Legal News

Law firm innovator takes practice forward as unregulated firm

Law firm innovator Alice Stephenson has turned her business into an unregulated practice, citing problems with HM Revenue & Customs and the costs of running a regulated law firm.

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Struck-off solicitor jailed for stealing £880,000 from clients

A struck-off solicitor has been jailed for nearly six years for defrauding clients of £880,000, which he used to prop up his practice and pay off loans.

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CAT “wrong” to identify ban on defendants contacting claimants directly

The Competition Appeal Tribunal was wrong to identify a rule that prevents defendants communicating directly with members of an opt-out class action, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Time for small claims to reach trial hits all-time high

The average time from issue to trial on the small claims track hit an all-time high in the last quarter, with litigants having to wait an average of 55.6 weeks.

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Buyers beware

Some 12 years on from its first published research, the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners has published a new report: Wills and Trusts – Buyers Beware.

European invasion – firms flood into the EU’s legal markets

The long march of lawyers across Europe continues apace more than 50 years after US law firms, together with their City counterparts, first opened offices in Paris and Brussels.

Legal project management – a mindset lawyers can easily apply

Where budgets are tight, lawyers will be considering what’s in their existing arsenal to still improve productivity. One effective, accessible and cheap tool is legal project management.