Attorney turns U.S. lawyer to court

Industry players were appalled by the government’s unexpected decision to cancel the whipping reform to provide the litigants with a key safety net in person. The Department of Justice today postponed the implementation of the RTA claims portal to August 1, acknowledging that all necessary steps could not be completed to ensure that the plan was completed by April 6. […]

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Whiplash reforms delayed as MoJ removes claimants’ safety net

ustice secretary Robert Buckland QC MP has finally confirmed that the RTA portal for whiplash claims is being delayed. Scepticism has increased in recent weeks that the government would be able to meet its self-imposed 6 April for implementing the portal. A written statement in parliament was made today postponing the policy, with a new implementation date of 1 August. […]

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Conveyancing fraud gang jailed for diverting deposit monies

raudsters who hacked into clients’ accounts to divert conveyancing funds intended for their solicitor have been jailed. Five individuals were sentenced last week at Southwark Crown Court for their part in a £10m ‘payment diversion fraud’ scheme. Officers based in the Metropolitan Police’s specialist crime team identified 235 separate frauds committed by the quintet from 2014 to 2019. The gang […]

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‘Enhanced’ domestic abuse bill returns to parliament

ore than three years after the government pledged to end the cross-examination of domestic abuse victims by their alleged perpetrators in court, revised legislation has been brought back to parliament to end the controversial practice. Details were unveiled today of an ‘enhanced’ version of the Domestic Abuse Bill, which was introduced last July but whose progress was halted by September’s unlawful prorogation of […]

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Comedian shines spotlight on legal fees in IP row with fashion house

Joe Lycett

comedian who changed his name to that of a well-known international fashion brand has drawn attention to the potentially hefty legal bills that can be incurred in IP disputes.  Lycett has changed his name to Hugo Boss Source: Steve Meddle/Shutterstock Joe Lycett, who hosts Channel 4 consumer rights show ‘Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back’, announced over the weekend that he […]

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Ex-client liable for £210,000 solicitor’s costs after losing CFA appeal

he Court of Appeal has upheld a decision that a former law firm’s litigation client should pay her solicitors’ costs after the funding agreement between them ended prematurely. Lord Justice Lewison said the High Court had been correct in Butler v Bankside Commercial Ltd to interpret the words of a conditional fee agreement in broad terms. The client, Butler, had signed the […]

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Wife awarded £400k for sacrificing her solicitor career

Mr Justice Moor

woman who says she forsook her prospects of becoming a law firm partner to start a family with her solicitor-husband has been awarded £400,000 by a family court in a landmark divorce case. Mr Justice Moor, delivering judgment in private in RC v JC, said he found sufficient ‘relationship-generated disadvantage’ to justify awarding the wife compensation.  Mr Justice Moor says husband’s […]

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The 2019 NLJ Legal Awards to Honor Standout Lawyers, Firms

The National Law Journal will host its 2019 Legal Awards honoring the 2019 D.C. Rising Stars, Litigation Departments of the Year and other stellar law firms and lawyers on Oct. 30 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. This year’s honorees will include: Our 2019 D.C. Rising Stars. Our 40 honorees, who are 40 and under, represent a cross section of practice areas—from appellate to bankruptcy to international trade. They’ve […]

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Face to Face with The Hon. Sir Albert Rocky Palmer CBE, Chief Justice of the Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands are named after the biblical figure, King Solomon, who is perhaps best known for his wise judgement. It is perhaps fitting that the cover story for this issue of Hong Kong Lawyer focuses on a key figure of the Solomon Islands’ judiciary, the Hon. Sir Albert Rocky Palmer CBE, Chief Justice of the Solomon Islands. Between Asia […]

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