A High Court judge has ordered the take-down of pages of an anti-solicitor website that contain defamatory statements about a law firm, after a litigation opponent alleged their publication was “evidence that the firm was disreputable”.
Two men who posted a YouTube video showing them burning a box of court bundles to the sound of Arthur Brown’s 1968 number one hit ‘Fire’ have been found liable for contempt at the High Court.
News in brief: ABS applications update, SfH founder fights on, Eversheds’ "absolute fixed fee" and more
Our regular round-up includes the latest number of ABS applicants, an about-turn by the founder of Solicitors from Hell, Eversheds extending its partnership with Tyco, more cash for Rocket Lawyer, plus Manchester mergers, litigation funding and more.
The founder of Solicitors from Hell has branded a High Court order to shut down his site as “a sad day for freedom of speech” but said he will no longer seek to keep the controversial service running. On Tuesday the High Court ordered him to “cease, forthwith”.
To borrow a cliché, how do you solve a problem like Solicitors from Hell (SfH)? The Law Society has chosen to get heavy, co-ordinating a group action on behalf of law firms named on the site in a bid to have it closed down. But the question is whether the Law Society has got its tactics right here. Would it be better off simply ignoring SfH?