Are lawyers Davenport Lyons big massive bullies?
The question mark in the headline not only asks a genuine question but, with any luck, acts as a safeguard against any potential lawsuits because, as I sit here in my undercrackers eating Angel Delight dry from the sachet and borrowing an article from another website, I've got no idea.
Pointless disclaimer out of the way, consumer watchdog Which? is all pleased at the news that the solicitors’ watchdog - Solicitors Regulation Authority - will pursue its complaint about a London law firm, Davenport Lyons, which accused hundreds of people of illegal file sharing despite the fact they'd done nothing wrong.
The SRA have agreed with the Which? accusation that Davenport Lyons of being 'bullying' and 'excessive' and that there are grounds to call them to account.
It's going to a disciplinary tribunal.
Deborah Prince, Head of Legal Affairs, Which?, said: "We’re pleased to see some action at last from the SRA and hope the tide is finally turning in favour of consumers. We now want to see some decisive action to stop these bully-boy tactics. We hope the SRA’s decision sends a message to law firms like ACS and TBI that they can’t make a quick buck by accusing people of copyright infringements they haven’t committed."
Apparently, Which? continually hears from people angered by letters they've received that wrongly accuse them of illegal file sharing and demanding payment for their ‘crime’. It has produced advice for such people on its website, which you can find here.
Have any of you lot had any bother with letters such as this? Feel free to rant in the comments.