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Keystone listing will enable “smooth exit” for private equity investor

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The public listing of Keystone Law will provide its private equity investor with a “smooth exit” once Root Capital chooses to move on, the firm’s chief executive has told Legal Futures. James Knight was speaking in the wake of yesterday’s news that the ‘dispersed’ or ‘virtual’ firm will list on AIM at the end of the month.

November 17th, 2017

Rebuke for leading legal aid firm that decided theft of client money was not ‘material breach’ of SRA rules

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Leading legal aid law firm Duncan Lewis has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for deciding that the theft of client money was not a material breach that had to be reported to the regulator. Instead, it considered the misconduct to be an “internal matter”.

November 17th, 2017

Jailed solicitor ordered to repay £2m crime proceeds, while “narcissistic” judge convicted of fraud

Linda Box

A solicitor who was jailed earlier this year for stealing more than £4m – and maybe as much as £10m – from her clients has been ordered to pay back the £1.9m within three months, or face a further eight years in prison. Meanwhile, a  “narcissistic” solicitor and district judge has received a suspended jail sentence after being convicted of fraud offences.

November 17th, 2017

Legal Futures Report

 

The march of the digital conveyancer continues apace, from the government planning to create the largest repository of open land data in the world, to the rapid adoption of sophisticated technology by conveyancers, such as chatbots and artificial intelligence. So, how does legal regulation keep up with this? In association with the Council for Licensed […]

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How to make a case to the unconverted

Jonathan Whittle

The prospect of change is a daunting one, whether you’re a global firm or a small one. You might think that your firm’s working practices are fine, or that there’s no value in altering the way you do things because of the disruption it would cause. You might even see the benefits of using a different methodology, but still refuse to put the effort in to implement it – and you wouldn’t be alone. From our research in the 2016 report, The Riddle of Perception, we know that 73% of lawyers believe that adapting to change is not where their strength lies. However, it’s no longer optional.

November 16th, 2017