Legal Services Act


IP lawyers face multi-million pound claim over “secret commissions”

13 April 2021

A representative action has been launched against IP law firm Marks & Clerk alleging that it “grossly overcharged” thousands of SMEs through a “secret commissions scheme” with CPA Global.


Irwin Mitchell tipped for £500m stock market listing – again

12 April 2021

National consumer giant Irwin Mitchell is planning a stock market float valuing the law firm at £500m, according to press reports at the weekend. It could happen this year, said Sky News.


Covid hits revenue and profits at Co-op Legal Services

9 April 2021

Revenue and profits at Co-operative Legal Services fell as a result of coronavirus but case volumes grew during last year, its annual results have shown.


“No evidence” of worse outcomes from unregulated firms

8 April 2021

There is “no conclusive evidence” to show that consumers who use unregulated services obtain worse outcomes than those using regulated firms, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said.


Law firms should advertise unbundled advice, says consumer panel

7 April 2021

Law firms should advertise unbundled services or offer them directly to clients, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said, highlighting the “untapped potential” to support consumers in accessing advice.


Fitness to practise regime “can deal with incompetent lawyers”

1 April 2021

There must be a “third way” of ensuring that qualified lawyers are competent without relying on disciplinary proceedings, the director of regulation and policy at the Legal Services Board has said.


Former army lawyer takes “military approach” to legal services

1 April 2021

A former major in Army Legal Services has described how taking a “military approach” has helped him when launching his law firm this week.


Law firms “complacent” about sharing technology

31 March 2021

Most law firms are “complacent” about sharing technology with clients, according to the partner who leads Shoosmiths new division offering a range of legal and non-legal products.


Taylor Rose targets further growth after £5m capital injection

30 March 2021

Fast-growing consumer law firm Taylor Rose MW is eyeing up further acquisitions and office openings over the coming year after receiving investment totalling nearly £5m.


Pandemic has left people “unable to access legal advice”, say peers

30 March 2021

Some people have been “unable to access legal advice at all during the pandemic” to enforce their rights, peers have found, with the number of lawyers doing legal aid work at risk of falling.

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