Competence


Law firm recoups 40% of negligence payout from barrister

13 January 2021

A law firm that settled a negligence claim is entitled to recoup some of what it paid from the counsel it instructed, even though proceedings against him were dropped, the High Court has ruled.


Barrister “of good judgement” was not negligent over client’s conviction

2 December 2020

A barrister of “good judgement” who had to make rapid decisions in a “pressurised environment” was not negligent even though it turned out her client was wrongly convicted.


Negligent conveyancers cannot dodge liability because of fraud

30 October 2020

Negligent conveyancers should not be able to avoid liability because it emerges later that their client was engaged in mortgage fraud, the Supreme Court has ruled.


SRA to review regime for checking solicitors’ competence

9 July 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to launch a review of its approach to solicitors’ continuing competence, amid calls for spot checks or accreditation schemes to reassure consumers.


Appeal judges reject divorcee’s negligence claim

8 July 2020

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that a negligence claim brought by a woman against her law firm over its work on her divorce was out of time.


Negligent advice warning over coronavirus jobs scheme

16 June 2020

Lawyers who advised clients on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are at risk of claims as the government looks to claw back payments to which recipients were not entitled.


Judge: Investor who lost pension was not law firm’s client

5 June 2020

A man who lost his pension after investing in self-storage pods with disastrous results was not the client of the law firm who advised on it, a judge has held.


Firm’s negligence had “disastrous consequences” for client

28 May 2020

It is difficult to imagine a “more obvious breach of duty” by a conveyancing solicitor than failing to register its new owner, the High Court has said in a case where it had “disastrous consequences”.


Court rejects “fanciful” conveyancing negligence claim

6 April 2020

The High Court has rejected a “fanciful” £600,000 conveyancing negligence claim against the law firm Gateley, based on an error admitted by the firm.


Negligent firm ordered to pay €3.5m to property investors

31 March 2020

A defunct Italian law firm that operated in London has been ordered by the High Court to pay €3.5m to investors in a failed holiday development that allegedly had links to the Mafia.


Firms launches ‘will through a window’ service

30 March 2020

A law firm in Wiltshire is offering a ‘Wills through a window’ service as law firms look for ways to execute wills validly amidst a spike in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Judge attacks S&G for “wholly unacceptable” failure

4 March 2020

A High Court judge has strongly criticised Slater & Gordon for a “wholly unacceptable” failure to give him a crucial letter when applying for an urgent injunction in a police misconduct case.


Client “acted reasonably” in relying on incorrect advice

2 March 2020

An employer acted reasonably in relying on legal advice that the restrictive covenants on a new employee were unlikely to be enforceable, even though they proved to be, the Court of Appeal has ruled.


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”.

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