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Plan for 28-month Online Court pilot emerges as MR foresees live-streaming Court of Appeal

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A 28-month pilot of the Online Court is to start next month, with HM Courts and Tribunal Service providing face-to-face assistance to the half of people signed up to it who are expected to need help with filling in forms. Meanwhile, the Master of the Rolls has suggested that physical hearings may become capable of live streaming, particularly in the Court of Appeal.

June 23rd, 2017

Now SRA shuts down Asons’ successor firm

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority has today shut down Bolton firm Coops Law, less than three months since it took over the practice of controversial practice Asons, which was also closed down by the regulator.

June 23rd, 2017

Slipping through their fingers – mystery shopping shows law firms not following up enquiries

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A ‘mystery shopping’ exercise to test law firms’ ability to communicate with customers has shown progress, yet the proportion of solicitors willing to follow up incoming calls from the public, although better than last year, was still “drastically low”.

June 23rd, 2017

Legal Futures Report

 

This Legal Futures roundtable report, published in association with Thomson Reuters, looks at what SME law firms are doing to grow their profit margins at a time of economic uncertainty and ever-greater competition. What was so striking about the debate was that despite the very different practices represented around the table, the approach was largely the same. Putting a few lawyers around a table invariably produces a stimulating and challenging discussion, and this was no different.

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Is it time solicitors started taking ethics training more seriously?

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The requirement for solicitors to behave ethically in modern legal practice is more relevant than ever. Solicitors are still held in fairly high regard by the public, although that esteem is on the wane according to last year’s Trusted Professions poll by Ipsos Mori. Lawyers are less trusted than teachers and doctors but at least we prevail over accountants and bankers. We still hold a position of trust but we must work to hold that position. The current Solicitors Regulation Authority proposals to revise the Handbook are evidence that work still needs to be done.

June 21st, 2017