Legal Services Act


Approval of SQE not a foregone conclusion, LSB warns

12 November 2019

Approval of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam is not a foregone conclusion, the Legal Services Board is to make clear to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Issues such as quality and cost must be addressed.


Lady Hale: Courts should learn from tribunals on diversity

12 November 2019

Lady Hale, president of the Supreme Court, has called on the courts to learn lessons from the tribunal service in improving the diversity of judges.


Niche ABS takes on external funding and non-lawyers

11 November 2019

A niche alternative business structure working with companies that build the global infrastructure of technology has used it to take on external funding and non-lawyers who can help the business grow.


Boutique firm for funders combines legal and political advice

8 November 2019

A boutique law firm catering only for “sophisticated” capital funders is offering what is believed to be the first combined legal, commercial and political advisory service.


Consumers “clueless” about the law and lawyers

8 November 2019

Most people know very little about how the law works in the UK, research has found, with 44% admitting that they did not know the difference between a solicitor, lawyer or barrister.


Communications giant hands over ABS to listed law firm

7 November 2019

Communications giant BT has handed over ownership of its alternative business structure to listed law firm DWF, it has emerged. Meanwhile, an Italian law firm has set up a BSB-regulated ABS.


Exclusive: CMA ramps up pressure on Bar Standards Board

6 November 2019

The Competition and Markets Authority has ramped up the pressure on the Bar Standards Board over its decision to stop funding the cross-regulator Legal Choices website.


First minister promises major legal reform for Wales

6 November 2019

The Welsh government has pledged rapid action on a major report that recommended substantial reform to the way the law is administered and legal profession supported in Wales.


Law firm EOT “gives staff security against sale”

5 November 2019

Transferring the ownership of law firms to employee ownership trusts (EOTs) boosts staff loyalty by giving them more security if the firm is sold, the chief executive of the latest firm to create an EOT has said.


Listed law firm leads fresh M&A rush

5 November 2019

There has been a spate of merger and acquisition activity among law firms across the country over recent weeks, with listed firm Knights yesterday entering Birmingham in a £4.7m deal.

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13 November 2019

The October PII renewal: Why the market changed

Since the abolition of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund, the October professional indemnity insurance renewal season has always been a challenge, but this year most law firms saw their premiums go up.

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