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Senior judge berates government lawyers over handling of MoJ negligence claim

A lady justice of appeal has berated the Government Legal Department over its defence of a negligence claim brought by a prison officer against the Ministry of Justice, saying its “lack of focus” led to a “huge workload which was wholly disproportionate to the real issues”.

July 25th, 2017 | No Comments »

High Court rejects appeal from barrister accused of forging letters

A barrister accused of forging client care letters has lost an appeal against his disbarment at the High Court. Mrs Justice Lang rejected Damian McCarthy’s argument that a Bar disciplinary tribunal was under pressure from the Bar Standards Board to convict him.

May 3rd, 2017 | 2 Comments »

Second time unlucky for solicitors as SDT repeats strike off verdict

Two City solicitors struck off following a rare private prosecution before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal have been struck off for a second time, two years after the High Court remitted the verdict but upheld a finding of dishonesty.

October 12th, 2016 | No Comments »

Litigation aftermath of failed partnership returns to High Court

The latest skirmish in a long-running row between two solicitors whose partnership dissolved in acrimony, has seen the High Court rule that the failure of one to mention to his creditors that he had been struck off was a “material irregularity”.

September 12th, 2016 | No Comments »

High Court imposes restraint order on “obsessional” litigant who targeted lawyers

The High Court has imposed an extended civil restraint order on an “obsessional” libel litigant who sent over 100 text messages to the mobile phone of a partner at Pinsent Masons acting for Google UK. She also made complaints to professional bodies.

July 6th, 2016 | No Comments »

High Court rejects appeal from solicitor who “neither thought nor cared about” the rules

The High Court has rejected an appeal against striking off from a solicitor who “neither thought nor cared about” the rules governing his profession. Robert Scott argued that because he had been found not to have acted dishonestly, he could not be found to have lacked integrity.

May 31st, 2016 | No Comments »

High Court throws out ‘named and shamed’ barrister’s disciplinary appeals

The High Court has thrown out two appeals against Bar disciplinary tribunal decisions by “named and shamed” barrister Tariq Rehman. It has also refused permission for him to proceed with two judicial reviews and had no truck with the arguments he put forward.

May 26th, 2016 | No Comments »

Land Registry can sue conveyancers for mortgage misrepresentations, High Court rules

The Land Registry can sue a former law firm for negligent misrepresentation in not checking whether a mortgage discharge form was genuine, the High Court has decided. Master Matthews admitted there was no fiduciary relationship between law firm and Land Registry.

March 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

High Court awards Lord Chancellor £1m in battle with legal aid firm

The Lord Chancellor has been awarded almost £1m by the High Court in its battle with a legal aid firm over payments on account. Mr Justice Holgate said the evidence showed “over-claiming to a substantial extent in a substantial number of cases” by Charles Ete & Co.

February 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

High Court ruling outlines extraordinary scale of allegations against Blavo & Co

A High Court judge has said there is a “strongly arguable case” that collapsed firm Blavo & Co, formerly the UK’s leading mental health practice, made “many thousands” of false legal aid claims. The court heard that following its collapse, the firm owed the Legal Aid Agency over £22m.

February 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »