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Commercial Court judges express frustration at parties’ excesses

Two Commercial Court judges have expressed annoyance with parties for taking unnecessary points, with one imposing a costs penalty in line with recent guidance.

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Paralegal jailed for stealing £438k from law firm to feed gambling habit

A former paralegal at national law firm BLM has been jailed for three years and three months after pleading guilty to stealing £438,000 from the firm to feed his gambling habit.

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Barrister given green light to pursue outstanding fees claim

The High Court has rejected an Italian law firm’s bid to stay a barrister’s claim for outstanding fees because of an action it took against him in its home country.

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Identity of person instructing solicitors not covered by privilege

The High Court has rejected a company’s claim to litigation privilege over the identity of who instructed its lawyers, with the judge setting out a two-part test on what was a novel point.

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Ex-managing partner misled tribunal in discrimination claim

A former law firm managing partner misled an employment tribunal in the course of pursuing a disability discrimination claim against by his ex-partners.

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MPs and peers urge bigger fines for lawyers who break AML rules

MPs and peers have called for “a radical overhaul” of anti-money laundering supervision, with regulators of lawyers urged to issue wrongdoers with “bigger, more public” fines.

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Firm embraces poetry and drums in bid to stand out from the crowd

A North-East practice has taken the unusual step of turning to poetry and jazz drumming in a bid to stand out from the law firm crowd, with a campaign called ‘Fearlessly Solving’.

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Plan to reduce time limit for complaints to LeO “goes too far”

A proposal by the Legal Ombudsman to cut the time limit for consumers to bring a complaint from six years to one “goes too far”, the Bar Standards Board has argued.

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Data protection consultancy launches ABS to offer legal advice

A specialist data protection consultancy is now offering its clients legal advice after launching an alternative business structure to compete with large law firms.

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Solicitor who caused 25 claims on compensation fund struck off

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off a solicitor whose conduct has led to 25 claims on the SRA Compensation Fund totalling £750,000 from conveyancing clients.

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