R (on the application of Kerman & Co LLP) v Legal Ombudsman

Solicitor – Merger of firms of solicitors. The claimant solicitors' firm sought judicial review of the defendant Legal Ombudsman's decision that it was responsible for a complaint made against another firm, as its successor. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the claimant was 'an authorised person', under s 128(1) of the Legal Services Act 2007, over which the Legal Ombudsman had jurisdiction. That was on the basis that 'person', under s 132(2) of the Act, was not limited to an individual human being. Accordingly, the claimant, due to the transfer of the other firm's business, was the proper respondent to the complaint.

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