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Solicitor struck off for taking advantage of elderly client

A solicitor who attempted to sell an elderly client’s house to her own civil partner at an undervalue, and was the sole beneficiary of the client’s will that she drafted, has been struck off.

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Criminal law solicitors suffering more than barristers, says Bellamy

The author of the criminal legal aid review said yesterday that solicitors’ firms are in a “more parlous” state than the Bar, where the picture was “mixed”.

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MoJ threatened with fine over huge data request backlog

The Information Commissioner has threatened to fine the Ministry of Justice if it fails to deal with thousands of outstanding subject access requests.

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Barrister disbarred for false judicial review promise

A non-practising barrister has been disbarred for dishonesty, after falsely persuading a client he would bring judicial review proceedings.

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Solicitor who “accidentally bought run-off cover” struck off

The solicitor at the centre of a collapsed dishonesty prosecution in 2019 has been struck off for dishonesty after a second prosecution for new offences, including practising without insurance.

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Negligence claim brought over negligence claim to proceed

A claimant suing his solicitors for negligence in how they pursued a claim for negligence against other solicitors has failed in his bid to appeal a decision to refuse summary judgment.

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“Warehoused” case against law firm struck out

The High Court has struck out a professional negligence claim against a London law firm that it decided had been “warehoused”, after the claimant failed to explain why he had not been more active.

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Conveyancers might be forced to buy cyber-insurance in PII rejig

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has mooted requiring law firms to purchase standalone cyber-insurance as “evolving forms of cyber-risk” become more complex.

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High Court allows in-house lawyer to appear in $213m contract battle

The High Court has taken the unusual step of allowing a Hong Kong media company to be represented in court by its in-house lawyer in a $213m contract dispute after its external solicitors withdrew.

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MIB to probe why unrepresented claimants are shunning whiplash portal

The body that operates the Official Injury Claim portal is to investigate why unrepresented litigants are not using the service. They are bringing fewer than 10% of claims made through the service.

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