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.

Lawtech start-up incubator closes 2018 pitch round with applications up

19 February 2018

Applications were up in the latest round of an accelerator programme for lawtech start-ups run by a London law firm, with smart contracts among technologies of particular interest, it has emerged. Six companies will win through to work with Mishcon de Reya from the “concept through to revenue-generating stage”.

Competition heats up in PI as firms look to survive upcoming reforms, survey finds

3 January 2018

Times are tough for claimant personal injury lawyers, but while many expect substantial consolidation in the market over the coming 18 months, competition is becoming fiercer than ever, according to new research. Advertising spend and costs were spiralling upwards both online and on TV as firms look to grab greater shares of the market.

‘Silver splitters’ seek out amicable divorce service as it announces £470,000 funding boost

19 December 2017

‘Silver splitters’ are finding their way to a pioneering online divorce service, which uses divorce coaches instead of lawyers as part of its goal of making the process as painless and low-cost as possible. Amicable App, launched in January this year, has recently raised £473,000 from a range of angel investors.

CMC that encouraged false holiday sickness claims thrown out by regulator

29 August 2017

A firm responsible for pressuring people into making holiday sickness claims had its licence cancelled by the Claims Management Regulator last week. It had encouraged holiday-goers to fabricate or embellish symptoms of gastric illness to get compensation.

LeO keen on bringing unregulated providers within its remit

21 April 2017

The Legal Ombudsman has pledged to avoid pursuing an “expansionist” strategy when considering expanding its jurisdiction, but nevertheless welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority’s suggestion that it could handle complaints against unregulated legal providers.

FOIL vice-president opts for Bar Standards Board to set up new business

27 March 2017

A prominent solicitor-turned-barrister specialising in insurance litigation has set up a chambers under the oversight of the Bar Standards Board, which eventually will offer litigation in addition to advocacy. Stephen Hines is also the vice-chairman of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.

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10 December 2019

Is your website lost in the desert?

Having a website is like advertising on a billboard in the middle of the desert – it’s pretty useless unless people are driving past to see it. It’s exactly the same with cyberspace.

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