Competence


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.


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”.


High Court refuses to strike out £1.2m family law negligence claim

16 May 2018

“Very real obstacles” faced by a family law client in bringing a negligence action against a Cheshire law firm did not mean that the claim should be struck out in its entirety, the High Court has ruled. The claimant argued that, but for the firm’s negligence, he would have had to pay a third of the lump sum ordered by a district judge on his divorce.


Dreamvar: CA finds seller’s solicitor liable for imposter fraud – but buyer’s conveyancer still on hook too

15 May 2018

Solicitors acting for the buyer of a property purportedly ‘sold’ by an imposter were liable for the losses suffered by their client, the Court of Appeal has ruled by a majority in the long-awaited decision in Dreamvar However, the court also found that seller’s solicitors liable, meaning that the other solicitors could sue them for a contribution.


Call for “emotional competency” push as Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off

14 May 2018

Training law students in emotional competency, and a change in culture, led from the top, in law firms and chambers are among the shifts needed to combat the growing problem of stress in the legal profession, according to a roundtable held in the run-up to Mental Health Awareness Week, which begins today.

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