Legal Services Act

Top will-writing brands taking “noticeable” market share

14 February 2020

The four leading will-writing brands are beginning to take “a noticeable market share”, new research has suggested. It also found that a majority of probate matters are now handled on a fixed-fee basis.

Knights ramps up pace of consolidation with another deal

14 February 2020

Listed law firm Knights is stepping up its consolidation strategy, unveiling its third acquisition of 2020 with a deal to buy a Nottingham law firm for up to £8.3m, and agreeing a new £40m credit facility.

New referral network shows model lives on after Connect2Law

14 February 2020

A north-west law firm has launched a referral scheme for other solicitors, against a national backdrop where the survival of networks formerly in Pannone’s Connect2Law suggests the model is alive and well.

Pioneering US law firm opens in London

12 February 2020

The US law firm that pioneered the model of senior lawyers leaving big firms to take control of their own practices – and is the biggest of its kind – has opened in London, Legal Futures can reveal.

Community care practitioners “could disappear”

12 February 2020

Community care legal aid “could disappear altogether” as a specialism as advice deserts expand, the Law Society has warned. Some 79% of local authorities now have no publicly funded services.

New setback in race to begin whiplash reform in April

10 February 2020

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee last week put off approving the rules for the new whiplash portal until next month, making the April start-date all-but impossible.

Top politician and ex-chief of defence staff join ABS

10 February 2020

An alternative business structure that combines legal and political advice has hired Theresa May’s former chief of staff as well as a former chief of the defence staff.

Seven advice services to benefit from foundation grants

10 February 2020

Seven legal advice services have received support in the latest round of grants from the Access to Justice Foundation, which has been boosted by a major pledge from a well-known London law firm.

Big law firms “under-pricing” work

7 February 2020

Large law firms are damaging their profitability by poor scoping of work and under-pricing it, and are also set to penalise lawyers who offer clients overly large discounts, a survey has found.

Top criminal law firm leads merger rush

5 February 2020

Merger activity among law firms continues apace, with deals done across the country – including a leading criminal legal aid practice that has completed two in rapid succession and is on the hunt for more.

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