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  • Ethics expert calls on SRA to take tougher approach to NDAs 18th April 2018
    The Solicitors Regulation Authority needs to take a tougher approach to non-disclosure agreements, a leading legal ethics expert has told MPs. Professor Richard Moorhead linked the issue to a wider approach to ethics among solicitors that he described as “minimalistic professionalism”, including wrongly seeing the client's interests as paramount. The post Ethics expert calls on […]
    Nick Hilborne
  • Barrister suspended for repeating false rape claims about colleague and contacting his wife 18th April 2018
    A An experienced barrister has been suspended from practice for seven months for repeating false rape, assault and conspiracy to murder claims about a fellow barrister in the robing rooms of Crown Courts. He also contacted that barrister’s wife, a solicitor, on LinkedIn, and suggested that her husband was in trouble. The post Barrister suspended […]
    Nick Hilborne
  • Government “unlikely” to hit April 2019 target for PI small claims limit as solicitor warns of “have a go” culture 18th April 2018
    One of the claimant solicitors working with the Ministry of Justice on the new small claims limit for personal injury cases says he is operating on the assumption that it will not happen until October 2019 at the earliest – six months later than the government’s target. He also warned that the reforms may unintentionally […]
    Neil Rose
  • Solicitor “abrogated any responsibility” for firm’s finances while partner used money to fund gambling habit 17th April 2018
    A solicitor who “abrogated any responsibility” for her firm’s finances, allowing her fellow partner to take £512,000 from its accounts over five years to feed his gambling habit, has been fined £20,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. She argued that he “deliberately concealed” his misconduct from her. The post Solicitor “abrogated any responsibility” for firm’s […]
    Nick Hilborne
  • Employment tribunal vindicates law firm’s denial that former employee was disabled 17th April 2018
    A judge has dismissed a claim by a law firm paralegal that he was the victim of disability discrimination, finding he had “dishonestly” altered a document about his medical condition and that, in any case, he had not told his employer about his supposed post-traumatic stress disorder. The post Employment tribunal vindicates law firm’s denial […]
    Dan Bindman
  • Justice minister uncompromising on whiplash reforms and says more fixed costs are on the way 17th April 2018
    Justice minister Lord Keen today set the stage for next week’s House of Lords debate on the Civil Liability Bill with an uncompromising message that there are “too many unmeritorious whiplash claims made each year which proceed without challenge or investigation”. He also made clear the government’s intention to extend the application of fixed recoverable […]
    Neil Rose
  • Marketing chief who took referral fee kick-backs banned from profession 16th April 2018
    The head of marketing at a firm that took money from the scandal-hit Axiom Legal Financing Fund has been banned from working in the profession after he accepted kick-backs from referral fees paid with Axiom money. The post Marketing chief who took referral fee kick-backs banned from profession appeared first on Legal Futures.
    Neil Rose
  • Criminal defence lawyers face “extinction” as profession unites to fight for justice system 16th April 2018
    Criminal defence lawyers in England and Wales could become “extinct”, the Law Society has warned on the back of data showing that this is an increasingly ageing part of the profession. It comes amid cross-profession unity for action over the huge damage lawyers say the government is causing the criminal justice system. The post Criminal […]
    Legal Futures
  • CMC which “rented” its authorisation to personal injury marketing company fails to overturn ban 16th April 2018
    A claims management company has failed to overturn the cancellation of its authorisation, which was found to have been “rented” to a marketing company which operated a call centre to generate personal injury leads. A judge said it was conducting “no business of its own” when the Claims Management Regulator intervened. The post CMC which […]
    Nick Hilborne
  • LSB bids to allay MPs’ concerns after rejecting their plea to hold back on SQE decision 15th April 2018
    The interim chair of the Legal Services Board has explained to MPs on the justice select committee why the oversight regulator rejected their plea to postpone a decision on the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. The committee called on the board to defer its decision for six months. The post LSB bids to allay MPs’ concerns after […]
    Nick Hilborne

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