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Rebuke for solicitor who made offensive comment to blind client

24 May 2019

An experienced partner has been rebuked for making an offensive comment to a registered blind client in front of others after she asked for a form to be enlarged so that she could read it.


Number of law firms shut down falls to 10-year low

24 May 2019

The number of law firms shut down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority fell to a 10-year low in 2018, but payouts to victims of dishonest solicitors have increased, new figures have shown.


Men twice as likely to run CLC-regulated firms as women

24 May 2019

Men are twice as likely as women to be in managerial roles at law firms overseen by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers despite women making up 74% of the licensed conveyancer community.


Dental regulator named new chief executive of LSB

24 May 2019

The executive director of strategy, policy and communications at the General Dental Council has been named as the new chief executive of the Legal Services Board.


High Court refuses employed lawyer pupillage exemption

23 May 2019

The High Court has a rejected a challenge to a decision by the Bar Standards Board refusing to grant an exemption from the first non-practising stage of pupillage.


Need to swear an oath? Soon you can ask an accountant

23 May 2019

David Gauke, the Lord Chancellor, has decided to allow the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to regulate the administration of oaths.


Listed pioneer records strong growth with turnover and profits up

23 May 2019

Gateley – the first listed law firm – is expected to announce an 18% rise in turnover in its annual results, with profits up 10%, it told shareholders today. However, its share price dipped on the news.


UN highlights role of legal aid cuts in “immiseration” of millions

23 May 2019

The decimation of legal aid has contributed to “the systematic immiseration of millions across Great Britain”, the UN’s expert on poverty and human rights said yesterday.


Consumer panel urges regulators to act on lawtech

22 May 2019

Regulators need to monitor the development of legal technology and issue guidance to help maximise the opportunities it presents while delivering the necessary protection for consumers.


Law firm “sacked staff member by WhatsApp”, tribunal finds

22 May 2019

A law firm sacked its administrator by sending him a brief WhatsApp message – and then backdated his P45 to support an argument that he was actually fired earlier, an employment tribunal has found.

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23 May 2019

Using AI to speed up conveyancing

The very best technology allows staff simply to get on with their job. It works away in the background and we don’t even notice it’s there.

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