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Divorce firm looks to shake up field with fixed fee for whole process

25 June 2021

A freelance solicitor has teamed up with a former KPMG partner to launch a divorce business that guarantees its fixed-fee quote for the whole process, including ancillary relief.


Firm self-reports to SRA over court recording breach

25 June 2021

A London law firm has escaped judicial punishment after reporting itself to the SRA for arranging for a recording of remote court proceedings by a transcriber without the judge’s permission.


Brian calls in Atkinson to lead post-Civil Liability Act strategy

25 June 2021

The former chief executive of NAHL Group has joined innovative claims management company Call Brian as its chairman. It says it allows people to submit a claim in just seven minutes.


In-house lawyers will have to deliver more for less, survey finds

25 June 2021

Almost two-thirds of in-house legal departments are predicting increased workloads, despite most anticipating no increase in staff numbers and almost half expecting budget cuts.


Solicitors fined for failing to prevent £3.3m property fraud

24 June 2021

Two directors of an alternative business structure have been fined for not supervising a branch office where a fellow director and a bogus solicitor carried out a £3.3m property fraud.


Latest figures confirm low take-up by LiPs of whiplash portal

24 June 2021

Low numbers of litigants in person, two law firms dominating claims, and solicitors using the wrong portal have been features of the early days of the whiplash reforms.


SRA fines six firms for failing to provide AML compliance declaration

24 June 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published details of fines levied against six law firms for failing to confirm in time that they had a compliant anti-money laundering firm-wide risk assessment.


Signs of progress as courts support barrister’s childcare responsibilities

24 June 2021

A barrister has spoken about her “really positive” recent experiences of courts accommodating “the practicalities and balancing acts being carried out by those with children”.


Lawyer pair behind Anexo set to pocket another £61m

23 June 2021

The two lawyers behind Anexo Group PLC will pocket at least £61m from selling their remaining stakes in the business if a proposed takeover goes through, having made £46m earlier this year.


Solicitor who charged £9,000 for doing nothing is struck off

23 June 2021

A solicitor who charged a client’s estate fees of over £9,000 during a period of “complete inactivity” has been struck off. He was both its executor and residuary beneficiary.

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