Legal Services Act


ABS offers “litigation concession” inside law firms

27 January 2021

A joint venture alternative business structure specialising in dispute resolution for SMEs is launching a new service for law firms which it compares to “a concession in a department store”.


LeO “needs external help” to speed up complaints handling

27 January 2021

The Legal Ombudsman’s proposed 19% budget increase is not justified, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers has said in calling for an external task force to help it deal with complaints more quickly.


GCs at private equity firms “lack control of legal spending”

25 January 2021

Senior in-house lawyers at large private equity firms are responsible for the cost of instructing law firms but lack the power to control it, a study has found.


Barristers take on debt and other work to survive pandemic

22 January 2021

Six in 10 barristers, rising to 80% of those doing publicly funded work, have taken on personal debt or used savings to get through Covid-19, while a quarter have taken on additional paid work.


New York rejects ABSs for now as Arizona opens doors to them

21 January 2021

Alternative business structures will not be allowed in New York for the time being because the case for them improving access to justice has not been made, a commission has decided.


Law Society to LeO: Ask government, not lawyers, for more cash

20 January 2021

The Law Society has told the Legal Ombudsman to ask the government for “Covid-related financial assistance” instead of expecting the profession to fund a proposed 19% budget hike.


Knights aims to plug geographical gaps throughout UK

19 January 2021

The boss of listed law firm Knights has outlined his ambitions to continue expanding the business across England, with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also in his sights.


“Troubling inequality” persists for BAME consumers of legal services

19 January 2021

A “troubling inequality” between BAME and White British consumers in the way they access legal services has changed little in the five years since it raised the issue, the consumer panel has found.


SME firm eyes ABS licence to share fees with non-lawyer collaborators

18 January 2021

A law firm that works with non-legal businesses to offer SME clients a multi-disciplinary service is to convert to an alternative business structure so that they can share fees.


Commercial firm aims to create “biggest in-house chambers”

14 January 2021

Leading commercial firm DAC Beachcroft has launched an “in-house chambers” which plans to expand rapidly and become “the biggest of its kind” by end of the year.

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