Company & Commercial

Business recovery firm eyes acquisitions in bid to double size of ABS

27 June 2022

Business rescue and recovery firm Leonard Curtis is eyeing acquisitions as part of plans to double the £2.6m turnover of its law firm in the next three years, Legal Futures can report.

The aim is to double the £2.6m turnover of Leonard Curtis Legal (LCL), an alternative business structure launched six years ago, within the next three years.

Insolvency cases on the rise after difficult year for litigation funder

27 June 2022

Listed insolvency litigation funder Manolete saw its turnover and profit fall significantly in the last year due to Covid but is now seeing “strong growth in new case enquiries”.

Australian law firm targets UK SMEs with unlimited subscription service

24 June 2022

A tech-driven Australian law firm offering SMEs unlimited, on-demand legal services on a subscription basis has set up in the UK, aiming to be the most visited law firm website within three years.

Appeal judges reject challenge to litigation funder assignment

31 May 2022

Appeal judges have rejected a company director’s challenge against the assignment by an insolvency practitioner of a claim against her parents to a litigation funder.

Appeal court deprecates “act of deliberate concealment” by party

10 May 2022

Civil litigation should be conducted “with cards on the table – face up” and the courts should not “sanction an act of deliberate concealment” by one of the parties, appeal judges have ruled.

City firm to pay £1.5m over negligent advice on company sale

3 May 2022

City firm Charles Russell Speechlys has been ordered to pay two former clients nearly £1.5m after a High Court judge found its advice on the sale of their company negligent.

Platform aims to “mainstream” standardisation of contracts

16 March 2022

A “standardisation-focused legal community platform” has been launched by the team behind oneNDA, the initiative which created a standard non-disclosure agreement used by 600 organisations.

No need for new laws on smart contracts, Law Commission says

25 November 2021

There is no need for new legislation on smart contracts because the existing laws of England and Wales can accommodate them, the Law Commission has said.

National firm’s subscription service “will change the way we work”

10 November 2021

National law firm BLM launched a subscription service for commercial work this week which it describes as “a long-term project which will change the way we work”.

Litigation analytics firm turns focus on IP

1 October 2021

A litigation analytics company is using machine learning to help lawyers predict the outcome of intellectual property cases, in what is believed to be the first move of its kind in the UK.

Fast-growing virtual legal business launches global trade mark service

17 August 2021

A virtual legal business based in the UK has launched what it believes to be the first global trade mark search, registration and watching service entirely run by lawyers.

Start-ups boosted by £1.2m investment and top judge hire

17 August 2021

PocketLaw, a start-up aiming to provide a one-stop shop for the legal needs of SMEs, has secured further funding of £1.2m, while an online divorce service has named a top judge as an advisor.

Work of company lawyers becoming trickier, says CMA boss

5 July 2021

The work of lawyers advising large companies has become harder because clients are not as concerned to protect their reputations as they once were, the solicitor boss of the CMA has said.

Immigration and civil litigation hit hardest by Covid-19

5 May 2021

Immigration and civil litigation were the two areas of legal practice hit hardest by the pandemic last year, with private client and family law “insulated” from the impact, new research has found.

Personal insolvency verses matrimonial law

3 March 2021

It is fair to say that there has, for many years, been a “difference of opinion” between the law governing personal insolvency and matrimonial law with each “side” believing that they are right and should take precedence. The principal, sometimes conflicting, legislation is covered in the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. However, the differing courts can and will give wide discretion when determining whether and how a married couple’s assets are to be divided.

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A new route to practice rights for chartered legal executives

Following approval from the Legal Services Board in May 2022, CILEx Regulation has launched an alternative route for chartered legal executives to obtain independent practice rights.

NFTs, the courts and the role of injunctions

In May, news broke that a non-fungible token was the subject of a successful injunction made by the Singapore High Court. The NFT in question is part of the very valuable Bored Ape Yacht Club series.

Matthew Pascall

Low-value commercial cases – an achievable challenge for ATE insurers

There are many good claims brought for damages that are likely to be significantly less than twice the cost of bringing the claim. These cases present a real challenge for insurers.


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