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  • Plan for 28-month Online Court pilot emerges as MR foresees live-streaming Court of Appeal
    A 28-month pilot of the Online Court is to start next month, with HM Courts and Tribunal Service providing face-to-face assistance to the half of people signed up to it who are expected to need help with filling in forms. Meanwhile, the Master of the Rolls has suggested that physical hearings may become capable of […]
  • Now SRA shuts down Asons’ successor firm
    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has today shut down Bolton firm Coops Law, less than three months since it took over the practice of controversial practice Asons, which was also closed down by the regulator. The post Now SRA shuts down Asons’ successor firm appeared first on Legal Futures.
  • Slipping through their fingers – mystery shopping shows law firms not following up enquiries
    A ‘mystery shopping’ exercise to test law firms’ ability to communicate with customers has shown progress, yet the proportion of solicitors willing to follow up incoming calls from the public, although better than last year, was still “drastically low”. The post Slipping through their fingers – mystery shopping shows law firms not following up enquiries […]
  • AI technology “transformative but carries risks”, says Slaughters report
    Company directors should consider the risks of using artificial intelligence technology so as to understand and manage their liability, according to a report by magic circle law firm Slaughter & May. AI was “the most transformative technology” of this century, it said. However, risks included AI being maliciously ‘re-purposed’. The post AI technology “transformative but […]
  • High Court overturns dishonesty finding against solicitor due to “serious procedural irregularities”
    The High Court has overturned a finding of dishonesty made by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal against a prominent solicitor because the allegation was not tested during the hearing. The case also saw the president of the Queen’s Bench Division, Sir Brian Leveson, insist that honesty and integrity are not synonymous. The post High Court overturns […]
  • Number of law firms closed down by SRA falls to 12-year low
    The number of law firms closed down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority has fallen to its lowest point for more than a decade, as the impact of the 2008 crash finally recedes, figures released today have shown in an annual review that put into numbers the amount of work the regulator does. The post Number […]

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  • Grenfell Tower fire: police considering manslaughter charges
    Detectives say building’s insulation and cladding tiles failed fire safety tests and they are establishing if use was illegalPolice have said they are considering manslaughter charges in relation to the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze as they revealed that the insulation and cladding tiles at the building failed safety tests.Det Supt Fiona McCormack, who is overseeing […]
  • School holidays row: Isle of Wight man loses legal fight over daughter's absence
    Jon Platt’s legal battle over his daughter’s term-time holiday ends in disappointment – and bill of £140,000 to taxpayerA father who took his child out of school for a holiday during term time, sparking a long-running legal fight, has been found guilty of failing to secure her regular attendance.Jon Platt’s campaign had previously gone all […]
  • Hong Kong's new chief: detention of booksellers in China not our concern
    Carrie Lam says it is not government’s place to challenge mainland over abduction and detention of city’s booksellersThe kidnapping and detention of a group of Hong Kong booksellers is of no concern to the city’s government, its new leader has said.Five booksellers associated with Hong Kong-based Mighty Current publishing were detained two years ago by […]
  • North Korea denies US student Otto Warmbier was tortured
    Pyongyang spokesman says student who was sent to US in coma was kept ‘under humanitarian conditions’ in prisonNorth Korea has accused the US of conducting a smear campaign against the regime over Otto Warmbier, the American student who was sent home in a coma after 17 months in prison.The 22-year-old, who died on 19 June […]
  • EU members abstain as Britain defeated in UN vote on Chagos Islands
    Mauritius supported by 94 nations in move to consult The Hague over colonial hold of Indian Ocean territory by BritishThe UK has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations general assembly in a vote over decolonisation and its residual hold over disputed territory in the Indian Ocean. By a margin of 94 to 15 […]
  • Bill Cosby plans to teach young people how to not get accused of sexual assault
    Just days after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial, spokespeople said the disgraced comedian will embark on ‘town halls’ about the issueJust days after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial, Bill Cosby wants to embark on a series of “town halls” to speak to young people about sexual assault – specifically, […]