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High Court imposes restraint order on “obsessional” litigant who targeted lawyers

The High Court has imposed an extended civil restraint order on an “obsessional” libel litigant who sent over 100 text messages to the mobile phone of a partner at Pinsent Masons acting for Google UK. She also made complaints to professional bodies.

July 6th, 2016 | No Comments »

Barnett attacks “incredibly unfair” disciplinary regime for solicitors

Richard Barnett, the senior partner of collapsed conveyancing firm Barnetts, has attacked what he describes as the “incredibly unfair” disciplinary regime for solicitors. Mr Barnett lost an appeal against his striking off at the High Court earlier this week.

May 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

ETSOS celebrates QRS birthday with new milestone

Online search provider and conveyancing technology specialist, ETSOS, is celebrating the first birthday of its free-to-use Quotation & Referral System (QRS) with news that monthly usage levels have more than trebled in the past six months.

June 5th, 2013 | No Comments »

Jackson reforms will spark rise in solicitor/own client disputes, costs specialists warn

The Jackson reforms will lead to a rise in the number of costs disputes between solicitors and their clients, as well as demand for help with costs management, specialist costs lawyers have predicted.

June 25th, 2012 | No Comments »

Neuberger: prepare for satellite litigation over proportionality

Satellite litigation may be necessary to work out the new rule on proportionality in costs, the Master of the Rolls has said, but it will be a “very small price to pay”. Lawyers were also warned that if they fail to submit a budget from next April, then it will by default comprise only court fees.

May 30th, 2012 | No Comments »

Government confirms U-turn on raising small-claims limit for PI claims

The government today executed a major U-turn on raising the small claims limit for personal injury claims, having announced three months ago that it was not going to do so.

May 2nd, 2012 | 8 Comments »

Ombudsman tells lawyers: sort out your pricing or risk losing work to "nakedly commercial enterprises"

Lawyers must provide clearer pricing information to their clients or risk losing out to new entrants to the market, the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has warned. LeO today issued a report on the problems issues around cost causes consumers, accounting for up to a quarter of all of its investigations.

March 6th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Court of Appeal admits ruling could discourage solicitors from acting for children

The way solicitors act for children in small claims is set to change dramatically following a Court of Appeal costs ruling last week, which the court itself recognised could discourage them from acting at all.

February 28th, 2012 | Comments Off on Court of Appeal admits ruling could discourage solicitors from acting for children

News in brief: LeO apology, barrister ‘first’, interest on costs ruling and CLC chief leaves

Our latest news round-up reports on an apology over the sudden change in the Legal Ombudsman’s address, which affects all lawyers, a unique agreement between a law firm and a barrister, a crucial ruling on interest on costs, and the exit of the CLC’s chief executive.

February 20th, 2012 | Comments Off on News in brief: LeO apology, barrister ‘first’, interest on costs ruling and CLC chief leaves

Neuberger: cross-examination and disclosure next on reform agenda

An investigation into the benefits of cross-examination and disclosure could be next on the costs reform agenda, the Master of the Rolls has indicated. At the same time, an interim report into the national costs management pilot has found signs that it is producing benefits.

February 16th, 2012 | Comments Off on Neuberger: cross-examination and disclosure next on reform agenda