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  • High Court: Attempted murder conviction “wholly incompatible” with remaining a solicitor
    It is “beyond argument” that a solicitor sentenced to any substantial term of imprisonment should be struck off, the president of the Queen’s Bench Division said yesterday as the High Court increased an indefinite suspension imposed on a former senior Crown prosecutor convicted of the attempted murder of his wife to a strike-off. The post […]
  • Law firm consolidator’s latest deal takes projected turnover to £23m in less than two years
    Law firm consolidator Metamorph Law has unveiled its first acquisition of 2018 with a deal to buy leading Shropshire general practice Terry Jones Solicitors, which has a turnover of around £5m. Following four acquisitions last year, Metamorph said this latest addition meant it was looking to generate a fee income in excess of £23m in […]
  • Break your silence on legal aid cuts, lawyers tell Legal Services Board
    If the Legal Services Board is serious about promoting access to justice it must end its silence on the legal aid cuts, lawyers’ organisations have said. The Bar Council accused the oversight regulator of acting like “another department of government” by refusing to comment. The post Break your silence on legal aid cuts, lawyers tell […]
  • Solicitor who lied about property during own divorce is struck off
    A partner in a South Yorkshire law firm who failed to disclose on the financial statement for his own divorce proceedings ownership of a second property has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He falsely stated that the proceeds of sale of the building had been invested in a failed property venture. The […]
  • Online quotes giving specialist conveyancers edge over high street solicitors
    High street solicitors are losing out to specialist conveyancing businesses in capturing clients, new research has shown, but all lawyers still have much to improve on client communication. More than a third of clients would even consider paying more for a premium service, it found. The post Online quotes giving specialist conveyancers edge over high […]
  • Law Society and CBA float prosecution and defence career option to tackle criminal lawyer shortage
    The Law Society and the Criminal Bar Association are discussing the possibility of a new career path for criminal lawyers involving both defence and prosecution work, it has emerged, after the CBA chair warned of the “decimation” of both the criminal Bar and the solicitors’ profession if no action was taken to tackle an “unprecedented […]

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  • Freehold on disputed Birmingham leasehold flats goes on sale
    As tenants claim ground rent has devalued their homes, law watchdog warns on leaseholdsThe freehold to a 1960s block of flats near Birmingham regarded as the worst example of leasehold abuse in Britain will be auctioned on Thursday, as a new report warns that the leasehold system is on borrowed time. Continue reading...
  • Perpetrators of domestic abuse more likely to go to jail
    New rules in England and Wales advise punishing emotional or psychological abusePerpetrators of domestic abuse are more likely to be sent to prison – even if they inflict emotional or psychological rather than physical harm alone – under new guidelines being published by the Sentencing Council. Existing rules recommend that convicted offenders whose actions result […]
  • The Guardian view on Worboys and the police: moral and legal dereliction | Editorial
    The courts have found that the Met failed in its civic duty to serve victims of a heinous crime. As a society we will have to confront the role of the victim in the post-sentencing process tooThere is no doubt that the Metropolitan police committed terrible errors in their handling the case of John Worboys, […]
  • ‘I’ve been here for 50 years’: the scandal of the former Commonwealth citizens threatened with deportation
    They have lived nearly all their lives in the UK, working and paying taxes. But in the draconian new immigration climate, an increasing number of elderly people are being told that they are here illegallyFor the past year, Renford McIntyre has been homeless, mostly sleeping on a sofa in an unheated industrial unit in Dudley. […]
  • How international law could help victims of environmental degradation | Monica Feria-Tinta and Simon Milnes
    Landmark court rulings could help people get redress where one state’s actions cause damage such as sea or air pollution across country bordersSomething moved in the machineries of international law earlier this month. A turn in the lock, a small latch releasing a door. How big, how wide, remains to be seen. But nonetheless a […]
  • John Worboys' victims win human rights case against police
    Met failed to investigate two women’s allegations effectively, court rules in far-reaching caseTwo victims of John Worboys have won their claim for compensation from the Metropolitan police after the supreme court ruled that the force had failed to carry out an effective investigation into the serial sex attacker.The judgment sets a far-reaching precedent for police […]