Practice points

LeO urges lawyers to ditch web email providers

19 September 2018

The Legal Ombudsman has urged law firms that use web-based email such as AOL and Hotmail to invest in a more secure corporate email solution or risk paying out to victims of cybercrime.

Law firms losing work due to follow-up failures

18 September 2018

Personal injury law firms are missing out on significant amounts of business because of the way they handle incoming enquiries from potential clients.

Third of Scottish solicitors “have faced threats or actual violence”

17 September 2018

A third of Scottish solicitors have been victims of violence or threatening behaviour in connection with their work, according to an “alarmed” Law Society of Scotland.

Conveyancers liable for registration error despite mortgage fraud

14 September 2018

There is “no public interest” in allowing a negligent conveyancer to avoid liability when they did not know that their client was actually engaged in mortgage fraud, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Hale to lead Supreme Court in solicitors’ negligence case

13 September 2018

The president of the Supreme Court is to head the five-judge panel that will review what needs to be proved when a solicitor is sued for failing to advise a client of a potential claim.

Solicitor not entitled to “guaranteed basic salary” of £40,000

11 September 2018

An employment tribunal has rejected claims by a solicitor that he was entitled to a “guaranteed basic salary” of £40,000 and found instead that he was working on a commission basis.

Sheffield looks to put itself on lawtech map

10 September 2018

A conference in Sheffield later this year will attempt to bring together tech start-ups and lawyers across the north of England to put the city on the map as a lawtech hub.

MoJ halts enforcement upgrade due to cash shortage

7 September 2018

The Ministry of Justice has suspended the £58m project to change the way court orders are enforced and historic criminal debt is collected because it does not have enough money.

Investment and blockchain fuel digital legal giants’ expansion

7 September 2018

A major developer of contract review AI software has raised $50m in investment from venture capitalists, while Rocket Lawyer is to introduce blockchain security.

Free wills website recruits firms in bid to become top brand

6 September 2018

The founder of an online service centred on free wills is recruiting law firms and national charities in a bid to become “the leading will-writing brand in the UK”.

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20 September 2018
Simon McCrum

Why don’t lawyers do what you ask them to do?

Having been team leader, department head, division head and managing partner, I understand well the frustration (and anger) that managing partners and CEOs voice to me: “We’ve asked them a dozen times, but still they aren’t doing what we need!”

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