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Latest deal for law firm consolidator as M&A rumbles on

6 May 2021

Law firm consolidator Metamorph Group has unveiled its latest acquisition, as we round up the latest M&A news and report on a major new international force launched in France and Germany.

Global network targets London with second UK law firm acquisition

5 May 2021

International professional services group ETL Global has acquired 30-partner London firm Laytons for its network, doubling its legal footprint in the UK with further acquisitions to come.

Investors back start-up that turns collaborating lawyers into virtual firm

5 May 2021

A lawtech start-up has far exceeded its target to raise funding of £120,000 for software that links lawyers who know each other so they can collaborate remotely and compete with large firms.

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.

Knights enters Sheffield in deal number 13 for listed consolidator

4 May 2021

Knights is to acquire Sheffield practice Keebles for £11.6m, the 13th acquisition the consolidator has managed in less than three years as a listed business.

Concerns mount over use of review websites to judge quality of lawyers

4 May 2021

The Bar Council and Council for Licensed Conveyancers have warned of the dangers of using “one-sided” consumer reviews to assess the quality of lawyers.

Keystone boss untroubled by competition from US

30 April 2021

The boss of Keystone Law has said he is “untroubled” by the ambitions of other law firms that openly want to compete with the listed business as it announced rising turnover and profit for 2020/21.

CMC numbers continue to fall as whiplash regulation clear latest hurdle

29 April 2021

The number of claims management companies continues to fall year on year and has dropped 80% over the past decade, new figures have shown.

CEO who “ran for the hills” loses appeal over failed unfair dismissal claim

29 April 2021

A well-known law firm did not fire its chief executive because he made protected disclosures about financial problems that were discovered at the practice, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled.

Mishcon de Reya confirms plan to list on main stock exchange

28 April 2021

Partners at London law firm Mishcon de Reya have voted to explore a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange later this year, it announced today.

Firm discriminated against partner suffering mental health problems

28 April 2021

A former equity partner at Freeths has won a disability discrimination claim over the way the leading midlands law firm treated him after he was diagnosed with mental health problems.

Law firms to offer upfront conveyancing transaction packs

28 April 2021

A national panel of law firms is being created to allow estate agents and members of the public to find conveyancers prepared to provide buyers with upfront property transaction packs.

Three-quarters of law firms furloughed staff, survey finds

28 April 2021

Three-quarters of law firms furloughed fee-earners last year and 84% support staff, a Law Society survey has found. Some 15% were forced to negotiate ‘time to pay’ arrangements with HMRC.

Anexo “took advantage” of firms furloughing staff and leaving PI

28 April 2021

Listed legal services and credit hire business Anexo Group took advantage of competitors leaving the personal injury market or putting staff on furlough last year, it told investors yesterday.

Government reduces increase in small claims limit for non-RTA cases

27 April 2021

The small claims limit for all personal injury claims other than RTAs will only rise to £1,500, rather than £2,000, and its introduction deferred, the government announced yesterday.

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