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Lawyers should have to take competence tests “every 10 years”

30 June 2021

Lawyers should have to take online tests every 10 years to prove that they remain competent in their specialist fields, the chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel said yesterday.


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.


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.


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.


Media law firm’s 200-person IP protection spin-off is sold

23 June 2021

An online brand protection provider spun out of leading media law firm Wiggin has been sold to a company which helps brands manage their intellectual property globally.


LSB praises “impressive progress” made by smallest regulator

22 June 2021

The Legal Services Board has commended the “impressive progress” made by the Costs Lawyer Standards Board – the smallest of the legal regulators – in meeting its performance framework.


High Court rejects client’s bid to judicially review Legal Ombudsman decision

18 June 2021

The High Court has rejected a client’s application for permission to judicially review a £9,600 award made in his favour by the Legal Ombudsman that he claimed was insufficient.


Top firms “need to get clients paying faster” to prepare for next crisis

14 June 2021

The top 50 law firms had nearly £6bn of unpaid client invoices on their balance sheets last year and would be better prepared for another crisis like Covid if they reduced this, an analysis has argued.


Law firm mergers “not a time for consensus”

11 June 2021

Mergers of law firms are “not a time for consensus because decisions must be made” and the fact partners may have to cede control “must be debated and not hidden”, a report has warned.


Dentons secures private equity backing for global advisory business

11 June 2021

The world’s largest law firm, Dentons, has launched a standalone advisory firm backed by private equity with the aim of building a vast multidisciplinary offering across the globe.

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