Legal Services Act

LSB issues wide-ranging list of weaknesses in legal market

1 October 2020

The LSB has issued a damning diagnosis of weaknesses in the structure of the market, including inadequate transparency by law firms and smaller regulators unable to cope with the change needed.

Review of BSB decision-making will not cover exams furore

30 September 2020

The Legal Services Board has launched its review of the quality of the Bar Standards Board’s decision-making – but is not going to look at the controversy around last month’s Bar exams.

Gateley eyes post-Covid acquisition opportunities

30 September 2020

Pioneering listed law firm Gateley expects to continue growing both organically and by acquisition as it emerges from the Covid-19 crisis, it told investors yesterday.

Ince Group shares slump as Covid-19 takes toll

30 September 2020

Shares in listed law firm Ince Group tumbled by 10% yesterday after revealing that its UK operation was not performing as well as its overseas offices – even though revenues overall are up.

Slater & Gordon makes significant PI firm acquisition

29 September 2020

The latest consolidation move in the personal injury market came today with Slater & Gordon announcing the acquisition of Jigsaw Law from medico-legal and insurance services giant Examworks.

Female advocates “to lose instructions” with longer court hours

29 September 2020

Criminal advocates unable to accommodate courts’ extended operating hours are likely to miss out on instructions even though they can ask for hearings to be held during regular hours instead.

Former cabinet ministers take consultancies with City law firms

29 September 2020

Ex-Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has joined Withers as ‘consultant global counsel’, subject to conditions imposed to ensure he does not use his knowledge to unfairly benefit the City firm.

Crime firm launches with innovative stop and search app

28 September 2020

A new specialist criminal law firm has launched with a stop and search app that allows users to record their interaction with the police and automatically uploads it to the cloud.

Property industry urges sellers to instruct lawyers from the start

25 September 2020

Conveyancers, estate agents, surveyors and others have signed up to an ‘industry pledge’ that urges sellers to instruct a lawyer before, or at the same time as, they put their property on the market.

Vulnerable people left without access to solicitors during Covid

25 September 2020

Some of the most vulnerable people have been left isolated and without proper access to solicitors because of the official response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Law Society has argued.

US private equity house takes major stake in listed law firm

24 September 2020

An American private equity house has become the largest external investor in DWF after taking a 4.5% stake in the listed law firm worth £10m.

Law firms “in denial” about their post-Covid finances

24 September 2020

Law firms’ high level of confidence about the future – despite Covid-19 and Brexit – is at odds with a lax approach to finances and could indicate “an industry in denial”, new research has warned.

Big personal injury firms “to merge as market shrinks”

23 September 2020

Some of the larger personal injury firms are set to merge while others will have to restructure, with the market set to reach a “watershed moment”, a report has predicted.

Frenkel Topping eyes National Accident Helpline acquisition

23 September 2020

Frenkel Topping, best known for giving financial advice to seriously injured claimants with large awards, has approached the company that owns National Accident Helpline over a potential acquisition.

Exclusive: PI newcomer saves 100 jobs with Yorkshire firm pre-pack

22 September 2020

The jobs of more than 100 staff at Yorkshire firm Heptonstalls have been saved by a start-up personal injury practice that aims to expand as others leave the market due to next year’s whiplash reforms.

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