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ASA upholds complaint against “your solicitor rips you off” advert

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint over an advertisement from a website that claims to help clients recover a “huge amount” of their legal costs, which said that “on average, a solicitor overcharges you by 20%”. The offending advert was headed: “Top 5 ways your solicitor rips you off.”

June 15th, 2016 | 3 Comments »

LSB not convinced by plan to force law firms to publish prices

The Legal Services Board has said that “further discussion and evidence” is needed before it is prepared to back proposals to force law firms to publish average prices. The LSB was responding to a report by the Legal Services Consumer Panel.

June 1st, 2016 | No Comments »

Solicitor who overcharged his clients “in the most despicable way” is struck off

A solicitor who charged one client 50 times the estimate of £2,000 and another £100,000 in fees on a probate matter on which he could “recall no detail at all”, has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The SDT said Edgar Thomas had “blatantly abused his position of trust in the most despicable way”.

April 8th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

Small law firm partners charging only £50 per hour, survey finds

Some partners in small law firms are charging £50 per hour – only £10 more than the lowest paid fee-earners, a survey has found. In some firms equity partners took home less than non-partners.

July 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

“Don’t merge to make costs savings”, says head of newly merged City firm

Law firms should not view mergers as a way of making costs savings, James Carter, managing partner of Charles Russell Speechlys, has warned. “Economies of scale will at best pay for the costs of merging over the next one or two years.”

January 28th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

BSB probes contracts between chambers and solicitors

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is investigating the extent to which barristers have been accepting work from solicitors without entering into contracts, or accepting terms “contrary to their regulatory obligations”.

October 14th, 2014 | 3 Comments »

Cost of legal services continues to rise – as does number of people going it alone without lawyers

The continued rise in the cost of legal services at a time when consumer wealth has fallen could be putting people off seeking legal advice, new research has suggested. The Legal Services Board report also found indications of falling quality.

April 4th, 2012 | 3 Comments »

Warning over self-regulation of litigation funders and conflicts risk posed by contingency fees

The introduction of self-regulation for third-party litigation funding may not be sustainable in the long term, a team of leading academics has warned. They also highlighted the risks that contingency fees pose.

January 19th, 2012 | Comments Off on Warning over self-regulation of litigation funders and conflicts risk posed by contingency fees

News in brief: LSC wins overpayment test cases, City lawyers’ bonuses on the up, and more

News round-up takes in an important court victory for the Legal Services Commission on legal aid payments, a major survey showing that City lawyer salaries are very much on the up and partners borrowing more to pay tax bills.

January 19th, 2012 | Comments Off on News in brief: LSC wins overpayment test cases, City lawyers’ bonuses on the up, and more

Jones hire puts spotlight on law firm pricing

Jenny Jones, an accountant with years of experience in pricing legal services at City giant Linklaters, has joined law firm consultancy Jomati.

March 31st, 2010 | No Comments »