Leeds Lawyer’s *** Street Battle . . A solicitor struggled to beat off street robbers trying to steal her valuable car in a battle in Leeds, UK. The CCTV pictures showed Helen Crockett being dragged outside her family law practice. “I’m about 5ft 6ins tall and weigh under eight stone and I’m not particularly strong, but I’m quite strong-willed. I wasn’t about to just casually give up.
“It was really traumatic, but I don’t want to become a victim because of it. I’m just really angry.”
Middle-aged Mrs Crockett, who runs the firm Crockett and Co on Harehills Lane, had left work and was about to get into her BMW Z4, which was parked on Cowper Mount when two hooded men pounced. Read more.
*** All out of Love . . Courtney’s out of Love with her lawyer, launching a legal action and accusing the attorney of wrecking her relationship with daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
Love is suing Rhonda Holmes, who she hired in 2008 to try to track down millions of dollars missing from her late husband Kurt Cobain’s estate.
She claims the lawyer made false statements about her to Frances in a 2009 letter, in which she is alleged to have written about a “very scary conspiracy” against the teen – the heir of the Nirvana star’s fortune.
Love alleges that the note was a breach of client confidentiality, and insists it has driven a wedge between mother and daughter.
**** Plead Guilty, They Pay/Say . . UK lawyers will be given financial incentives to encourage clients to plead guilty early under government reforms to legal aid but will lose money if cases go to trial, according to solicitors in London and a report carried in The Guardian.
The warning emerged during the last day of the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on saving £220m from the annual criminal legal aid budget and as former Liberal Democrats prepared to protest outside the party’s headquarters against coalition support for the policy.
The London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA), which has examined revised fee figures in the MoJ consultation, says that a pattern of perverse financial incentives will affect both magistrate and crown court cases.