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Incompetence as a defence? Stick to what you know!

Published on 24 July 2015. By Sally Lord, Associate

Branching out into an unknown area of law as a favour to one of your well-respected clients may seem like a natural extension to the "all-round client service" that you are accustomed to providing.

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A sting in the tail: ACAS Early Conciliation requirements take their toll on unwary Claimants

Published on 11 June 2015. By Claire Revell, Senior Associate

The ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme came into force in April 2014 and has been lauded for its part in the significant reduction in Employment Tribunal claims in the last year.

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Section 14A: Equity aids the vigilant!

Published on 19 May 2015. By Aimee Talbot, Associate

The recent Court of Appeal case of Chinnock –v- Veale Wasbrough [2015] EWCA Civ 441 is a stark reminder to potential claimants to seek a second opinion if they are dissatisfied with their legal advice, or risk the consequences.

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We have all the time in the world: the Supreme Court rules that a wife can pursue a financial settlement from her husband 23 years after they divorce

Published on 07 May 2015. By Claire Revell, Senior Associate

The Supreme Court recently week handed down its decision in Wyatt v Vince, a case which has troubled both the headlines and anyone that divorced in the last decade or two.

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CFAs continue for insolvent companies

Published on 30 April 2015. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

In April 2013, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) came into force, making the success fee applied to a Conditional Fee Arrangement (CFA), and the After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums, irrecoverable by a successful party to litigation proceedings.

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Oxford solicitor receives biggest SDT fine yet

Published on 14 April 2015. By Aimee Talbot, Associate

Former solicitor Nigel Harvie has been ordered to pay £305,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ("SDT") – the biggest fine (by a long way) ever imposed by the tribunal.

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Fraud Alert 3 – a new weapon

Published on 09 April 2015. By Jonathan Wyles, Legal Director

In July 2014 and February 2015 we warned about fraudsters targeting law firms client accounts, especially on Friday afternoons.

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Key Reforms to CPR Part 36

Published on 08 April 2015. By Tina Campbell, Senior Associate

Part 36 is a crucial tool in litigation. Most claims end in a settlement and the incentives and penalties within Part 36 help to encourage parties to make/accept sensible offers.

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Solicitors' responsibility for conveyancing credit risk denied by the High Court

10 March 2015

In a transaction the claimant's own counsel described as 'murky', the High Court has dismissed a negligence claim against solicitors for the alleged failure to make further enquiries regarding the solvency of the vendor:

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Part 36 – Make your offers early

Published on 06 March 2015. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

A recent judgment has highlighted the importance of early timing in the making of Part 36 offers.

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