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‘Email threat’ barrister feared “vindictive campaign” against pupil

10 July 2020

The drunken barrister who threatened a fellow member of chambers over a tenancy application did so because he believed there was a “vindictive campaign” to damage the pupil’s prospects.


CILEx calls for permanent power of attorney change

10 July 2020

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has called for a permanent law change after the Land Registry began accepting copies of lasting powers of attorney certified by CILEx lawyers.


Listed law firms post bullish trading updates

10 July 2020

Two listed law firms yesterday issued bullish trading updates, with DWF announcing rising revenues alongside cuts, and Rosenblatt a 38% rise in revenues for the first six months of the year. DWF, the world’s largest listed law firm, has been… Read More


SRA to review regime for checking solicitors’ competence

9 July 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to launch a review of its approach to solicitors’ continuing competence, amid calls for spot checks or accreditation schemes to reassure consumers.


Freshfields: Covid has “accelerated” innovation culture change

9 July 2020

The demands of working under Covid-19 has led to an accelerated culture change at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, with lawyers much more willing to adopt tech solutions rapidly.


Legal assistant banned after lying about passing exams

9 July 2020

A legal assistant who lied about passing his legal executive exams so that his law firm employer would reimburse the course fees has been banned from working in the solicitors’ profession.


Medium-sized law firms “the most innovative”

9 July 2020

Medium-sized law firms are more innovative than other firms, and are becoming more specialised, with mergers and acqusitions set to accelerate that trend, a report has predicted.


Farewill raises £20m to fuel exponential growth

8 July 2020

Online will-writer Farewill has raised £20m as it targets a major expansion in revenue, staff numbers and new services, including powers of attorney.


Appeal judges reject divorcee’s negligence claim

8 July 2020

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that a negligence claim brought by a woman against her law firm over its work on her divorce was out of time.


Inquiry was “right to refuse” participants choice of lawyer

8 July 2020

The High Court has upheld a decision refusing two ‘core participants’ in the infected blood public inquiry the right to nominate their own solicitors.

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Planning for retirement
8 July 2020

In 2006 I started thinking about retirement whilst founding a boutique practice specialising in partnership and employment law. Ten years later, a friend told me that I would never be able to retire.


Time for a new regulatory settlement
3 July 2020

The problem with reform based on a compromise with vested interests is that it ends up being more pig’s ear than silk purse and the Legal Services Act 2007 is no exception.


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Our latest special report, produced in association with Temple Legal Protection, looks at the role of after-the-event (ATE) insurance in commercial litigation post-LASPO. We are at a time when insurers, solicitors, clients and litigation funders work ever more closely to create funding packages that work for all of them, with conditional fee and even damages-based agreements now part of many law firms’ armoury.

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