Competence


Public supports stronger ongoing competence checks for lawyers

9 July 2021

There is near unanimity among the public that lawyers should have to demonstrate more actively than now that they remain competent throughout their careers, the Legal Services Board has found.


Child sex offender loses appeal based on inadequate legal advice

8 July 2021

The Court of Appeal has rejected the claim that a man convicted of a sexual offence after a police officer posed online as a child was given inadequate legal advice.


Supreme Court lays out “new legal roadmap” for professional negligence

22 June 2021

The Supreme Court has provided a “wholly new legal roadmap” for professional negligence after its ruling last week in two linked cases, the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association has said.


“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.

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