Publication: Law Society Gazette

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Woolf resigns from inquiry role

City solicitor and former Law Society president Fiona Woolf this evening stepped down as head of an inquiry into historical child abuse after groups representing victims told the Home Office that they were unanimous that she should go.Earlier, Woolf, ... [Published Law Society Gazette - 18 hours ago]
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Hundreds of firms given PII false alarm

Hundreds of law firms have been given notice that they may have to stop taking new business because of a failure to renew their professional indemnity insurance (PII) – despite having successfully obtained cover, the Solicitors Regulation Authority admitted ... [Published Law Society Gazette - 18 hours ago]
First reported Oct 31 2014 - Updated 19 hours ago - 1 reports

Supreme Court turns down flight delay appeals

The Supreme Court has opened the way to a wave of claims against airlines by refusing applications to appeal in two landmark flight delay compensation cases.In an order published today, the court denied Jet2.com and Thomson Airways Limited leave to appeal ... [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 31 2014]
First reported Oct 31 2014 - Updated 20 hours ago - 1 reports

Fiona Woolf defends abuse inquiry role

Former Law Society president Fiona Woolf has made an impassioned defence of her position as chair of an inquiry into historical child sex abuse.In a letter to the House of Commons home affairs select committee chair Keith Vaz, Woolf reiterates that there ... [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 31 2014]
First reported 22 hours ago - Updated 22 hours ago - 1 reports

Labour promises legal aid review – but no new money

The shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter came under attack from criminal solicitors today for saying that a Labour government would not be able to reverse legal aid cuts made by the coalition.Speaking at the Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) ... [Published Law Society Gazette - 22 hours ago]
First reported 22 hours ago - Updated 22 hours ago - 1 reports

Firm hires: ​Druces

Druces, a focused business and private wealth law practice at the heart of the Square Mile, has made a raft of senior lateral hires.These hires enhance a business law team to complement the firm’s private wealth expertise and caters to the dynamic market ... [Published Law Society Gazette - 22 hours ago]
First reported 23 hours ago - Updated 23 hours ago - 1 reports

Mental health

Re X and others (Deprivation of Liberty) (Number 2): Court of Protection (Sir James Munby): 16 October 2014Court of Protection – Practice – Application to the court – Court previously answering questions of law – Court supplementing and elaborating on ... [Published Law Society Gazette - 23 hours ago]
First reported 23 hours ago - Updated 23 hours ago - 1 reports

Insurance

Sugar Hut Group and others v A J : Queen’s Bench Division, Commercial Court (Mr Justice Eder): 20 October 2014Claim – Business interruption losses – Fire occurring at nightclub – Nightclub being closed for almost one year – Claimants claiming entitled ... [Published Law Society Gazette - 23 hours ago]
Entities: Claimant, Turnover, Sugar
First reported Oct 30 2014 - Updated Oct 30 2014 - 1 reports

Infant claims costs clarification due by January

New rules on the application of the Jackson civil litigation reforms to claims on behalf of infants are likely to be published at the turn of the year.Since April 2013 when the reforms came in to force, claimant lawyers have flagged up the trend of judges ... [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 30 2014]
First reported Oct 30 2014 - Updated Oct 30 2014 - 1 reports

High Court imposes costs budgeting on £18m claim

The High Court has imposed costs budgeting rules on a damages claim worth £18m, making it one of the largest cases to be subject to the discipline.The Honourable Mr Justice Coulson, sitting in the Technology and Construction Court, said the court had ... [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 30 2014]
First reported Oct 30 2014 - Updated Oct 30 2014 - 1 reports

Ex-Halliwells partners win exemption from liquidator’s claim

Nine former partners of collapsed firm Halliwells have defeated a court bid by the firm’s liquidator to claim back hundreds of thousands of pounds from them in allegedly overpaid drawings.Halliwells, formerly one of the UK’s biggest regional law firms ... [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 30 2014]
First reported Oct 30 2014 - Updated Oct 30 2014 - 1 reports

Diversity quotas back on agenda at league table launch

One of the founders of the Black Solicitors Network (BSN) has called on the legal regulators to consider introducing quotas and targets to promote diversity.Cordella Bart-Stewart, a fee-paid immigration judge and sole principal of Stewart & Co, was speaking ... [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 30 2014]

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In a statement this evening May said: "It is with regret that I accepted Fiona Woolf’s resignation today. I believe she would have carried out her duties with integrity, impartiality and to the highest standard."
Gordon Ramsay, SRA director of legal and enforcement, said: "Solicitors hold positions of trust and Mr Latif abused that position. He also made misleading statements, which was dishonest, and we don’t want dishonesty in the profession."

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Hundreds of firms given PII false alarm [Published Law Society Gazette - 18 hours ago]
Woolf resigns from inquiry role [Published Law Society Gazette - 18 hours ago]
Labour promises legal aid review – but no new m... [Published Law Society Gazette - 22 hours ago]
Firm hires: ​Druces [Published Law Society Gazette - 22 hours ago]
Insurance [Published Law Society Gazette - 23 hours ago]
Mental health [Published Law Society Gazette - 23 hours ago]
Fiona Woolf defends abuse inquiry role [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 31 2014]
Supreme Court turns down flight delay appeals [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 31 2014]
High Court imposes costs budgeting on £18m claim [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 30 2014]
Infant claims costs clarification due by January [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 30 2014]
Ex-Halliwells partners win exemption from liqui... [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 30 2014]
Diversity quotas back on agenda at league table... [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 30 2014]
Birmingham solicitor struck off after admitting... [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 30 2014]
Legal diversity rankings revealed [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 29 2014]
Judicial reviews against government up 92% [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 29 2014]
Immigration backlog could spawn further litigation [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 29 2014]
Insurers still crave reform despite premiums fall [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 29 2014]
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Growth consultancy deal: Match Solicitors [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 28 2014]
Government defeated in Lords on JR reform [Published Law Society Gazette - Oct 28 2014]
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