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Peers pave way for new breed of lawyer – licensed probate practitioners

Dianne Hayter web

The House of Lords has given the Council for Licensed Conveyancers the power to issue standalone licences for people to conduct reserved probate work without them having to become licensed conveyancers first.

March 6th, 2015

“Tragedy” of struck-off solicitor – but High Court upholds dishonesty finding


A solicitor with an “unblemished” record stretching back many years has failed in his attempt to appeal a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal decision that found him guilty of dishonesty. Mr Justice Holman said it was a “great personal and professional tragedy”.

March 6th, 2015

Innovation in providing legal services will be “paramount”, survey finds

Tim Long

A large majority of law firms think that, over the next five years, “innovation in providing legal services will be paramount” as they reach the limit of cost-cutting measures, a survey has found.

March 5th, 2015

County court backs law student McKenzie Friend scheme

Phil Drake

Huddersfield County Court has backed a scheme in which local law students act as unpaid McKenzie Friends to help litigants in person. Duty solicitors at the court will approve suitable cases when the scheme launches later this month.

March 5th, 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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Carnage – is it avoidable?

David Johnstone

Many commentators are voicing their opinion and there does appear to be a growing consensus that 2015 is the year the devastating side of LASPO will fully show its face. Legal Futures last month reported a prediction of impending carnage in the personal injury (PI) market and it may well be true, but are there avenues that can be taken to mitigate the destructive nature of cash drying up on small-to-medium sized PI practices.

March 6th, 2015