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Solicitor who failed to provide breath test is fined

police station

A solicitor convicted of failing to provide police with a breath test has been fined £2,500 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Arguing that there was no case to answer, Olufemi Olujinmi said regulation should have a “human face” and the incident should be treated as a “moment of madness”.

May 5th, 2016

Faulks holds firm on PI reforms but promises to “hold insurers’ feet to the fire” on lower premiums

Neil Sugarman

The government consultation on further reforms to personal injury will not be published until after the EU referendum and will be implemented in 2017, the civil justice minister indicated today as he gave no ground on the measures to be put forward.

May 4th, 2016

“Massive space” for unregulated firms to advise SMEs, says head of online service

Robert Taylor Business Law Online

The founder of an unregulated law firm offering advice to SMEs has said there is a “massive space” for similar companies to move into the market. Robert Taylor, founder of Business Law Online, said small businesses wanted a “much more commercial” approach.

May 4th, 2016

Legal Futures Report

 

The fourth issue of Legal Futures Insight takes on arguably the biggest issue in the market today: what technology means for legal practice.

The purpose is not to look at what has become commonplace technology, but instead to look to the future, such as to artificial intelligence. We investigate how advanced data processing and contract analysis have delivered some spectacular results already, while virtual assistants could lead to a new breed of ‘knowledge worker’, who will not be a lawyer or accountant. Is AI the end of the lawyer, or actually liberation from more routine work?

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What’s next for small claims?

Michael Jeffries

The personal injury industry is waiting with bated breath for the government to publish its consultation paper following the proposals in the Chancellor’s last Autumn Statement that the small claims limit could rise from £1,000 to £5,000, and that injured victims of road traffic accidents would no longer be able to claim for whiplash. These reforms could dramatically change the way that people claim in the future, and how solicitors’ firms operate.

April 29th, 2016