Legal Services Act

Slater & Gordon yet to pay any deferred consideration to Quindell vendor

hearing aid

Slater & Gordon has yet to pay the company that used to be Quindell any deferred consideration from the 53,000 noise-induced hearing loss cases it bought, it emerged yesterday. It has also not launched the legal action against Watchstone Group that it announced seven months ago.

April 28th, 2017

Law firm fee income up by 6%, benchmarking survey finds

Andy Harris Hazlewoods

The financial performance of smaller law firms has improved over last year, with both fee income and profits up significantly above inflation, according to an annual benchmarking survey published this week. Very little increase in salary costs, improved lock-up, and reductions in both WIP and debtor days contributed to the positive picture.

April 28th, 2017

Exclusive: Family Law Café goes live with lawyer ‘mentors’ to help clients navigate their cases

Joanna Toch

A novel online family law service that uses experienced lawyers to mentor and manage clients through the legal process has gone live. Family Law Café is the brainchild of Joanna Toch, a barrister at Church Court Chambers in London, and she has secured financial backing from private individuals, including corporate lawyers.

April 27th, 2017

QualitySolicitors looks to exploit network with national retailer deal

Nisa Local

The QualitySolicitors network is to enter a three-month trial to supply legal services to retail chain Nisa, as it pushes to exploit its national network. Nisa is the UK’s leading member-owned organisation, providing benefits to 1,300 independent food and drink markets.

April 26th, 2017

ABS turns thumping loss into profit with financial backing of corporate owner

Michael Warren 2

One of the country’s largest personal injury practices has highlighted the benefits of being an alternative business structure owned by a large business after the write-off of a multi-million pound inter-company loan, and an £11m cash injection, helped it turn a huge loss into a profit in its last financial year.

April 25th, 2017

Interim chair for Legal Services Board named with no sign of recruitment process

Simon Davis

A former chief executive of Natural England is to take over as interim chairman of the Legal Services Board next week after Sir Michael Pitt’s term comes to an end without the recruitment exercise for his successor having even begun.

April 24th, 2017

LeO keen on bringing unregulated providers within its remit

Wanda Goldwag

The Legal Ombudsman has pledged to avoid pursuing an “expansionist” strategy when considering expanding its jurisdiction, but nevertheless welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority’s suggestion that it could handle complaints against unregulated legal providers.

April 21st, 2017

LSB to lead push for “minimum disclosures” by law firms on price and service

Neil Buckley

The Legal Services Board has said it expects frontline regulators to introduce compulsory “minimum disclosures” by law firms on price and service. The LSB was responding to the Competition and Market Authority market study of legal services.

April 20th, 2017

ABS start-up led by CILEx Fellow bids for rapid growth

Glenn Wallis ABS Lawyers Ltd

A chartered legal executive has launched a start-up alternative business structure specialising in personal injury but with ambitious plans for expansion into a variety of legal areas, including sports law.

April 19th, 2017

ABS update: council bids to “commercialise” legal services, as virtual firm eyes investment

Peter Watson & Hilary Meredith

A local authority in Surrey is eyeing up an alternative business structure so it can “commercialise” its legal services in the wake of a partnership with another council coming to an end. Our latest ABS round-up also includes a virtual firm looking for investment to expand, a major deal for a leading probate ABS and a heavyweight appointment.

April 18th, 2017