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Justice ‘on the cheap’ could land solicitors in the dock

In April 2017, many hundreds of criminal legal aid practitioners signed up to the new Crime Legal Aid Contract. On 1 June 2017, a Law Society Practice Note clarified that these firms may refuse any contract work (save for duty solicitor matters) if taking it on would threaten the viability of the firm, or is…

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Corporate defamation claims and claims against anonymous parties

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson is interviewed by Susan Ghaiwal.  This article was first published on Lexis® PSL IP&IT on 24 September 2015. Does Brett Wilson LLP v Persons Unknown highlight how courts should approach anonymity in online cases? Iain Wilson, partner at Brett Wilson LLP, explains that the judgment shows courts recognise the harm that anonymous…

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SRA obtains injunction prohibiting former solicitor from practising law

In Law Society v Shah [2014] EWHC 4382 (Ch), the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) obtained a final High Court injunction against former solicitor Dixit Shah (also known as Sanjay Shah) which prohibits him from holding himself out as a solicitor, carrying out reserved legal activities or having any involvement with a solicitors’ firm or any…

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The Defamation Act 2013 – Iain Wilson writes about the new law in the Law Society Gazette

Iain Wilson writes in the Law Society Gazette about the implementation and impact of the Defamation Act 2013. The article can be found here:

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Law society urges caution over government proposals to jail bankers for reckless misconduct

The Law society has issued a statement in response to the government’s plans to introduce a new criminal offence of ‘reckless misconduct’ in the banking industry.  Law society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson said, ˜Introducing recklessness as the basis for an offence means that prosecutors will have to decide, possibly years after a business decision was…

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Law society warns of oversupply of law graduates

Following the publication of the Legal Education and Training Review, the Law society has issued a statement in response indicating that Law graduates should be better informed before undertaking the qualifying courses such as the LPC (Legal Practice Course). Law society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson warned that there was a significant oversupply of graduates seeking careers in the legal…

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Law society recommends punitive costs against 'oppressive' Employment Tribunal litigants

The Law society has suggested an extension of the current costs regime in employment tribunals.  In responding to a review of tribunal rules, the society has recommended two areas where costs could be awarded.  The first scenario is where litigants in person ˜constantly bombard opponents with unnecessary correspondence and applications.  The second was where a represented party attempted to intimidate an…

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Solicitors from Hell appeal thrown out

Rick Kordowski, the founder/operator of the now defunct solicitors from Hell website, has been refused permission to appeal the High Court ruling that closed down the website.  On 15 November 2011 Tugendhat J ordered that Mr Kordowski cease publishing the website.  On 7 December a final order was made, inter alia, preventing Mr Kordowski from establishing a similar website. In refusing permission sir…

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Defamation litigation statistics for 2011 published

The Inforrm Blog has published its annual summary of libel litigation in England and Wales. It reports that 23 final determination hearings were held in the High Court in 2011, down from 21 in 2010. Unusually, only three cases involved the mainstream media. Only two trials took place, neither of which were a jury trial.There has not been…

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Judgment handed down in Solicitors from Hell class action

Mr Justice Tugendhat has handed down judgment in the claim brought by Brett Wilson LLP on behalf of the Law society, Hine solicitors and Kevin McGrath against Rick Kordowski, the operator/publisher of solicitors from Hell.  Representative proceedings were brought by the Claimants under CPR 19.6 on behalf of those listed on the website and those…

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