How can we stop neighbour disputes finding their way to court, wonders Jean-Yves Gilg 4 September 2017 Neighbour disputes are not popular with judges and the Dickinsons’ case will do little to change that perception. A dispute, that can only be described as trivial, escalated into a four-year legal battle that could cost the couple as much as £200,000. Last month the Court of Appeal … Continue reading Blog | Trivial pursuits: can you steer your clients off costly court battles?
Tribunal orders solicitor to pay regulator’s costs of £32,000 23 August 2017 A family law solicitor has been struck off for fabricating and backdating letters after the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found she had provided no credible explanation as to how the letters, which she claimed had been sent weeks earlier but were never received, had been created. Claire Margaret Wheeler was an associate at Bridge … Continue reading News | Family lawyer who fabricated letters ‘with the intention to mislead’ struck off
Public legal education isn’t just for ordinary people, it could be good for law firms too 14 August 2017 If the last Cameron government was marred by drastic cuts to legal aid with no plan to provide alternative access to justice, Theresa May’s could turn out to be the one that comes up with the outline of a solution. There are questions still. About how … Continue reading Blog | Public legal education: just in case, just might work
The new anti-money laundering regulations build on the approach developed under the previous rules but much is new, too, and law firms shouldn’t just blindly re-use the same processes to ensure compliance. Jean-Yves Gilg reports 7 August 2017 With just one working day between the date they were published and their entry into force, the new anti-money laundering regulations have caused ripples of confusion around … Continue reading Feature | New wine, new bottles: forthcoming anti-money laundering rules required law firms to thoroughly review their AML compliance approach
Solicitor misused funds in ‘misguided attempt to conclude cases to satisfaction of clients’ 3 August 2017 The former head of personal injury at North West-based Slater Heelis has been struck off for dishonesty after withdrawing money from the firm’s client account to top up a client’s compensation award. In August 2013, Lynne Muscroft accepted an offer to settle a dental negligence claim for £5,000 without … Continue reading News | Former personal injury head used client account to top up compensation awards
Consultant failed to ensure client’s parents-in-law had sought independent advice 3 August 2017 A property solicitor has been fined £1,500 and given a rebuke after taking instructions from an elderly couple’s daughter-in-law in the sale of their house and for acting for both sides in relation to a lifetime lease on an annexe the pair moved into at the younger couple’s home. Conveyancing specialist Allan … Continue reading News | Property solicitor breached conflict of interest rule in lease between family members
Majority of professional regulators have opted for the civil standard 2 August 2017 After long defending its decision to retain the criminal standard of proof, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has said it would consult “on the appropriate standard of proof to apply”. All professional regulators except for the Bar Standards Board and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons have opted for the civil standard, and … Continue reading News | SDT to consult on ‘appropriate’ standard of proof