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  • Legal Ombudsman: Finances finally in order but now performance needs to improve
    The Legal Ombudsman has to improve its performance, the chief ombudsman admitted yesterday as its annual report showed that it lagged badly on the speed with which it dealt with complaints. However, user satisfaction with the service – the proxy used for quality – was well above target, although it fell significantly on the year […]
  • Government eyes £650m “legal services marketplace” for public sector advice
    The government is planning to create a UK-wide £650m “legal services marketplace” from which the public sector will procure commercial legal services, it has emerged. It will cover central government departments and their associated bodies, including the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, along with the wider public sector. The post Government eyes […]
  • Singapore targets UK law firms and tech start-ups as bridgehead to Asia
    Singapore has begun marketing itself to UK law firms wanting to access Asia’s lawtech start-up community, as well as UK start-ups wanting to expand beyond these shores, with what it says in south-east Asia’s first lawtech accelerator. The post Singapore targets UK law firms and tech start-ups as bridgehead to Asia appeared first on Legal […]
  • Struck-off solicitor wins right to sue for loans made before intervention
    A sole practitioner who was struck off six years ago has won the right to sue for loans he made before his East London firm was closed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A deputy High Court judge ruled that eight out of 19 loans at issue did not vest in the Law Society (acting through […]
  • Ex-FBI cyber chief warns lawyers over corporate espionage
    Basic digital housekeeping like keeping software up-to-date and backing up data separately from your network will solve most cyber-security issues - with corporate espionage one issue law firms have to face - according to a former assistant director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. The post Ex-FBI cyber chief warns lawyers over corporate espionage […]
  • Suspended barrister sanctioned again for not attending court hearing
    A barrister currently serving a suspension for conducting litigation without authorisation has now received a hefty fine for failing to attend an Upper Tribunal hearing without good reason. He was fined £5,000 by a Bar disciplinary tribunal – a large sum by its standards, although a tenth of the maximum it can fine – for […]

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  • #metoo is raising awareness, but taking sexual abuse to court is a minefield
    Attitudes to harassment may be changing, but there are still huge hurdles for women around the world wanting to take cases to courtGlobal fascination with the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein revelations has focused on Hollywood, as well as parallel scandals in international sport and the music industry, but the #metoo stream on Twitter has […]
  • List of Harvey Weinstein's accusers grows as ripple of effects spread globally
    Lupita Nyong’o claims Weinstein harassed her when she was a film student, as police in three cities continue investigations and #metoo gains momentumA list of the accusations made against Harvey WeinsteinThe Los Angeles police department has opened an investigation into sexual assault allegations made against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as famous victims continued to […]
  • Lloyds was not bullied into buying HBOS, high court hears
    Former directors reject claim by bank shareholders that Gordon Brown’s government pushed bank into buying HBOS to avoid nationalisationLloyds Bank and five of its former directors “emphatically reject” allegations they were bullied into taking over HBOS, their QC has told the high court.Helen Davies was responding to claims made by 6,000 Lloyds shareholders, who have […]
  • The debate of Victoria’s assisted dying bill was not democracy's finest hour | Gay Alcorn
    During three days sitting deep into the night and against sometimes bizarre objections, an exhausted yet determined government persevered That was ridiculous. Victoria’s lower house parliamentarians may have given themselves a hearty clap at about 11.20am Friday, after sitting for 25 hours straight to pass what so many declared was one of the most significant […]
  • UN tells China to release human rights activists and pay them compensation
    Exclusive Document given to the Guardian rejects Chinese government claims that activists voluntarily confessed to their crimes at trialsThe United Nations has demanded that China should immediately release prominent human rights activists from detention and pay them compensation, according to an unreleased document obtained by the Guardian.The report, which has not been made public, from […]
  • Our law societies drag their feet on marriage equality | Richard Ackland
    A brave few voice our human rights obligations, but too many solicitors and barrister big wigs say nothing Lawyers normally let phrases like “equality before the law” or “non-discriminatory” roll off their tongues with silken ease. Yet when it comes to something fundamental, like marriage equality, some of them just downright jam up, with the […]