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Law firm loses £110,000 after e-mail scam as serial conveyancing fraudster faces jail

Oonagh Frances Grant

A law firm has lost more than £100,000 from a property transaction after falling for an e-mail scam, it has been reported. It comes as a conveyancer who had already been convicted of fraud and banned from working in law firms has been convicted again after defrauding three firms where she secured employment after changing her name.

May 30th, 2017

Family law solicitor opts for “quick and transparent” BSB entity regulation

Alexandra Lewis

A high-profile family law sole practitioner solicitor has acquired a Bar Standards Board-regulated entity because the no-frills regulation it offered was, she said, an “easy fit” for her low-risk practice. Oxford-based Alexandra Lewis Family Law Limited received BSB authorisation at the end of last month.

May 30th, 2017

Law Society “abused dominant position” with CQS training monopoly, competition tribunal rules

Bernard George

The Law Society abused its dominant position by requiring over 3,000 law firms to buy its own training in order to maintain their Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation, the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled. It is likely that the case will cost the society at least £1m.

May 26th, 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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The rise of the multi-disciplinary lawyer: A challenge for legal education

Catrina Denvir

The legal profession has been on the receiving end of much hype regarding the impact of technology. Recent commentators purport that the aspiring lawyer must be a triple threat, possessing knowledge of the law, coding expertise, and in-depth knowledge of legal technology. Yet, focusing on legal technology risks overlooking the need for skills that transcend latest fads. Legal technology is a means by which to handle data: to organise it, record it, extract it, analyse it, predict from it and leverage it. Quantitative and statistical literacy – the ability to understand, apply, visualise and infer from data – underpins technological literacy and yet receives very little attention from those who encourage innovation in the legal curriculum.

May 26th, 2017