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Mis-Drafting of Partnership Agreement Leads to £1.6 Million Award

A leading firm of solicitors has been ordered to pay more than £1.6 million in damages for professional negligence after a busy lawyer misunderstood or misremembered his client’s instructions when drafting a partnership agreement.

The law firm had been retained to advise a headhunting business on a refinancing package that involved a Middle Eastern bank taking a 25 per cent stake in the limited liability partnership for £2.5 million. The

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Investment Mis-Selling Dispute ‘Cries Out for Mediation’

In a case which highlighted the need for co-operation between opposing legal teams even in the most hotly contested litigation, the High Court has called for mediation and an end to procedural point scoring in a commercial dispute in which legal costs bills were projected to exceed £2 million.

An investment bank’s customer was suing it for £1.3 million, claiming that he had been mis-sold investments. Because the bank had

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Legal Aid Not Available in Homelessness Appeals

In a case which threw into stark relief the grave consequences of legal aid cuts in the civil justice system, a leading firm of solicitors has failed to convince the High Court that public funding should be made available for those who appeal against local authority homelessness decisions.

The firm, one of the UK’s largest publicly funded practices with contracts to provide advice and representation in criminal, family, public law

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Legal Aid Cuts Impacting on Family Justice

In a telling example of the severe impact that funding cuts are having on the family justice system, a senior judge has asked the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) to ‘look again’ at a case in which a father had been refused financial assistance in defending himself against an allegation of rape.

The father had applied for contact with his three-year-old child but the mother had responded with an accusation that

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