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Law firms helping oligarchs suppress criticism “a cancer”, says MP

21 January 2022

The government needs to “end the cancer” of high-end law firms selling “intimidation services” to oligarchs and others trying to use the legal system to silence journalists and critics, MPs heard yesterday.

Lawyer jailed after defying order to hand over firm’s files to SRA

21 January 2022

A lawyer has been jailed for 13 months after showing a “brazen disregard” for his regulator by failing to hand over his firm’s files to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Judge bemoans huge costs of 17-inch boundary dispute

21 January 2022

A circuit judge has said it is “beyond my comprehension” how a boundary dispute over 17 inches of land has racked up costs of around £200,000.

Firm comes off record in face of harassment by angry ex-husband

21 January 2022

The High Court has allowed a Kent law firm to come off the record for a woman whose divorced husband has waged a campaign of harassment against it and her for many years.

Partners fined for letting non-lawyer take control of group litigation

20 January 2022

Two partners in a former City law firm have each been fined £7,500 for allowing a non-lawyer to have sole and unsupervised conduct of multi-jurisdictional group litigation involving 1,500 clients.

City firm launches domestic abuse support service for staff

20 January 2022

City practice Fieldfisher has launched a domestic abuse support service for staff, alongside more general awareness training to help people spot the signs that a colleague may be a victim of it.

Insurance firm develops AI app to boost clients’ reserving

20 January 2022

A leading insurance law firm has mined its historic claims data to create an app for clients to improve estimates of how much cash to set aside at an early stage in volume personal injury claims.

Lawyers hits back at attacks by international bodies on privilege

20 January 2022

Multiple international bodies are seeking to undermine both legal professional privilege and the independent regulation of the profession, a global lawyers group has warned.

Solicitor struck off for taking advantage of elderly client

19 January 2022

A solicitor who attempted to sell an elderly client’s house to her own civil partner at an undervalue, and was the sole beneficiary of the client’s will that she drafted, has been struck off.

Criminal law solicitors suffering more than barristers, says Bellamy

19 January 2022

The author of the criminal legal aid review said yesterday that solicitors’ firms are in a “more parlous” state than the Bar, where the picture was “mixed”.

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