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LeO upholds more complaints of poor service by lawyers

19 July 2019

The Legal Ombudsman was more likely to make a finding of poor service against a lawyer than not in 2018/19, reversing the trend of previous years, its annual report has shown.

Partner fined for paying £1.5m to widow in probate dispute

19 July 2019

The former head of private client at London firm Kingsley Napley has been fined £15,000 for transferring over £1.5m from the estate of a wealthy foreign national to his widow when he should not have.

MBO partners buy off-the-shelf ABS from Gordon Dadds

18 July 2019

Five partners from London firm Child & Child, who acquired the firm after it went into administration at the end of last month in a management buyout, used an off-the-shelf ABS, it has emerged.

University’s legal tech students build app for advice centre

18 July 2019

Law students on Manchester University’s first ever legal tech and access to justice course have designed an app to enable clients of its legal advice centre to find help when the centre is closed.

Clients “more likely to sue law firms than freelance solicitors”

18 July 2019

Disgruntled clients are more likely to target law firms with “deep pockets” for negligence claims than underinsured freelance solicitors, an expert in law firm regulation has warned.

Law firm’s NDA under spotlight in tribunal case

17 July 2019

A tribunal was entitled to allow a law firm facing a discrimination claim from a former solicitor to have its say on whether an ex-colleagues should be ordered to give evidence, having signed an NDA.

Crime agency adds online lawyer impersonation to hit list

17 July 2019

The impersonation of lawyers to commit advance fee frauds has been added to the list of large-scale cyber-attacks from which the National Cyber Security Centre is trying to protect the public.

“Overworked” London solicitor fined for expenses claim errors

17 July 2019

A London solicitor has been fined £2,500 for accidentally submitting duplicate receipts for taxis to his top-100 law firm, amounting to just £200. He blamed the errors on the long hours he was working.

Potential freelance solicitors told: Don’t resign just yet

17 July 2019

There is a “huge amount of interest” among lawyers in becoming freelance solicitors under the new SRA rules, but they have been warned not to hand in their notice just yet.

Solicitor hit by legal aid cuts was “perfect target” for fraudsters

16 July 2019

A sole practitioner described by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal as the “perfect target” for the promoters of dubious investment schemes has been struck off.

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Good company – general counsel’s difficult balancing act

Company behaviour and the ethical responsibility of general counsel is a sensitive subject, because the status and influence of the role can vary considerably from one entity to another, and the issue can be complicated.

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