Competence


Revised post-Dreamvar completion code splits conveyancers

19 February 2019

The Law Society’s toughened up code for completion, which comes into force on 1 May and reflects last year’s Dreamvar ruling, has divided opinion among conveyancers.


Supreme Court overturns law firm negligence decision

13 February 2019

The Supreme Court has overturned a Court of Appeal ruling that a negligent law firm should have to compensate its former client for failing to make a claim.


Clients’ focus on price is compromising us, say solicitors

4 February 2019

Solicitors at smaller firms believe that clients’ focus on price is compromising their work and even their ability to uphold the law, a survey has suggested.


Judge criticises top firm for exacerbating divorce conflict

4 January 2019

A top family law firm has been criticised by a High Court judge for exacerbating the conflict in a high-value divorce by issuing a Form A during a period when it had been agreed not to.


Law Society to start onsite visits to check firms’ CQS compliance

7 December 2018

The Law Society is dramatically beefing up oversight of its Conveyancing Quality Scheme by introducing onsite compliance checks and many more desk-based assessments.


No point in conveyancers trying to “export” Dreamvar fraud risk

12 November 2018

Conveyancers acting for buyers should “think” rather than “automatically try to export the risk of identity fraud onto the seller’s conveyancer”, a specialist barrister has warned.


CA refuses to widen solicitor’s retainer for negligence claim

26 October 2018

Solicitors do not have to carry out investigative tasks in areas they have not been asked to deal with, however beneficial to the client it might have turned out to be.


Inquest negligence claim against Leigh Day thrown out

3 August 2018

A claim that Leigh Day was negligent in its representation of the family of the deceased at an inquest has been dismissed by the High Court.


Law firm was instructed “when clients agreed to visit its offices”

9 July 2018

People buying holiday home became clients of a law firm after agreeing to visit its offices to complete their purchases, making it liable for negligence, the Court of Appeal has ruled.


Dreamvar reaction: Conveyancers face insurance premium hikes

16 May 2018

Conveyancers are facing higher professional indemnity insurance costs – and their clients higher fees as a result – due to yesterday’s Court of Appeal ruling in Dreamvar, experts have predicted. One said the judgment “will provide greater protection to buyers, but will shake up the conveyancing industry with much greater risk of liability”.

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21 February 2019

The art of being honestly dishonest

The concept of dishonesty within the legal profession has always struck me as particularly inflexible. This is not without good reason, as it is a foundation of our profession that no solicitor should ever act dishonestly.

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