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Students think they need connections to progress legal career

A significant number of students think nepotism and connections are important to progress in the law, according to research which found that this did indeed help some get jobs.

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Litigator who misled client, firm and court about cases struck off

A solicitor who lied to her institutional client, her employer and the court to cover up her failure to progress cases has been struck off.

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High Court reverses circuit judge’s decision to reduce costs budget

The High Court has taken the unusual step of reversing a circuit judge’s decision to reduce a costs budget, finding she “closed her mind to any argument” based on a comparison with the other side’s.

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ABI urges extension of injury damages tariff beyond whiplash

The fixed tariff for whiplash claims should be extended to other injuries to help reduce motor insurance premiums, the Association of British Insurers argued yesterday.

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Solicitor struck off over LPA signature short-cuts

A solicitor who submitted two lasting powers of attorney to the Office of the Public Guardian showing she had witnessed the donor’s signatures – when she had not – has been struck off.

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Litigant misled court over response from other side’s solicitors

A litigant in person who made a ‘without notice’ application to move property transactions to completion, blaming the other side’s solicitors for not replying to him, mislead the court.

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Firm that enforced litigation non-compete clause goes after funders

The law firm that won a Supreme Court ruling enforcing a non-compete undertaking given by another is also suing the litigation funder which worked with that firm, it has emerged.

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High Court removes arbitrator who pre-judged expert evidence

The High Court has removed a sole arbitrator it found had pre-judged the merits of a dispute because he said he knew and would believe the expert witnesses one side had put forward.

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Partner caution and client demands “limiting law firm growth”

The combination of a challenging economy, partner caution about investment, and changing demands of clients will be drags on growth this year, according to a survey of large law firms.

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Court brands conduct of ex-Linklaters partner as “reprehensible”

A High Court judge has branded as “reprehensible” the behaviour of a former Linklaters partner in failing to return the $25m he was asked to invest on behalf of a Saudi princess.

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