Competence


“Abusive” claim against lawyers in Jarndyce-style litigation struck out

25 May 2021

A High Court judge has struck out a £58m unlawful means conspiracy claim against a law firm, four solicitors and a QC, which she described as “fatally flawed” and “abusive”.


Law firm fails to strike out claims brought by ex-property clients

24 May 2021

A law firm has failed in its bid to strike out claims alleging that it concealed the true purchase prices for properties its clients bought and paid away the surplus without instructions.


Client left it too late to sue law firm, appeal judges rule

21 May 2021

A client was prevented by the Limitation Act from suing a law firm for negligence when a fire destroyed her property, the Court of Appeal has ruled.


Fitness to practise regime “can deal with incompetent lawyers”

1 April 2021

There must be a “third way” of ensuring that qualified lawyers are competent without relying on disciplinary proceedings, the director of regulation and policy at the Legal Services Board has said.


Firm made unlawful deductions from consultant solicitor’s pay

15 February 2021

A law firm was not entitled to make deductions from the pay of a consultant solicitor because it was unhappy with the quality of his work, an employment tribunal has ruled.


DLA fails in effort to stay €12m negligence claim

12 February 2021

A High Court judge has refused international firm DLA Piper’s request to stay a €12m professional negligence claim brought against it by a Russian cruise ship company.


Law firm recoups 40% of negligence payout from barrister

13 January 2021

A law firm that settled a negligence claim is entitled to recoup some of what it paid from the counsel it instructed, even though proceedings against him were dropped, the High Court has ruled.


Barrister “of good judgement” was not negligent over client’s conviction

2 December 2020

A barrister of “good judgement” who had to make rapid decisions in a “pressurised environment” was not negligent even though it turned out her client was wrongly convicted.


Negligent conveyancers cannot dodge liability because of fraud

30 October 2020

Negligent conveyancers should not be able to avoid liability because it emerges later that their client was engaged in mortgage fraud, the Supreme Court has ruled.


SRA to review regime for checking solicitors’ competence

9 July 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to launch a review of its approach to solicitors’ continuing competence, amid calls for spot checks or accreditation schemes to reassure consumers.

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