Practice Management

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.

Law firm did not discriminate against menopausal apprentice

6 April 2021

A law firm did not discriminate against a legal secretary turned apprentice with menopausal symptoms on the grounds of disability or sex, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Tribunal: Law firm’s part-time FD was worker, not self-employed

29 March 2021

An accountant who acted as a law firm’s part-time finance director through a company was a worker and not self-employed, even though he had another client, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Embracing online reviews “changed firm’s culture for the better”

22 March 2021

Embracing online reviews can trigger a positive, service-driven culture change at law firms, the practice director of a leading West Country firm told last week’s Legal Futures webinar.

Law firms “should remove printers before staff return”

16 March 2021

Law firms have been advised to remove many of their printers before staff returning to the office this summer from lockdown start using them again and increase costs.

Bar Council launches sustainability network as law firms target net-zero emissions

10 March 2021

The Bar Council has launched an initiative to help chambers “transition to a more sustainable way of working”, saving not just carbon emissions but costs too.

Surge in income but not profits for smaller law firms

4 March 2021

The average fee income per equity partner at law firms with up to seven partners rose by 29% last year despite the pandemic, research has found. But profit per equity partner was static, with margins tumbling.

M&A activity continues to roll on in legal market

26 February 2021

The pandemic has not stopped activity in the law firm M&A market, with a series of different types of deals announced, as overall the number of law firms continues to drift downwards.

Managing partner wins disability discrimination claims against firm

19 February 2021

The managing partner of a South Yorkshire law firm has won his claim against the practice for both direct and indirect disability discrimination, as well as a failure to make reasonable adjustments.

Firm made unlawful deductions from consultant solicitor’s pay

15 February 2021

A law firm was not entitled to make deductions from the pay of a consultant solicitor because it was unhappy with the quality of his work, an employment tribunal has ruled.

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