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  • March of accountants halted as Lidington rejects bid to handle tax litigation and advocacy 21st September 2017
    The Lord Chancellor, David Lidington, has unexpectedly rejected the Legal Services Board’s recommendation that chartered accountants should be able to handle litigation, advocacy and legal instruments in taxation work. It is the first time the Ministry of Justice has rejected a regulatory extension of this nature, The post March of accountants halted as Lidington rejects […]
    Neil Rose
  • Brilliance has its limits – pioneering ABS shuts down 21st September 2017
    Pioneering alternative business structure (ABS) Genus Law – which started life with the somewhat bolder name Brilliant Law – closed last month, with its book of business sold to fellow ABS Alpaca Law, it has emerged. Meanwhile, another groundbreaking ABS, Co-operative Legal Services, announced a rise in turnover but dip in profits for the first […]
    Neil Rose
  • Bach Commission: “Only legislation will resolve crisis in legal aid system” 21st September 2017
    The right to justice should be enshrined in an Act of Parliament to ensure that nobody is denied legal assistance because they cannot afford it, according to the final report of the Bach Commission. It said problems with the justice system were so wide that only legislation was sufficient to guarantee fundamental rights The post […]
    Dan Bindman
  • HMCTS delays flexible operating hours pilots and commits to working with profession 21st September 2017
    HM Courts and Tribunals Service has delayed the start of the flexible operating hours pilot until next February, its chief executive announced today. Susan Acland-Hood also made it clear that she was listening to the concerns raised by the legal profession about both the current problems with listing and how flexible hours might work. The […]
    Neil Rose
  • Judge throws McKenzie Friend out of court over “tirade” against him and solicitors 21st September 2017
    A district judge has explained how he had to throw a McKenzie Friend out of his court after she disrupted proceedings and threatened complaints against him and the other side’s solicitors. Mary Bennett was aiding the husband in the final hearing of a wife's application for financial remedies in a divorce. The post Judge throws […]
    Neil Rose
  • Solicitors “failing to vet” holiday sickness cases for cold calling and fraud 20th September 2017
    The boss of a claims management company specialising in holiday sickness has accused solicitors of failing to vet cases for cold calling and fraud and “living in a world of denial”. Richard Conroy, a food scientist and founder of sickholiday.com, told solicitors: “You can do a far better job of vetting the cases coming to […]
    Nick Hilborne
  • Director ban for boss of rogue CMC that plagued public with automated calls 20th September 2017
    The owner of a claims management company fined £175,000 for cold-calling consumers and described as demonstrating “the worst excesses of the industry”, has now been banned as a director for six years. The Information Commissioner’s Office received 5,535 complaints in the space of just four months. The post Director ban for boss of rogue CMC […]
    Legal Futures
  • Law firm network launched by sole practitioners “to support smaller practices” 20th September 2017
    A law firm network was launched last month aimed at smaller practices and has already held two meetings, it has emerged. Hexagon Legal Network was set up by six sole practitioners, including a former Sole Practitioners Group chair, Kent solicitor Hilary Underwood. The post Law firm network launched by sole practitioners “to support smaller practices” […]
    Dan Bindman
  • “All to play for” on Civil Liability Bill, personal injury leaders say 19th September 2017
    Leading personal injury lawyers told yesterday’s PI Futures conference that there is “all to play for” on the Civil Liability Bill as a “nervous” governments seeks to avoid a damaging parliamentary defeat. Delegates were also urged to write to the Law Society to demand it take more action, and to MPs about the impact on […]
    Nick Hilborne
  • Solicitor in jail for attempted murder of his wife handed indefinite suspension from practice 19th September 2017
    A solicitor jailed for the attempted murder of his wife while suffering from severe depression has been handed an indefinite suspension by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal due to the “wholly exceptional” circumstances of his case. Normally such an offence would lead to a strike-off. The post Solicitor in jail for attempted murder of his wife […]
    Neil Rose

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