal Complaints.

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Domestic abuse bill to ban family court cross-examination

21 January 2019By 9 comments

Landmark measure will also introduce the first statutory definition of domestic abuse to include economic abuse.

Rcj

Restrictive covenants under spotlight at Supreme Court

21 January 2019By 4 comments

Employment case could have implications for contracts in partnership model.

James Knight

Confident Keystone forecasts profits ahead of expectations

21 January 2019By 2 comments

Listed firm which encourages remote working now has around 290 lawyers in the network.

Nicholas Paines QC

Simplify 1,100 pages of immigration rules - Law Commission

21 January 2019By 2 comments

Rules have become highly prescriptive, too long, complicated and difficult to follow, proposals state.

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Pinsent Masons tops Stonewall list of inclusive employers

21 January 2019By 24 comments

Legal profession fares well in annual LGBT survey, with 16 entries in the top 100.

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High Court master is a breath of fresh air

21 January 20191 comments

Edmund Honohan was forced to create his own ventilation system in a Dublin courtroom.

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Ghost in the machine?

21 January 20191 comments

Perhaps the haunting of an executed highwayman is behind the ‘unique challenges’ the Central Criminal Court faces when it comes to WiFi.

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Lawyers in the dock over Brexit blockage

21 January 20192 comments

If in doubt, blame the lawyers.

Memory lane

Memory lane 21 January 2018

21 January 20191 comments

A stroll down Gazette memory lane.

Criminal defence

News focus: Making criminal defence pay

21 January 2019By 12 comments

The government is reviewing criminal legal aid fees but does it fully grasp the predicament of embattled practitioners? And how does it stop juniors fleeing an impoverished sector for City riches?

Royal Courts of Justice

‘Seize the nettle now on capped costs’, says judge

21 January 2019By 9 comments

High Court has restricted an appellant’s costs in a case heading to the Supreme Court.

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Bar Council to open membership to chambers

18 January 2019By 2 comments

New offering will allow clerks and managers to benefit from representative body’s training and events.

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Legal aid fraudster is disbarred

18 January 2019By

Unregistered barrister Neil Frew worked at Bradford firm Chambers Solicitors.

Ministry of Justice – Goldberg

'Major service degradation': criminal justice email system goes down

18 January 2019By 10 comments

IT fix will involve temporarily deleting practitioners' inboxes, which will take up to two weeks to restore.

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Solicitor ‘no longer needed’: MoJ rolls out online probate service

18 January 2019By 18 comments

System has its place - but only for administering simple estates, solicitors warn.

Royal Courts of Justice, Strand

Defendants not obliged to get early evidence from third parties, rules CoA

18 January 2019By 6 comments

Judge says parties should devote their energy and resources to getting on with the action.

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Faceless blue and yellow bureaucracy says: no extension

17 January 20192 comments

Transition period ends for barristers.

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KPMG latest 'Big Four' firm to expand legal offering

17 January 2019By 3 comments

New associate law firm to open in Hong Kong, followed by one in Shanghai.

Lucy Frazer

Legal aid for welfare benefits plummets over a decade

17 January 2019By 25 comments

Justice minister Lucy Frazer QC says the LASPO review will be published 'shortly'.

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Rohingya crisis: international prosecutions threatened by poor witness statements

17 January 2019By

Accountability for alleged genocide relies on a more co-ordinated approach.

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Big spending solicitors still failing to meet costs budgets

17 January 2019By 17 comments

Survey of specialists finds many clients go over budget - but there are reasons for optimism.

Members of Leigh Day arrive at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

SRA pays Leigh Day £1m to cover costs of failed appeal

16 January 2019By 86 comments

Joint statement marks end to disciplinary proceedings over Iraq claims - but not to the controversy.

Theresa May

Firms step up no-deal preparations after Brexit vote

16 January 2019By 10 comments

Default option is that the UK leaves the EU on 29 March, with or without a deal, legal specialists warn.

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Brexit: deadlock means new vote or no deal, says Society

16 January 2019By Gazette reporter46 comments

Chancery Lane repeats warning in wake of House of Commons Brexit vote.

High court

Court caps appeal costs to keep 'some semblance of reasonableness'

16 January 2019By 9 comments

Judge says it was ‘deeply alarming’ to discover that appellant planned to spend £1.24m on a day and a half in court.

Mark Rigotti

Herbert Smith Freehills brings Alternative Legal Services hub to US

16 January 2019By 1 comments

New office in New York will focus on eDiscovery, international firm says.

Hugh mercer

Brexit: Bar says 'door now open' to other options

16 January 2019By 6 comments

Norway or Canada-type agreement could now be possible, barristers’ profession says.

Rosie Brighouse

Legal Aid Agency faces High Court showdown over protection orders

16 January 2019By

Civil liberties group has been granted permission to challenge the lack of legal aid to challenge public space protection orders.

Her Honour Judge Melissa Clarke

Judge who locked up claimant for contempt 'misused power'

15 January 2019By 42 comments

Court of Appeal says county court judge failed to take the ‘measured approach’ that was required.

David Beech

Listed firm expands but shuns London 'merry-go-round'

15 January 2019By 6 comments

Chief executive says staff are now coached to be firmer with clients about when they are expected to pay bills.

Andrew Kerr

Regulatory uncertainty over key home-buying reform

15 January 2019By 16 comments

Solicitors Regulation Authority says solicitors should not hold deposits on behalf of sellers 'before a sale has been agreed'.

Dictionary

Fighting ‘genericide’: trade mark owners handed new powers

15 January 2019By 2 comments

Brand owners can request clarification in dictionaries.

High Court

Court upholds £20k fine for partner over abusive immigration claims

15 January 2019By 2 comments

Director of London firm did nothing to stop abuse of process, despite his responsibility as compliance officer, appeal rules.

Fraud

SRA joins new taskforce to rid UK of 'dirty money' reputation

15 January 2019By 5 comments

Home Office and Treasury say taskforce will scrutinise performance in dealing with economic crime. But lawyers remain sceptical.

Wifi

Ready, set, GO: 'enhanced' Wi-Fi for criminal courts

14 January 2019By 7 comments

GovWifi account will enable visitors to access network in 31 buildings.

Ministry of Justice – Goldberg

Government under fire for failure to check probate 'stealth tax' costs

14 January 2019By

Solicitors for the Elderly says government has given ‘limited consideration’ to how proposals will work.

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'Not sufficiently transparent': SRA told to be more open on policy

14 January 2019By 15 comments

Legal Services Board completes its health check of regulators, identifying limited areas of improvement.

Rory Stewart

Government 'exploring alternatives' to short prison sentences

14 January 2019By 21 comments

Cautious welcome for justice minister Rory Stewart's proposal.

Mr Justice Foskett

Insurer on the hook for costs in negligence claim over 'Mafia' development

14 January 2019By 6 comments

Sitting in the High Court, Mr Justice Foskett exercised the court’s discretion to award non-party costs in ‘exceptional circumstances’.

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HFW eyes Saudi Arabia in Middle East drive

14 January 2019By 9 comments

International firm agrees association with Riyadh-based Saudi practice.

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Solicitor fined £5,000 for describing complainant as a 'nutter'

14 January 2019By

Tim Bennett said he was the subject of a vexatious litigant and apologised for his conduct.

Rcj

Court relaxes costs rule for PI claim heading towards multi-track

14 January 2019By 8 comments

Judge says parties had signed consent order that would result in costs assessed on standard basis.

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Deloitte signals legal services intent with magic circle hire

14 January 2019By 4 comments

Managing partner Michael Castle joins Big Four firm from Allen & Overy.

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Dobbing in your clients

14 January 2019By James Morton1 comments

When an Australian gang war led to the death of her father, Lawyer X took matters into her own hands.

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Madge of honour

14 January 20192 comments

A discovery at the University of Glasgow has finally put a face to the name of the UK’s first woman solicitor.

The Conveyancing Association has called for a fast-track dispute resolution service to be introduced

Law Society's warning over leasehold costs curbs

14 January 2019By 3 comments

Chancery Lane has responded to the Law Commisson’s consultation on proposals to reform process for leaseholders to buy or extend their lease.

Sir nicholas green

Law Commission chair wants ‘modern lawyers’ to fill commissioner posts

14 January 2019By 12 comments

Sir Nicholas Green told the Gazette it was a ‘chance to do a lot of rebalancing’.

60 seconds index

Probate online and other news in brief

14 January 2019

This week’s news in brief.

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Disgraced ex-solicitor denied return to roll for a third time

11 January 2019By

Iqbal had run a claims management company during his ban which had been fined for making unsolicited calls.

Downsizing

Redundancy talks started at merged Ince Gordon Dadds

11 January 2019By 4 comments

Firm says it is committed to minimising the number of people affected by job losses.

ministry of justice

Criminal legal aid review won't be ready until late 2020

11 January 2019By 10 comments

Ministry of Justice says evidence must go 'far beyond' billing data.

Rob houghton

New owners revamp comparison site Law Superstore

11 January 2019By 19 comments

Consumers will be provided with four quotes for each enquiry - and lawyers pay fee once lead has been generated.

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Don’t put up barriers for EU lawyers in no-deal Brexit, Law Society urges

11 January 2019By 16 comments

Consultation into new Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme closed yesterday.

Russell Atkinson

Claims giant issues profit warning as PI firms pull out

11 January 2019By 47 comments

Share price tumbles at National Accident Helpline, but company says it has plans to improve trading in 2019.

Parliament

MPs to put £1bn courts programme under scrutiny again

10 January 2019By 3 comments

Committee worried about implications of closing courts and relying on online systems.

Elderly

Court rejects claimant's plea to silence life expectancy expert

10 January 2019By 16 comments

Claimant lawyers had sought to argue the court could open the floodgates to similar submissions in future.

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Solicitors and accountants create ‘one-stop shop’ for mergers

10 January 2019By 2 comments

Association of Law Firm Merger Advisers will respond to ’changes and challenges’ facing profession.

Aloke Ray

Fewer solicitors to take silk in 2019

10 January 2019By 6 comments

Solicitors’ share declines in latest QC appointments announcement.

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Hale courts constitutional controversy with 'austerity' speech

10 January 2019By 13 comments

Supreme Court president says government policies 'impact more harshly on women, children and disabled people'.

Phil sherwood

'Professional snobbery': Legal executives demand parity with solicitors

10 January 2019By 104 comments

CILEx wants more influence and rights for its 20,000 members.

Halebury's Janvi Patel and Denise Nurse

US consultancy snaps up in-house adviser Halebury

9 January 2019By

Combined business will supply lawyers and other experts for in-house teams and law firms on global basis.

Manchester is one of three courts hosting the pilot.

MoJ reveals fixed cost levels for two-year pilot

9 January 2019By 14 comments

Scheme will operate in selected business and property courts for cases valued up to £250,000.

Jonathan Black

Solicitors told about vulnerable prisoners policy - five months after it was introduced

9 January 2019By 3 comments

Criminal defence practitioners told not to speak to too many prisoners on visits to police cells.

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City firm anticipating India liberalisation

9 January 2019By 1 comments

Gowling WLG extends partnership in India, but legal market opening no closer.

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Barrister fined for sending cocaine to chambers

9 January 2019By 40 comments

Richard Thomas Keogh had received a police caution.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun, by Ruth Munby

Food for the [Dover] soul

9 January 2019By 3 comments

In Brexit year, white cliffs are a recurrent theme at the Law Society Art Group’s annual show.

SRA

Firms shut by SRA to appeal interventions

9 January 2019By

Regulator announces closure of Essex and Hounslow firms, citing reason to suspect dishonesty by employee.

Martyn Day

'Dishonest' and 'deluded': MP accuses Day to his face in parliament

8 January 2019By 88 comments

Extraordinary exchanges in defence committee hearing as MPs demand apology from Leigh Day's senior partner.

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Law firms 'beginning to react' to trainee salary struggle

8 January 2019By 12 comments

Big improvements in pay at regional firms, while Londoners see minor improvements.

Natalie Gamble

Surrogacy order ends 'legal limbo' for single parents

8 January 2019By 1 comments

Family specialist says change in the law will end discrimination.

Singapore

Singapore to assess ‘performance and contribution’ of international firms

8 January 2019By 1 comments

Government to delay renewal of five firms operating under the Qualifying Foreign Law Practice scheme.

Ross McKay

'Go to' solicitor for dodgy property deals jailed for seven years

8 January 2019By 25 comments

Ross McKay provided conveyancing services to criminal gang who knew he would not question the details.

Professor Jennifer Leeming

Tributes paid to Greater Manchester coroner Jennifer Leeming

8 January 2019By Gazette newsdesk1 comments

Former Law Society Council member has died aged 69.

Allen & Overy

A&O blames profit dip on tenancy woes

8 January 2019By 10 comments

Magic circle firm adds ‘exceptional’ charge of £21m to year-end results.

Shares

Listed pioneer Gateley reports profits boost

8 January 2019By 2 comments

Half-year profits up 18.6% on turnover boosted by acquisitions.

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Quango queen Goldwag spreads her wings

8 January 20197 comments

Legal complaints chair takes the reins at leasehold advisory body.

Richard west

Kennedys expands virtual platform to settle most claims without lawyers

8 January 2019By 26 comments

International firm admits system may appear counter-intuitive, but it can free up lawyers to concentrate on more important matters.

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NDAs: Society warns public interest must come first

7 January 2019By Gazette reporter9 comments

Practice note follows furore over attempts to gag whistleblowing former employees.

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