Competence


Supreme Court backs miner’s claim against solicitors

20 November 2019

A miner who lost the chance of compensation due to the negligence of his solicitors is entitled to damages because later evidence indicating that he was not eligible was irrelevant, the Supreme Court has ruled.


Court strikes out “incomprehensible” claim against law firm

1 August 2019

The High Court has struck out a claim for professional negligence, breach of contract and fiduciary duty made against a central London law firm which was based on “incomprehensible pleadings”.


Gateley found negligent over redevelopment agreement

29 May 2019

The High Court has found national law firm Gateley negligent in its advice to the owner of land in Nottingham that led to him missing out on some of the profits from its redevelopment.


Claim over solicitors’ negligence fails to establish loss of chance

29 April 2019

A married couple has largely failed in a claim of negligence against a firm of solicitors which had admitted that it failed to advise properly on a separate negligence case against another law firm.


Solicitors must think about “impression created” by NDAs

1 April 2019

Solicitors must think beyond the drafting of non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality agreements to the “impression created” by them, a panel of experts has warned.


Compare and contrast: Land Registry publishes requisition data

29 March 2019

HM Land Registry has published how many requests for information it sent to law firms about their applications, with one receiving them in 68% of those it submitted.


Land Registry drops ‘top 50 name and shame’ plan

26 March 2019

The Land Registry has dropped plans to publish a chart of the top 50 law firms it deals with, ranked by the number of incomplete or erroneous applications they make.


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.

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