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SME legal services platform goes global after City law firm invests

17 September 2020

An online legal services platform for SMEs is offering its clients access to lawyers around the world following a “significant” investment from a City law firm, it has emerged.


Law Society’s “sympathy” with indemnity insurers’ frustrations

17 September 2020

The Law Society has expressed sympathy with professional indemnity insurers over their call for the right to cancel policies when solicitors do not pay the premium or excess.


Female Australian lawyers face “high levels” of sexual harassment

15 September 2020

The Australian state of Victoria has launched a review into sexual harassment in the legal profession following a “deeply disturbing” survey that found that a majority women had faced it.


Demand for fraud partners “to rise dramatically” after pandemic

11 September 2020

Demand for partners who specialise in white collar crime will increase just as dramatically after the pandemic as it did after the financial crisis in 2008, a report has predicted.


Covid knock-on puts future pupillage numbers under pressure

8 September 2020

The number of chambers delaying pupillages that were due to start this month or next is likely to have a knock-on effect on the supply of places until 2022, the Bar Standards Board said today.


AI contract review innovator raises $10m

8 September 2020

AI contract review specialist ThoughtRiver has secured a $10m (£7.5m) investment from venture capitalists to expand its presence around the world, with extra spending in the US and South-East Asia.


Staff the main risk as firms report millions stolen by cybercriminals

4 September 2020

Most incidents of cybercrime suffered by law firms are due to individual errors and misunderstanding rather than systems being hacked, research by the Solicitors Regulation Authority has found.


Wills firm justified in sacking employee who left client sweary message

4 September 2020

A will-writing business was entitled to fire a member of staff who accidentally left a message on a potential client’s voicemail about getting drunk and littered with swear words, a tribunal has ruled.


PII underwriters warn solicitors after failing to change terms

3 September 2020

Indemnity insurers have warned solicitors that they will suffer the consequences of their regulator maintaining that policies cannot be cancelled for non-payment of premiums or excesses.


BSB pilots reverse race mentoring for senior White barristers

3 September 2020

The Bar Standards Board has launched a pilot reverse mentoring scheme, in which Bar students and junior barristers from BAME backgrounds mentor senior White barristers.

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