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Family courts meet the Covid challenge

13 January 2021

While the criminal courts in particular have struggled to cope with the impact of the pandemic, the family system seems to have fared somewhat better.


Lost wills: What to do when the original will cannot be found

11 November 2020

Personal representatives tasked with dealing with a deceased person’s affairs are often faced with a number of challenges, both legal and practical. Sometimes these challenges can be complex and involve dealing with contested wills.


Funeral and burial disputes

30 October 2020

It’s not uncommon for disagreements to arise between family members and loved ones over funeral arrangements, burial disputes or possession of ashes. So, who has the ultimate say and what can you do? Richard Adams, senior associate in the Contested Wills, Trusts and Estates team at Hugh James who has advised clients in a number of such cases, considers this delicate and sensitive issue.


Evolution of the law firm: why clients demand that you embrace new technology

28 October 2020

Posted by Rob Hosier, Sales and Marketing Director at Legal Futures Associate inCase Compared to other professional services, the legal sector has historically been a slower adopter of technology, predominantly due to risk-averse practitioners, the partnership model and a the… Read More


Larke v Nugus requests – the cornerstone of will disputes?

12 October 2020

A request for a Larke v Nugus statement is often considered a preliminary step when there is an intention to contest a will. But what happened in that case and what effect does it have on cases which involve probate disputes in the modern day?


Are you live-chatting with your clients?

22 July 2020

For legal firms striving to stand out in a digital age, live chat helps to bring them closer to clients and respond to the changing way people shop and procure legal services.


Why the rise in contentious probate cases is set to continue

6 July 2020

There is no doubt that contentious probate work is growing. We do not like paying more than a couple of hundred pounds for a will, but then are seemingly happy to spend thousands taking our relatives to court, and the two do not sit happily together.


Speeding up the property buying process

9 June 2020

Speeding up the process of property buying and selling has taken on new urgency following the conveyancing market meltdown due to Covid-19.


Eleven top tips for law firms for a successful data migration

11 November 2019

When it comes to converting law firm data over from one legal practice management system to another – the words ‘baby’ and ‘bath-water’ spring to mind. The value of a law firm’s data should never be underestimated.


Legal Technology – the future of legal services

5 December 2018

One way of viewing the current legal services market is that the legal profession is locked in a race to the death with non-qualified providers, tempted by the lucrative chunk of legal work that is not reserved to qualified lawyers and which forms a big part of their income.

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Everything has changed. Nothing has changed

For the majority of Black and ethnic minority citizens in this country, legal services are still as hard to reach, as hard to choose, or as hard to trust, as they were years ago.


Will this be the Year of Lawtech?

If 2020 taught us anything, it is that lawyers will not disappear any time soon. Still, paper will gradually disappear in favour of digital tools, investment in technology and better ways of working.


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