Trending news articles on the Gazette this week…

1. Judge pares costs over £900-an-hour lawyers’ fees

Costs reduced after court finds that bill was excessive and disproportionate.

2. Solicitor who spat in girlfriend’s face will not face SDT

SRA publishes agreed outcome relating to lawyer formerly with accountancy firm Deloitte.

3. ‘Defendants also have rights’: court deals another blow to LiPs

Latest chapter in protracted litigation ends with judge denying unrepresented person any special treatment.

4. Law centre solicitor who secretly charged clients is banned

Lawyer pocketed fees of up to £200 from clients for asylum and immigration advice.

5. PI firms face search engine ‘arms race’

Personal injury firms are being drawn into an increasingly expensive arms race to reach the top of internet search engines, the Gazette has learned.