News | Former personal injury head used client account to top up compensation awards

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

News | Property solicitor breached conflict of interest rule in lease between family members

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

News | SDT to consult on ‘appropriate’ standard of proof

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

Blog | The bold return of the common law

The Supreme Court ruling in the Unison case is a call to arms to other judges concerned about government bypassing the parliamentary process 1 August 2017 It took dogged determination, and the confidence of knowing the law was utterly wrong, for Unison to achieve what was unthinkable four years ago: a unanimous Supreme Court ruling that employment tribunal fees, introduced by statutory instrument under former … Continue reading Blog | The bold return of the common law

News | Government reminded of rule of law in Supreme Court decision quashing tribunal fees

Employment tribunal fees had made access to justice unaffordable, justices say 26 July 2017 Employment tribunal fees introduced in July 2013 by way of statutory instrument have been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court in a decision taking the government back to basic principles about the rule of law and access to justice. “For the fees to be lawful, they have to be set at … Continue reading News | Government reminded of rule of law in Supreme Court decision quashing tribunal fees

News | Government urged to review legal aid means test in wake of Charlie Gard case

Legal aid eligibility restrictions now affecting more people than just the most vulnerable, lawyers say 26 July 2017 Lawyers have urged the government to review the financial means tests for legal aid as part of its review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. The call comes in the wake of comments by Mr Justice Francis in the Charlie Gard case … Continue reading News | Government urged to review legal aid means test in wake of Charlie Gard case

News | Charlie Gard case decided on basis of evidence, not social media opinions, says judge

US doctor gave evidence without examining Charlie and had a commercial interest in the proposed treatment, hospital says 25 July 2017 The Charlie Gard decision could only be reached on the basis of medical evidence, not opinions expressed on social media, the judge in charge of the case said in his final ruling. Mr Justice Francis first heard the case in April. He ruled then … Continue reading News | Charlie Gard case decided on basis of evidence, not social media opinions, says judge