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Barrister resigns from chambers over Twitter complaints

A barrister has resigned from Doughty Street Chambers after being accused of running a controversial Twitter account that harassed activists campaigning against antisemitism in the Labour Party.

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Law firm consolidator makes first acquisition outside of PI

Law firm consolidator AWH Legal – which says it plans £100m worth of acquisitions in the next two years – has made its first purchase outside of personal injury.

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Big law firm “will ditch client account by end of year”

A large commercial law firm will ditch its client account in favour of a third-party managed account by the end of the year, a leading payment processor has predicted.

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Solicitor jailed for 14 months for contempt

A solicitor has been jailed for 14 months after being found guilty on four counts of contempt of court for breaching undertakings given to the court about missing client money.

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Will-writing boss warns of battle with unregulated firms

The chief executive of leading online will-writer Farewill has warned that “there will definitely be conflict between regulated and unregulated providers” over the future of the industry.

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High Court: Silence not golden in disciplinary tribunals

Disciplinary proceedings are not a “criminal/civil hybrid” and tribunals may draw adverse inferences from respondents staying silent, the High Court has made clear.

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Legal Ombudsman pilots use of formal mediation

The Legal Ombudsman is running a ‘proof of concept’ pilot as it decides whether to introduce formal mediation as another route to settling dispute between lawyers and their clients.

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Solicitor misled SRA about dubious £1m funder of his firm

A solicitor who misled the Solicitors Regulation Authority about a “dubious” funder he was using to finance his new law firm has been fined £25,000.

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Consortium trials platform that helps choose legal tech

A UK-based magic circle practice is among five law firms to be the first to launch a platform aimed at simplifying the job of adopting advanced legal technology by filtering out products that are unproven,  inefficient, or insecure.

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Law Society NDA advice for public raises fresh questions

The Law Society has launched what it called “a public legal education initiative” to help employees with NDAs – but it appears at odds with both its own guidance to solicitors and that of their regulator.

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22 August 2019

Mind the gap

The gap I am talking about is the one between what PII and the compensation fund covers. It is a surprisingly large gap and so far hundreds of clients, and millions of pounds, have fallen into it.

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