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Judge's emails automatically forwarded to malicious account

2019-07-19T15:26:00+01:00By 4 comments

HM Courts & Tribunals Service reported five incidents to the Information Commissioner's Office.

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HMCTS staff spent 30,000 hours dealing with court IT chaos

2019-07-19T12:02:00+01:00By 17 comments

Ministry of Justice says the January outage was reputationally damaging.

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Whitehall ponders new identity verification scheme

2019-07-19T11:59:00+01:00By 4 comments

Calls for evidence on system for proving identity ‘without the need for identity cards’.

Legal Aid matters

70 years, 70 cases: campaigners pay tribute to legal aid

2019-07-19T10:58:00+01:00By 2 comments

Justice Alliance publishes booklet to commemorate Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949.

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Society updates best-practice guide for conveyancers

2019-07-19T00:01:00+01:00By 8 comments

Chancery Lane chief says Conveyancing Protocol will provide consistency and improve efficiency.

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Society joins plea to UN over Turkey’s ‘chilling roll call of injustice’

2019-07-18T13:00:00+01:00By Gazette reporter2 comments

Hundreds of lawyers have been convicted since attempted coup in 2016.

David Gauke

'Whoever has the privilege': Gauke on the brink of departure

2019-07-18T10:58:00+01:00By 49 comments

Lord chancellor prepares to bid farewell as he sends a message to his successor in a speech on reoffending.

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Code aims to improve standard of private prosecutions

2019-07-18T08:41:00+01:00By

Prosecutors should remember their responsibilities as 'ministers of justice'.

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City firms' tax bill would cover legal aid 11 times over

2019-07-18T05:29:00+01:00By 8 comments

New figures from lobby group show law and accountancy firms contributed £19.1bn to the exchequer last year.

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City salary stampede continues with 23% rise for NQs

2019-07-17T13:55:00+01:00By 5 comments

New starters at global firm Baker McKenzie will get a £5,000 signing-on bonus.

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MoJ proposes guidance to understand Victims' Code obligations

2019-07-17T12:05:00+01:00By

Frontline staff unsure who needs to do what each stage of the criminal justice process.

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‘Overworked’ solicitor fined for claiming duplicate cab expenses

2019-07-17T11:50:00+01:00By

London lawyer said his own administration system ‘fell into disarray’.

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Claimants win crucial costs appeal on proportionality and reasonableness

2019-07-17T10:49:00+01:00By 13 comments

Judges rule that comparing the value of a claim and the premium paid is not a measure of reasonableness.

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Eagerly-awaited costs ruling expected today from Court of Appeal

2019-07-17T05:30:00+01:00By 4 comments

Issues of reasonableness and proportionality to come under the microscope in dual judgment.

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Doomed firm chased 3,000 clients for wasted costs

2019-07-17T05:00:00+01:00By 24 comments

Administrator’s report reveals measure was dropped due to bad publicity - but restarted by costs recovery experts.

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Freshfields pushes lawyers to connect with female barristers

2019-07-16T17:18:00+01:00By 13 comments

Magic circle firm wants to see greater diversity among the counsel it instructs.

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Legal watchdog frustrated by inaction on complaints data

2019-07-16T14:57:00+01:00By 7 comments

Consumer panel says SRA and Legal Ombudsman have made positive changes, but there is more to do.

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Bankruptcy curbs extended for ex-solicitor who abused client trust

2019-07-16T13:49:00+01:00By

John Killington has restrictions extended to nine years after being pursued for costs by SRA.

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Gateley draws up new staff incentive plan as income surges

2019-07-16T11:43:00+01:00By 6 comments

Listed pioneer reports bullish results four years after going public.

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High Court quashes lawyer's decision not to prosecute police driver

2019-07-16T11:09:00+01:00By 17 comments

Crown Prosecution Service says it is reflecting on critical judgment carefully.

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Financial pressures force closure of London law centre

2019-07-16T09:01:00+01:00By 20 comments

Trustees of Lambeth Law Centre confirm the facility has shut with immediate effect.

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Lottery lifeline: £494k for dwindling law centres

2019-07-16T07:18:00+01:00By 6 comments

Government figures show there were 94 law centres in 2013/14. There are 47 now.

Insurance firms stand to save millions.

Insurers bemoan new discount rate - but stand to save £320m a year

2019-07-15T19:31:00+01:00By 8 comments

NHS also set to benefit from new -0.25% rate, according to government’s impact assessment.

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Ex-Kingsley Napley partner fined over £1.5m estate payments

2019-07-15T15:09:00+01:00By

Former head of private client department found to have made mistakes in handling of administration.

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MoJ urged to do more on criminal records reform

2019-07-15T13:24:00+01:00By 1 comments

David Gauke pledges to break employment barrier but report highlights 'double discrimination' faced by BAME people.

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‘Solicitor’ who forged BPP test certificates is struck off

2019-07-15T10:20:00+01:00By

Muhammad Ifzal failed to complete the courses required for admission, but applied anyway using forgeries.

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Discount rate reaction: Insurers furious, claimant lawyers relieved

2019-07-15T07:18:00+01:00By 13 comments

Contrasting responses after lord chancellor's surprise decision to set -0.25% rate.

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Revealed: Government sets PI discount rate at -0.25%

2019-07-15T01:01:00+01:00By 13 comments

Long-awaited figure affecting damages payouts announced by lord chancellor.

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School’s nearly out for Gauke

15 July 2019

Obiter is enjoying the Lord Chancellor’s end-of-term demeanour.

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Bar gets hacked-off

15 July 20191 comments

The bar is not known for its humility, a characteristic on show at the Bar Council’s anniversary knees-up last week.

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At the sharp end

15 July 2019

Solicitor recalls client’s request to have an ’Excalibur sword’ brought to court.

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Dotcom whizz sets up lawtech app store

15 July 2019By 2 comments

Reynen Court, founded by Andrew Klein, aims to cut time taken for a firm to procure systems ‘from months to minutes’.

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MoJ can’t find key Jackson costs note

15 July 2019By 10 comments

Only record of a meeting in which Sir Rupert Jackson proposed extending the Aarhus convention cost-cap is lost.

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Contract ended over fee error

15 July 2019By

Charities such as the RNLI will now have to pay more to be notified bequests.

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Interim costs award sets ‘vitally important’ precedent for law firm cashflow

2019-07-12T15:37:00+01:00By 3 comments

Judge says interim costs order should be made with a view to solicitors’ cashflow in long-lasting litigation.

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Fight against financial crime is underfunded, claim solicitors

2019-07-12T15:31:00+01:00By

The government’s Economic Crime Plan allocates £48m for law enforcement, while the NCA insists £2.7bn is needed.

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A&O profits rise but PEP growth slows

2019-07-12T11:58:00+01:00By 2 comments

The magic circle firm adds to a bullish set of City results.

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NHS spending on claimant legal costs drops by £24m in a year

2019-07-12T11:12:00+01:00By 10 comments

Overall spending still increasing as compensation levels and defence costs rise.

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Solicitor jailed by US over Russia interview is struck off

2019-07-12T09:53:00+01:00By

Alex Rolf van der Zwaan concealed correspondence in order to protect his job.

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'Affordable' bar training course gets green light

2019-07-12T08:30:00+01:00By

From September 2020, aspiring barristers may commence a two-part course run by the Inns of Court College of Advocacy.

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Lawyers say HMCTS chief wrong about 15-minute video slots

2019-07-12T07:41:00+01:00By 5 comments

Susan Acland-Hood told MPs there is no standard operating procedure - but solicitors say they don't have enough time to take proper instructions.

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MoJ set to decide on second wave of personal injury reform

2019-07-12T07:33:00+01:00By 31 comments

Proposals divided industry when they went to consultation back in 2017.

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Claims farmer for Asons jailed for forging signatures

2019-07-11T15:48:00+01:00By

Nottingham CMC director was a key claims supplier to the formerly high-profile but now defunct Bolton firm.

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Profession captures climate change through power of photography

2019-07-11T15:13:00+01:003 comments

Lawyers and law students submitted entries in the first Global Law Photography competition.

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Linklaters reports double-digit profit growth

2019-07-11T13:00:00+01:00By 3 comments

Profit, PEP and revenue all up at the magic circle firm.

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Legal aid ‘heroes’ honoured at special ceremony

2019-07-11T11:40:00+01:00By

Hundreds of practitioners gather for the 17th Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

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Proportion of solicitor-judges dips despite diversity drive

2019-07-11T10:50:00+01:00By 28 comments

Share of bench occupied by judges with non-barrister backgrounds has dropped by three percentage points.

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PEP down and profit growth slows at Pinsent Masons

2019-07-11T09:21:00+01:00By 9 comments

International firm’s partners received £33,000 less than last year.

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Former solicitor loses strike-off appeal over delayed counsel fees

2019-07-11T07:20:00+01:00By

Tribunal decision to bar Midlands sole practitioner for dishonesty is upheld in the High Court.

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We have to be careful with legal aid, PM warns

2019-07-10T15:15:00+01:00By 27 comments

Theresa May says a quarter of the Ministry of Justice budget is spent on legal aid.

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Slaughter and May boosts trainee grant to £10,000

2019-07-10T14:58:00+01:00By

Students on the law conversion course will receive a five-figure maintenance grant from the magic circle firm.

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‘The public like it’ - Judges back digital justice progress

2019-07-10T12:35:00+01:00By 14 comments

Senior judiciary also seek to address misplaced concerns at appearance before MPs.

City of London

Ashurst PEP rises by almost a third in latest upbeat results announcements

2019-07-10T11:17:00+01:00By 1 comments

Three City firms released promising profit and revenue growth figures for year to 30 April.

Alison Hook

Online courts won’t take off without compulsion, report for LSB claims

2019-07-10T10:58:00+01:00By 3 comments

Super regulator creates 'new resource of information and advice for legal services regulators' to deal with lawtech.

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City could fund legal aid to save reputation of English law - top judge

2019-07-10T10:03:00+01:00By 36 comments

Lady Justice Hallett warns City of London Corporation that rival jurisdictions are primed to exploit the degradation of our legal system.

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FCA opens hundreds of cases – but does not close them

2019-07-10T08:57:00+01:00By

The number of unresolved cases grows as city watchdog opens more investigations than ever. 

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Complaint numbers up - but solicitors better than ever at resolving them

2019-07-10T07:07:00+01:00By 4 comments

New SRA aggregated data shows firms are excelling at ensuring complaints stay in-house.

Dominic Clayden

LiP portal boss: We’re ready for April 2020 - now it’s up to others

2019-07-09T15:47:00+01:00By 17 comments

Dominic Clayden says progress on the small claims portal now depends on the work of rule-makers.

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Firm poaches Barclays boss to start legal consultancy

2019-07-09T15:23:00+01:00By 3 comments

Stéphanie Hamon will lead Norton Rose Fulbright’s consulting practice for in-house lawyers.

Houses

Labour vows to end 'scandal' of leasehold injustice

2019-07-09T11:33:00+01:00By 23 comments

New route for redress proposed after party told that solicitors are warning leaseholders not to use tribunals.

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Solicitors disappointed by inheritance tax overhaul

2019-07-09T11:30:00+01:00By 8 comments

‘Far more beneficial changes’ could have been made to lifetime gift rules, lawyers claim.

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Knights acquisition trail continues after splashing £21m in a year

2019-07-09T10:32:00+01:00By 2 comments

Listed legal services business outlines 'third-tier' consolidation strategy along with strong results.

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European deal value plunges by nearly 60%

2019-07-09T10:15:00+01:00By

The decline in M&A activity is blamed on ‘geopolitical uncertainty’ and dwindling boardroom confidence.

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Hale risks political storm by questioning legislation before parliament

2019-07-09T09:21:00+01:00By 13 comments

Baroness Deech's Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill has passed through the Lords and is now before the elected chamber.

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JMW buoyed by positive profits before big London move

2019-07-09T08:13:00+01:00By 4 comments

Manchester practice reflects on successful year characterised by growth across the board.

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Chambers may publish sexuality data without members' consent

2019-07-08T15:43:00+01:00By 11 comments

Diversity officers no longer need the approval of the whole workforce to publish anonymised personal information online.

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Applicants line up for SRA’s £250,000 technology challenge

2019-07-08T15:39:00+01:00By 3 comments

Legal access challenge announces membership of panel to judge entrants for £50,000 grants.

Michelle Fang

GCs to track diversity progress among external firms

2019-07-08T13:39:00+01:00By 9 comments

US network wants to know what tactics are working as European colleagues issue statement of encouragement.

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Get ready for another lord chancellor

2019-07-08T11:33:00+01:007 comments

David Gauke says he’ll jump before he’s pushed if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister.

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Deloitte looks to technology to give it a legal services edge

2019-07-08T10:55:00+01:00By 1 comments

Big Four accountant recruits a high-profile team to deliver an ‘ambitious technology-led strategy' in legal services.

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Lord Falconer joins fight against clin neg fixed costs

2019-07-08T09:51:00+01:00By 11 comments

Former lord chancellor questions plans being drawn up by the Ministry of Justice and Department of Health for fixed costs for claimants running cases worth up to £25,000.

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News focus: Conflicts of interest

8 July 2019By 2 comments

Dissent is growing over government inertia on so-called ‘lawfare’. But Brexit and a lack of clarity about what exactly needs to be done leave the issue dogged by uncertainty.

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Arsenic and an old case

8 July 2019By James Morton1 comments

As a recent fraud case proved, expert witnesses can cause great trouble.

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Rolls judge warns US over epic trial

8 July 2019By Victoria Ramsey3 comments

Mr Justice Hildyard, presiding over the Hewlett Packard and Mike Lynch case, warned prosecutors not to ‘upset’ witnesses in the UK.

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Regulator sounds out firms over CPD in 'light-touch' era

8 July 2019By 12 comments

SRA asked ‘small number’ of solicitors why they refused to engage with new system for assessing continuing competence.

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Talent drawn to small firms

8 July 2019By 1 comments

Solicitors’ main attraction of downsizing from larger firms was the ability to remain in control, says LexisNexis.

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Korea ending

8 July 20191 comments

When Lancashire solicitor James Robbins missed out on the London Marathon, he tackled one further afield.

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Mind the gap

8 July 20193 comments

One City firm’s terrace had been unwittingly designed for men.

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Factory reset

8 July 20191 comments

Obiter spent time at a self-styled ‘iconic’ and ‘future-proof’ office in Shoreditch.

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Pinsent Masons strikes ‘unique’ deal with litigation funder

2019-07-05T15:18:00+01:00By 5 comments

Augusta Ventures will offer the firm’s clients better rates and fast-tracked services.

Letters

Probate chaos nearing an end as backlog starts to be cleared

2019-07-05T11:23:00+01:00By 11 comments

HMCTS also confirms it is going ahead with closure of regional probate registries.

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Law Society dips into reserves to fund IT upgrade

2019-07-05T11:15:00+01:00By Gazette newsdesk11 comments

Group plans to spend over £60m on transforming technology infrastructure.

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Legal Aid Agency seeks to reduce dependency on troubled billing system

2019-07-05T10:40:00+01:00By 3 comments

A service called 'Apply for Legal Aid' will be introduced next year.

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Charities to pay more as HMCTS cancels 'unlawful' bequest alert contract

2019-07-05T09:37:00+01:00By 4 comments

Legacy notification service Smee & Ford will continue to inform charities of bequests, but fees will be higher.

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Traffic defence lawyer shut down by SRA

2019-07-05T08:55:00+01:00By

Intervention confirmed into Lancashire practice Trafficlawyer4U.

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DAC Beachcroft delivers strong profit growth

2019-07-04T15:18:00+01:00By 5 comments

The firm’s profit rose by 10% with PEP up 7%.

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Serco fraud: Deferred prosecution critics ‘cynical’, says judge

2019-07-04T13:32:00+01:00By 9 comments

Mr Justice William Davis approves the UK’s fifth DPA over fraud against Ministry of Justice.

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Conveyancers escape censure over leasehold concerns

2019-07-04T11:42:00+01:00By 12 comments

Government says code of conduct is clear that clients' interests must be protected.

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Nearly a third of trainee barristers attended private schools

2019-07-04T11:09:00+01:00By 15 comments

Data also shows that BAME candidates are almost half as likely to be offered a pupillage as their white peers.

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