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DAC Beachcroft turns claims group into ABS

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International law firm DAC Beachcroft’s Claims Solutions Group, which employs 900 people across the UK, became an alternative business structure yesterday. Craig Dickson, chief executive of the group, said the move would help it respond to the “fluid” legal claims market.

September 3rd, 2015

Law firms need to work on giving female barristers equal “crack of the whip” on instructions

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Male solicitors must be alert to their “unconscious assumptions” and ensure female barristers get an “equal crack of the whip in winning work on their merits”, the vice-chair of the Bar Standards Board has said. Patricia Robertson QC also said it was essential for women barristers to “find the right life partner”.

September 2nd, 2015

Exclusive: Clerksroom chosen for nationwide commercial dispute resolution service

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National chambers Clerksroom has announced a partnership with a not-for-profit business that describes itself as the biggest multi-sector ombudsman in the UK, to provide commercial dispute resolution services for up to 10,000 businesses. It could be the biggest mediation opportunity to arise in the UK to date.

September 2nd, 2015

Legal Futures Report

 

The second issue of Legal Futures Insight explores some of the big changes shaping the future of conveyancing. With award-winning marketing, massive investment and a later than expected launch, Veyo has finally arrived. Leading conveyancers, including the head of a top five firm, the new president of the Law Society and licensed conveyancers myhomemove give their very different reactions.

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Law and money: Not the usual story

Mark A Cohen

Stories about law and money are as common as corned beef and cabbage on St Patrick’s Day. They usually chronicle large law firm acquisitions, peripatetic laterals, or practice groups migrating to a firm with a higher profit-per-partner. Recent events involving a US legal service provider, a Chinese law firm, and a UK firm confirm that the law and money story is developing new plot lines emblematic of changes in the global legal services landscape.

August 25th, 2015