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Court finds Withers negligent again but causation lacks once more

The High Court has made a second finding that Withers gave negligent advice to property developers – but the leading London law firm was again saved to some extent by causation.

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Courts and tribunals to upgrade video technology, Burnett says

A new Video Hearings Service, upgrading the Cloud Video Platform used during Covid, is to be rolled out across courts and tribunals, the Lord Chief Justice has revealed.

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New ABS regulator grants first licence to lifetime planning business

CILEx Regulation has become the sixth body to license an alternative business structure after approving an application from lifetime planning and bereavement firm Trust Inheritance.

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Students used by law firm for agency advocacy are ‘workers’

A Bar student who handled agency advocacy work through a law firm was a worker with certain rights and not self-employed, an employment tribunal has ruled.

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Jail sentence for barrister guilty of child sex offences

A barrister who travelled across the country with the intention of sexually abusing teenage girls – unaware that they were not real – has been jailed for three and a half years.

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Nearly 1,200 students sign up to first SQE sitting

Nearly 1,200 people have signed up to take the first ever Solicitors Qualifying Examination assessment in November, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has revealed.

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CA: Judges do not have to accept unchallenged expert evidence

Judges are not required to accept ‘uncontroverted’ – ie, unchallenged – evidence from an expert witness without further analysis, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Leading solicitors’ mobile phones hacked, Court of Appeal rules

The mobile phone of top solicitor Baroness Shackleton was hacked on the authority of the ruler of Dubai and she was alerted to it by Cherie Blair QC, an extraordinary Court of Appeal ruling has revealed.

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Law firms a “hostile environment” for CILEX lawyers

CILEX lawyers face discrimination and unfair treatment by fellow professionals and particularly their employers, and the organisation has called for a summit to tackle the law’s “crisis of culture”.

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SRA fines Irwin Mitchell for way it switched clients to CFAs

Irwin Mitchell has been fined £9,000 for failing to give proper advice to clients in 2013 before switching the funding of their cases from legal aid to a conditional fee agreement.

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