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Quindell sale moves closer after shareholders approve deal

London Stock Exchange

The sale of Quindell’s professional services division moved a major step closed today after the company’s shareholders approved the disposal to Slater & Gordon.

April 17th, 2015

Solicitors set for client account alternative this year

SRA logo on brick wall

Solicitors will soon be able to ditch client accounts and instead use “third-party managed accounts”, their regulator has revealed. THe SRA said the use of such accounts may offer a lower-cost alternative that continues to provide appropriate protection.

April 17th, 2015

SRA pokes hornets’ nest as it asks whether to drop referral fee ban in legal aid cases

referral fee or bribe

The Solicitors Regulation Authority yesterday started an “open” debate about allowing solicitors to pay referral fees for legal aid and criminal work, saying the present ban acts as a barrier to consumer choice. The move is likely to be met with anger by the Bar Council.

April 17th, 2015

Legal Futures Report

 

This Legal Futures Special Report, published in association with Thomson Reuters, looks at how SME law firms are driving change in the delivery of legal services. The report also highlights the central role technology is having, with firms using it either to improve what is already in place today or to enable the delivery of services in new ways.

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The cab-rank rule – are its days numbered?

End of road sign

‘The cab-rank rule is dead, long live the cab-rank principle’, or words to that effect, may be heard before too long. More than two years after the prescriptive-rule-versus-laudable-principle debate was sparked, the Bar Standards Board appears ready to consider converting the rule and its many exceptions into an outcomes-focused foundation of barristers’ practice.

April 16th, 2015