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Underwoods Solicitors is recruiting

30 January 2019

Underwoods Solicitors based in Hemel Hempstead are looking to fill the following roles. Private Client Work involves drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney; dealing with Administration of Estates and associated tax and trust issues. Matters include dealing with high net… Read More


Tax consultancy sets up ABS to become one-stop shop

17 January 2019

A tax consultancy has set up an alternative business structure to create a “one-stop shop” for independent contractors seeking advice, saying ABSs had made the law more entrepreneurial.


EU urges ethics guidance to make AI “trustworthy”

4 January 2019

The European Union has added its voice to the growing call for artificial intelligence to be regulated , with draft ethics guidelines that underline that it must be human-centric and trustworthy.


Former Lehman lawyer predicts big role for AI post-Brexit

15 November 2018

A former senior counsel for Lehman Brothers and AI pioneer has predicted AI will be crucial in helping companies to alter thousands of contracts rapidly in the aftermath of Brexit.


Pro bono charity to launch website providing initial advice

17 September 2018

A charity supporting volunteer work by lawyers and law students is to launch a ‘virtual pro bono clinic’ via the internet, focusing on initial and one-off advice.


Solicitor ended murder appeal without instructions and “disrespected the court”

28 June 2018

A solicitor has been fined £12,500 for improperly ending a client’s appeal against her murder conviction without instructions and then repeatedly ignoring the appeal court’s invitation to explain his actions.


Steep rise in law firm closures and Compensation Fund payouts

24 April 2018

The number of law firms shut by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) increased by more than a third last year from 37 to 50, figures from the regulator’s annual review have shown. In its review for the 12 months to… Read More


“Insane” to bar solicitors from working for unregulated firms, online pioneer says

29 March 2018

An online legal services pioneer has described the current rules preventing solicitors from practising at unregulated firms as “insane”. Former solicitor Tessa Shepperson backed plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to change the rules – a move strongly resisted by the Law Society.


Office manager’s niece entitled to maternity pay, says judge

29 March 2018

A young woman who worked for a Derbyshire sole practitioner was an employee and entitled to maternity pay, the First Tier Tribunal has held. Rebecca Scothern was the niece of Karen Burley, office manager at Paul Brook Solicitors in Chesterfield.


Non-lawyers disciplined for disclosure failures during Cobbetts collapse

29 March 2018

Tribunal judgments in the cases of two non-lawyers involved in the finances of defunct law firm Cobbetts LLP have been published, marking the latest chapter in the disciplinary aftermath of the failure. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal approved agreed outcomes relating to allegations against the firm’s former financial director and partnership tax accountant.

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