Law Society in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Langford v The Law Society
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 09 Diciembre 2002

    That is to say, in dealing with an appeal of this kind, a greater flexibility is now appropriate than was suggested in Bolton which was decided before the coming in to force of the Human Rights Act.

  • Holder v Law Society
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 24 Enero 2003

    In the present case, the "margin" arises at two stages: first, the discretion allowed to the legislature in establishing the statutory regime, and, secondly, the discretion of the Law Society as the body entrusted with the decision in an individual case. I see no material difference between this and the "fair balance" which Article 1 requires.

  • Parry-Jones v Law Society
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 15 Noviembre 1967

    So far as Mr Parry-Jones' point as to privilege is concerned, privilege of course is irrelevant when one is not concerned with judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings because, strictly speaking, privilege refers to a right to withhold from a court, or a tribunal exercising judicial functions, material which would otherwise be admissible in evidence. What we are concerned with here is the contractual duty of confidence, generally implied though sometimes expressed, between a solicitor and client.

  • Bolton v The Law Society
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 06 Diciembre 1993

    But none of them touches the essential issue, which is the need to maintain among members of the public a well-founded confidence that any solicitor whom they instruct will be a person of unquestionable integrity, probity and trustworthiness. The reputation of the profession is more important than the fortunes of any individual member. Membership of a profession brings many benefits, but that is a part of the price.

  • Bristol and West Building Society v Mothew
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 24 Julio 1996

    A fiduciary is someone who has undertaken to act for or on behalf of another in a particular matter in circumstances which give rise to a relationship of trust and confidence. The distinguishing obligation of a fiduciary is the obligation of loyalty.

  • Swain v The Law Society
    • House of Lords
    • 01 Julio 1982

    The Council in exercising its powers under the Act to make rules and regulations and the Society in discharging functions vested in it by the Act or by such rules or regulations, are acting in a public capacity and what they do in that capacity is governed by public law; and although the legal consequences of doing it may result in creating rights enforceable in private law, those rights are not necessarily the same as those that would flow in private law from doing a similar act otherwise than in the exercise of statutory powers.

  • R (Dean & Dean) v Law Society & Their Agents
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 06 Noviembre 2008

    The production and intervention powers of the Law Society to investigate suspected malpractice by members of the profession are far-reaching. They are, Parliament has decided, necessary for the protection of the public and of the profession. They must, of course, be exercised fairly and on proper grounds. Once properly invoked it is the duty of the solicitor to comply.

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