Competence


Judge attacks S&G for “wholly unacceptable” failure

4 March 2020

A High Court judge has strongly criticised Slater & Gordon for a “wholly unacceptable” failure to give him a crucial letter when applying for an urgent injunction in a police misconduct case.


Client “acted reasonably” in relying on incorrect advice

2 March 2020

An employer acted reasonably in relying on legal advice that the restrictive covenants on a new employee were unlikely to be enforceable, even though they proved to be, the Court of Appeal has ruled.


Supreme Court backs miner’s claim against solicitors

20 November 2019

A miner who lost the chance of compensation due to the negligence of his solicitors is entitled to damages because later evidence indicating that he was not eligible was irrelevant, the Supreme Court has ruled.


Court strikes out “incomprehensible” claim against law firm

1 August 2019

The High Court has struck out a claim for professional negligence, breach of contract and fiduciary duty made against a central London law firm which was based on “incomprehensible pleadings”.


Gateley found negligent over redevelopment agreement

29 May 2019

The High Court has found national law firm Gateley negligent in its advice to the owner of land in Nottingham that led to him missing out on some of the profits from its redevelopment.


Claim over solicitors’ negligence fails to establish loss of chance

29 April 2019

A married couple has largely failed in a claim of negligence against a firm of solicitors which had admitted that it failed to advise properly on a separate negligence case against another law firm.


Solicitors must think about “impression created” by NDAs

1 April 2019

Solicitors must think beyond the drafting of non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality agreements to the “impression created” by them, a panel of experts has warned.


Compare and contrast: Land Registry publishes requisition data

29 March 2019

HM Land Registry has published how many requests for information it sent to law firms about their applications, with one receiving them in 68% of those it submitted.


Land Registry drops ‘top 50 name and shame’ plan

26 March 2019

The Land Registry has dropped plans to publish a chart of the top 50 law firms it deals with, ranked by the number of incomplete or erroneous applications they make.


Revised post-Dreamvar completion code splits conveyancers

19 February 2019

The Law Society’s toughened up code for completion, which comes into force on 1 May and reflects last year’s Dreamvar ruling, has divided opinion among conveyancers.

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