BSB plagued by ‘rogue’ chambers

The Bar Standards Board has revealed that 2 barristers from an unnamed chambers accounted for over 10% of all complaints that it received in 2015/2016 see here.  This is staggering given the number of barristers practising in England and Wales - circa 16,000. According to the Law Society Gazette, one of the barristers involved has been hit with restrictions on…

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RACE AGAINST TIME FOR LAW FIRMS

Following my last past on Enterprise Insurance Company Plc, the SRA have announced that Law Firms insured by EIC have until the 22nd of August 2016 to find alternative cover - see here. Solicitors must have professional indemnity insurance in order to practice law and therefore it will be vital for the 50 Law Firms affected to find replacement cover…

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‘Ambulance Chasing’ Law firm under the spotlight

The Law Firm, Public Interest Lawyers, have had their legal aid contract revoked, see here.  The firm was known for suing the MOD for the alleged conduct of British Servicemen in Iraq. The Legal Aid Agency have revoked the firm's contract, stating that they have made 'inappropriate' claims and breached contractual requirements. Supporters of the firm say that they are being…

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SRA raises concerns over independence

The SRA has raised concerns over the independence of the profession, see here.  The review seems to focus predominantly on the PI sector and the relationship between solicitors and third party cold callers. The findings do not seem to have been widely welcomed as demonstrated by this anonymous comment: "Maybe the SRA should start to focus upon their own performance…

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Black Box Case may spell the end of RTA lottery

The attached here; may spell the end of the RTA lottery us trial advocates are used to, i.e. where neither party's version of events is inherently more plausible than the others and the case is often decided on witness deportment. Please look out for my other blogs - Joe Chiffers - Liverpool Lawyer.

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When an insurance company is insolvent

In light of the recent announcement concerning Enterprise Insurance Company Plc, see here, it is important to be aware of the implications of such a rare occurrence. Policy holders will have priority over most creditors and where there are insufficient assets to meet the claims of policy holders, then they are entitled to apply to the FSC for 90% of the…

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Brit’s crowd-funding legal costs

The mother of a 20-year-old British man accused of attempting to shoot Donald Trump has launched a crowd-funding campaign to cover his legal costs. Lynne Sandford, 41, has launched the campaign to pay for her son's legal battle to return to the UK, after he was put on suicide watch whilst in prison in the US. Michael Sandford allegedly tried…

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Bankrupt solicitor and his firm forced to cease trading

A commercial property law firm was closed yesterday by the regulator in order to protect the interests of its clients. Blackburn-based law firm, NP Law Ltd, which according to Law & Legal, operated in commercial property and residential conveyancing, has been closed following a decision from the SRA. A solicitor from the firm, Sabir Hussain, was also intervened with by…

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London Legal Walk

According to the forecast the weather is set fair for today’s London Legal Walk. More than 600 teams are taking part in the 10k walk, starting at the Royal Courts of Justice from 4.30pm to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust. Funds raised support legal advice charities in London and the south-east. A gathering of thousands, including solicitors,…

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