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Ethics Guidance – Transparency in Price and Service

16th November, 2018

It is reported that a quarter of all complaints dealt with by the Legal Ombudsman revolve around costs. Therefore to avoid complaints and confusion, it is important to be clear from the outset. The new Transparency Rules (which the SRA have now confirmed will come into effect on 6 December 2018) require that accurate and relevant information is... Read More »

Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance: Run-off and alternative regulators

18th July, 2018

Special Focus: Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance Run-off – it dominates the thoughts of sole practitioners and partners in smaller law firms in my experience and restricts the ambitions of firms. The SRA could help law firms by relaxing their rules on run-off cover on their Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance to help firms merge or close more easily. This would protect... Read More »

Solicitor Ordered to Pay £54,000 in Costs on Appeal from Fine of £2,000

19th January, 2018

Professional misconduct was recently at issue in the case of Donna Eloise Cannon v Solicitors Regulation Authority Case No: 11547-2016 Ms Cannon was ordered to pay the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (“SRA”) costs of £54,000 when she decided to appeal a decision to impose a Rebuke, fine of £2,000 and costs of £1,350. Ms Cannon, who was at the... Read More »

Solicitors and Former Clients’ Access to Files

4th January, 2018

If you fear a claim or complaint against your firm what rights do you have to limit access to a former client and their new advisers? The recent case of Green & Others v SGI Legal LLP Case No: CL1706093, ruled on a situation that many solicitors may have found themselves; a client has requested a file and... Read More »

Criminal Finance Act 2017 – Failing to prevent tax evasion

8th September, 2017

The Criminal Finance Act 2017 is due to come into force at the end of September. The Act provides that companies and partnerships will be criminally liable if they fail to prevent tax evasion by an employee or external agent. The regulations cover taxes in the UK and overseas. To be liable there must have been: Criminal tax... Read More »

Incorporation – Limited Company or LLP?

28th July, 2017

So, you want to incorporate?  Incorporation provides limited liability and that is really useful.  With a few exceptions, it means that a business failure may not affect your personal assets.  It provides a vehicle for others to invest in your business and enables you to give a stake to key staff.  It can also be tax efficient in... Read More »

Checklist: What to do when a client requests a file

6th July, 2017

On 21 March 2017 the Law Society released guidance entitled, ‘Who owns the file?’. The guidance focuses on assisting firms to identify which documents in a client file belong to them and which documents belong to the client. The issue of what documents belong to who is a question that is asked frequently among many law firms. The... Read More »

Buyers of Legal Service Beware!

4th July, 2017

In the case of Ndole Assets Ltd v Designer M & E Services UK Ltd [2017] EWHC 1148 (TCC) an unregulated business has been criticised for not making clear at the outset of the matter, both to the other party and to the Technology and Construction Court (TCC), that they were not a firm of solicitors. A common... Read More »

CFAs, Costs and Professional Conduct Issues

23rd January, 2017

A string of recent case law has provided us with reminders and clarified certain points of law. Here we provide you with a whistle stop tour of the latest principles to emerge. Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) Engeham v London & Quadrant Housing Trust and the Academy of Plumbing (in liquidation) [2016] 3 Costs LO 357 reminds us of... Read More »

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