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‘Director deadlock’ on future direction contributed to failure of top PI firm

Multiple factors contributed to the demise of one-time personal injury giant Hampson Hughes, including the whiplash reforms and the directors disagreeing on its future direction.

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Funder refused permission to use privileged material in ‘fraud’ claim

The High Court has refused a litigation funder’s bid to use privileged material to overturn a divorce settlement which it says deliberately provides no assets for the wife to pay the £1m she owes it.

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Women more than twice as successful as men in applying for silk

Women were more than twice as likely as men to be appointed Queen’s Counsel this year, it has emerged, after 101 new QCs were named yesterday.

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Bar Standards Board lacks “capability, capacity and resources”

The Bar Standards Board lacks access to “sufficient capability, capacity and resources”, the Legal Services Board said yesterday in its annual review of all the legal regulators’ performance.

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Covid boosted conveyancing fees and role of ‘dabblers’

The pandemic and stamp duty holiday led to conveyancing fees going up sharply, while ‘dabblers’ played a vital role in supporting the market, an industry roundtable has heard.

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Fear of catching Covid “not a protected belief”, tribunal rules

A woman’s fear of catching Covid-19 and need to protect herself and others is not a philosophical belief for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010, a tribunal has ruled.

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Scottish ABSs to go live with professional majority ownership – for now

The Law Society of Scotland has been authorised to regulate licensed legal services providers, the equivalent of ABSs, more than 10 years after the law allowing for them came into force.

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Judges who ‘sit up’ in higher courts win claim for extra pay

The Ministry of Justice is facing a new pay-out to judges after an employment tribunal found that salaried judges who ‘sit up’ in higher courts from time to time should be paid more for the work.

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BTAS beefs up sanctions for sexual misconduct further still

The Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service has gone a step further in toughening up its sanctions guidance for barristers found to have been involved in sexual misconduct and discrimination.

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Senior CPS barrister was victim of disability discrimination

The Crown Prosecution Service as admitted discriminating against a disabled senior prosecutor by failing to allow him to work from home or return home early to take medication for a heart condition.

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