News in brief

In brief: latest ABS, Co-op wins contract, top firms “don’t want” external cash, SRA race probe

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Our regular round-up of important news nuggets includes the newest SRA-licensed ABS, an advice contract for the Co-op, a survey of top firms on how they are changing, a probe of SRA files to identify any racial discrimination, heavy fine for spam texters and much more.

November 29th, 2012

In brief: Law Society gives in over reaccreditation, QS in Barnardo’s will push and much more


Our regular news round-up covers the Law Society bowing to pressure over criminal litigation accreditation scheme plans, banks signing up to a new probate protocol, QualitySolicitors’ charitable partnership with Barnardo’s, the College of Law adding a Masters in Law to the LPC, an IP firm diversifying, and sluggish growth at the top firms.

October 5th, 2012

News in brief: SRA launches Hillsborough probe, two more ABSs, PC renewal timetable and more

Samantha Barrass

Our latest round-up of news you need to know includes the SRA launching an investigation into the conduct of solicitors after the Hillsborough disaster, the latest ABS licences, PC renewal details, and a bid to ensure high standards of complaints handling among conveyancers.

September 21st, 2012

News in brief: online directory launch, Scottish LPO bid, cash-flow squeeze, and more

Lloyd Pearson

Our regular round-up of news you may have missed includes an international online directory, Scotland looking for a piece of the LPO market, worsening cash-flow at law firms, a free probate offer, and much more besides.

August 24th, 2012

News in brief: pre-pack saves law firm, Pannone’s white-label arm wins contract, and more

Pannone LLP Manchester corporate portraits.Pictured Andrew Morton

Our latest round-up includes the pre-pack sale of a Devon law firm, new business wins for Pannone and Gateley, the merger of big-hitting law firm consultancies, a new PII offering for small firms, and a bogus e-mail warning from the SRA.

August 14th, 2012

In brief: ABS-in-waiting unveils strong results, barrister libel ruling, and much more

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Our latest news round-up reports on big turnover and profit increases at Quindell, a High Court ruling on the absolute privilege of correspondence with a regulator, new equality rules for chambers and much more.

July 12th, 2012

In brief: regulators reassure firms over RBS ‘breaches’, £1m apprenticeships boost and more

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Our latest round-up of key news includes the SRA and CLC offering relief to solicitors in breach because of RBS/NatWest computer problems, £1m of government money for legal apprenticeships, a destination for dormant client money, the Co-op’s new will-writing partnership, and much more.

June 25th, 2012

News in brief: Quindell targets CMC aggregation, “charitable referral fees”, solicitor ad wins TV award

Making the Neil Hudgell Solicitors TV ad in Hull

Our regular round-up of news snippets features another acquisition by ABS-in-waiting Quindell Portfolio, a solicitor’s TV ad winning a Royal Television Society award, a firm donating referral fees to charity, and ABS compensation fund arrangements.

June 18th, 2012

News in brief: CIPA chief eyes ABSs, Co-op boss to bow out, law firms are “cybercrime target”, and more

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Our regular round-up includes strong backing for intellectual property ABSs, Eddie Ryan leaving Co-operative Legal Services, a new digital copyright licence for law firms, an “unacceptable” lack of transparency over PII commissions, and a warning that law firms are being targeted by online espionage.

June 11th, 2012

News in brief: COLP/COFA advice service launched, referral fee offensive, and much more


Our latest round-up of key news snippets sees the ex-chief of the CLC launch a consultancy, a new COLP and COFA helpline, a campaign against personal injury “auctions”, Lawyers on Demand goes it alone, a run-off cover boost for retiring solicitors, and a rethink on financial services ABSs.

May 29th, 2012

News round-up: would-be ABS expands, HSBC publishes panel criteria, and much more

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Our regular round-up of news includes Quindell Portfolio’s latest acquisition, Simmons & Simmons moving City work to Bristol, the SRA’s City adviser joining Obelisk Legal, the Law Society withdrawing its PII broker list, and much more besides.

April 5th, 2012

News round-up: financial stresses hit lawyers, slander case struck out, and much more


Our latest round-up of news in brief has a breakdown of calls in 2011 to legal support charity LawCare, better news on PII, a defamation battle between two employment law consultancies, developments over conveyancing panels, and SIFA launching a consultancy.

March 22nd, 2012

News round-up: firm overturns £100k wasted costs order, record number of law firms, and much more

Pinterest on mobile phone

Our latest round-up of news includes Fisher Meredith winning an appeal against a big wasted costs order, SRA figures on the number of firms and solicitors, the first law firm to ‘pin’ on growing social media service Pinterest, fee income up at the largest law firms, and more.

March 13th, 2012

News round-up: expands, firm recruits COLP, will-writer training boost, and much more

Gurchan Jandu

Our regular round-up of bits of news you may have missed include new locations for the network, a firm recruiting its COLP, firms launching joint ventures and targeted services, professional training for will-writers, money laundering warning, and more.

March 9th, 2012

News round-up: Kennedys eyes investment, run-off cover call, Manchester firms’ growth stalls, and more


Our latest news round-up reports on City firm Kennedys’ likely need for external investment, Law Society lobbying over run-off cover, Mishcon’s new private client service, a review of Manchester firms’ financials and an anti-HSBC petition.

February 27th, 2012