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BSB backtracks on plan to force barristers to publish prices and first-tier complaints

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The Bar Standards Board has backtracked on many of the elements of its plan to force barristers to publish prices and service information – most notably by suggesting that instead of putting hourly rates on their websites, chambers should simply have to tell potential clients to contact them for a quote.

February 23rd, 2018

Solicitor fabricated grant of probate in “unforgiveable breach of trust”

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An experienced private client lawyer who forged a grant of probate has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He was acting for the estate of a woman who had lacked mental capacity and had two disabled sons living in care.

February 23rd, 2018

Law firm was negligent in property purchase but clients would have gone ahead anyway, court rules

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A Kent law firm was negligent for failing to advise properly on a mortgage and valuation report, but this did not cause a couple in Canterbury to buy a house suffering from subsidence, a circuit judge has ruled. He said it was not the firm’s duty to “advise about structural matters when there was a structural survey available”.

February 23rd, 2018

Legal Futures Report

 

The working practices of property lawyers have changed little since the 19th century. Many aspects of the conveyancing process remain offline – documents are still on paper and the data entered manually. The commercial transaction process is laborious, slow and expensive, and both the client and firm are losing out as a result, a maddening […]

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‘No, minister – CMCs are not the answer to your problem’

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Last month, MPs on the justice select committee asked minister Lord Keen what would happen when the government went ahead with its plan to raise the small claims limit for personal injury claims (from £1,000 to £5,000 for road traffic related claims and to £2,000 for everything else). As it is a jurisdiction in which lawyers do not generally operate – because legal costs are not recoverable – who might help claimants navigate what can still be a complex process? His answer, surprisingly, was claims management companies.

February 22nd, 2018