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Leading firm held liable for asbestos case blunder

1 May 2019

The High Court has ordered Cardiff-based Hugh James to pay six-figure damages to the family of an asbestos victim for professional negligence in abandoning their personal injury claim.

AI tools “too biased” for sentencing decisions

1 May 2019

Bias and inaccuracy render artificial intelligence algorithmic criminal justice tools unsuitable for assessing risk when making decisions on whether to imprison people or release them, according to a report.

Consumers like law firms that publish prices, survey finds

30 April 2019

A large majority (77%) of consumers are more likely to use law firms that publish their fees online, a major survey has found. A smaller majority (58%) would be prepared to use freelance solicitors.

Law firms throw weight behind tech start-ups

30 April 2019

A London law firm yesterday launched a programme giving non-law tech start-ups already making money free legal advice for six months, and the prospect of investment funds.

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.

Whistleblowing law firm chief fairly dismissed, tribunal rules

26 April 2019

The chief executive of a high-profile law firm was not fired because he blew the whistle on financial problems at the practice, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Tribunal upholds decision to strip CMC of right to operate

26 April 2019

A woman who operated an Indian-based call centre to generate personal injury and PPI leads for law firms has lost her bid to overturn the cancellation of her authorisation to provide claims management services.

High Court clears law firms over “fraudulent” property transfers

25 April 2019

The High Court has thrown out a claim that two law firms and three solicitors were responsible for two allegedly fraudulent transfers of a property.

Small firm solicitors “highly stressed but enjoying their jobs”

24 April 2019

A majority of solicitors at small and medium-sized firms have high stress levels and most believe it is a “major issue” for the profession, a survey has found.

Law firm “can recoup outlay” from apprentice who quit early

23 April 2019

A law firm is entitled to recoup the money it spent training an apprentice who broke an agreement to stay at the firm for a year after completing his course, an employment tribunal has ruled.

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