Bar Council eyes solicitor support for fair allocation of briefs

The Bar Council may work with the Law Society to influence solicitors and clients as part of a campaign to ensure a fairer allocation of briefs to women barristers.

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Successor practice application against City firm “futile”

A successor practice application against a City law firm should be struck out, a High Court master has ruled, but only after the claimant has been given a chance to amend his claim.

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Nick Lavender

Fined solicitor who ignored judges’ warnings fails with appeal

The High Court has rejected an appeal by a solicitor who “facilitated” immigration claims which were an abuse of process and “effectively ignored” judges’ warnings to change his behaviour.

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Exclusive: Large PI firm begins three-year voluntary wind-down

Well-known personal injury law firm Camps is to run its practice down over the next two to three years, with 50 redundancies on the cards immediately, Legal Futures can reveal.

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Third deal in eights months for Knights as it unveils strong results

Knights has reported strong growth in its maiden half-year results as a listed law firm along with its third acquisition in eight months – a £1.6m deal to buy a specialist employment practice.

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Bar Council renews attack on BSB over price transparency

The Bar Council is still unhappy with the price transparency regime proposed by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), despite the regulator’s decision to limit publication of information about fees to public access work. The revised rules came under fire from… Read More

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SRA “not sufficiently transparent” in explaining decisions

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is “not sufficiently transparent” in explaining its decisions at board level, the Legal Services Board has said, while ticking off other regulators too.

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Solicitor receives hefty fine in case with link to Panama Papers

A solicitor who failed to check whether his clients were politically exposed persons, in the first disciplinary matter to involve infamous offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, has been fined £45,000.

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David Niven Pennington Manches

Court orders insurer to cover negligent solicitors’ unpaid costs

The insurer of a negligent Italian law firm operating in London has been ordered to pay £3m in costs to the victims after the lawyers failed to pay up.

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Chartered legal executives seek parity with solicitors

Chartered legal executives operate on a par with solicitors and it is only “professional snobbery” stopping them from being part of the solution to many current systemic problems.

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10 January 2019

PR: fee-earner or fee-drainer?

For me the greatest challenge has always been, and continues to be, how to demonstrate the value of PR. I was once told I would not get some partners’ attention because I was a fee-drainer, not a fee-earner.

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