Practice Management


Investment in lawtech companies doubles but firms lag behind

15 July 2021

The average annual growth rate for investment in UK lawtech companies over the past three years has hit 101%, a much bigger number than that seen in sectors such as finance or health.


Blockchain network aims to provide “missing link” for conveyancing

14 July 2021

A house in Kent is the first being sold using a blockchain network that connects conveyancers with estate agents and mortgage lenders.


Public supports stronger ongoing competence checks for lawyers

9 July 2021

There is near unanimity among the public that lawyers should have to demonstrate more actively than now that they remain competent throughout their careers, the Legal Services Board has found.


Pregnant trainee fails in claim over no post-qualification job offer

9 July 2021

A solicitor who claimed she was not offered a job after completing her training contract because she was pregnant has lost her discrimination claim in the employment tribunal.


Child sex offender loses appeal based on inadequate legal advice

8 July 2021

The Court of Appeal has rejected the claim that a man convicted of a sexual offence after a police officer posed online as a child was given inadequate legal advice.


Regulator intervenes over concern about “PII market failure”

5 July 2021

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has had to intervene after two professional indemnity insurers offered firms cover that did not comply with its minimum terms.


SQE will “move the bottleneck” from law schools to employers

1 July 2021

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam will make it easier for people to qualify as solicitors but move the “bottleneck” to newly qualified roles, a leading academic and the training head of a major law firm have predicted.


Susskind: “Harder than expected” to reduce legal work to lawyer-free process

28 June 2021

The extent to which legal work can be reduced purely to administration and process has been overstated and in fact “lawyers are needed for all legal jobs”, Professor Richard Susskind has acknowledged.


City lawyers “need help from their firms” to engage with technology

28 June 2021

Lawyers have been reluctant to engage with technology partly because law firm partners haven’t given junior staff enough time to learn how it can help them, according to a government-backed report.


Signs of progress as courts support barrister’s childcare responsibilities

24 June 2021

A barrister has spoken about her “really positive” recent experiences of courts accommodating “the practicalities and balancing acts being carried out by those with children”.

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The path to partnership: Bridging the gender gap in law firms

The inaugural LSLA roundtable discussed the significant gender gap at partner level in law firms and what more can be done to increase the rate of progress.


Why private client solicitors should work with financial planners – and tell their clients

Ever since the SRA introduced the transparency rules in 2018, we have encouraged solicitors to not just embrace the regulations and the thinking behind them, but to go far beyond.


A paean to pupils and pupillage

To outsiders, it may seem that it’s our horsehair wigs and Victorian starched collars that are the most unusual thing about the barristers’ profession. I would actually suggest it’s our training.


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