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MoJ: Still no whiplash rules but April remains the plan

17 January 2020

The Ministry of Justice continues to insist that the whiplash reforms will come into force in April, even though the rules which will enable lawyers and compensators to prepare have still not been published.

Firm’s web-surfing employee loses dismissal challenge

17 January 2020

A long-serving staff member at a national law firm who rowed with a colleague and had an “unacceptable” level of personal internet use has lost an unfair dismissal challenge.

Partner failed to warn off-plan investors about risks

17 January 2020

A partner who admitted acting recklessly in failing to warn investor clients about the risks involved in off-plan property development schemes has been fined £17,500 by a disciplinary tribunal.

Law Society attacks “massively uncertain” Mayson reforms

17 January 2020

Reforms to the regulation of legal services proposed by an independent review would lead to a “massively uncertain and costly system”, the president of the Law Society has said.

Knights enters Yorkshire as firms line up to be bought

16 January 2020

Fast-growing listed law firm Knights is moving into Yorkshire this month as its chief executive says he is receiving an increasing number of approaching from potential acquisitions.

‘Emotional competency for lawyers’ course launched

16 January 2020

Legal mental health and wellbeing charity LawCare has teamed up with the Open University to launch an online resource on emotional competency and professional resilience.

Big law firms having to become multi-disciplinary, report finds

16 January 2020

The biggest international law firms being driven by their clients towards a multi-disciplinary “integrated solutions” approach to delivering legal services, a report has found. But it won’t be easy.

Solicitor duped by ‘fake’ wife fined for failing to check ID

16 January 2020

An experienced solicitor has been fined £20,000 for misconduct after being duped into accepting that a woman was who she said she was because he did not require documentary proof.

Solicitors’ group tip-off leads to activist’s conviction

15 January 2020

A campaigner who used her email address as a committee member of the Solicitors International Human Rights Group to conduct unlawful immigration law work was convicted this week.

Ince set to raise £16m to fuel growth

15 January 2020

Listed law firm Ince Group raised £12m through a placing today – with a further £4m in the pipeline – in a bid to support growth and its balance sheet, but saw its share price crash as a result.

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16 January 2020

Making Tax Digital throws spotlight on outdated legal IT systems

The first year of Making Tax Digital for VAT, known as the soft landing period, ends this April. During these first 12 months, firms without a compliant legal accounts package have used bridging software.

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