Legal Services Act

Senior solicitor wins libel claim over misconduct allegations

3 March 2021

A senior solicitor at the Environment Agency has won his libel action against the owners of a garden centre business who accused him of professional misconduct in prosecuting one of them.

NAH to step up transformation from claims company to law firm

3 March 2021

NAHL – the listed company that owns National Accident Helpline – is to step up its transformation from a claims management company into a law firm, it told investors yesterday.

Lawyers’ lockdown “reflection” aids growth of consultancy firm

1 March 2021

A consultant-led law firm launched shortly before Covid struck has said that “reflection” by lawyers during lockdown of what they wanted from their lives and careers has aided its expansion.

Conveyancers urge Sunak not to extend stamp duty holiday

1 March 2021

Conveyancers have urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to extend the stamp duty holiday and instead focus on allowing those who have instructed a lawyer by a certain date to complete.

It’s 31 May – MoJ fires whiplash reforms starting gun

26 February 2021

The whiplash reforms will come into force on 31 May, the spring bank holiday, it was confirmed yesterday, as the government finally published the new rules and a marginally increased tariff.

Consultant solicitors “set to dominate” mid-market and high street

26 February 2021

Firms of legal consultants are set for huge growth and will become the dominant business model in the consolidation of the high street and mid-market, a report has predicted.

M&A activity continues to roll on in legal market

26 February 2021

The pandemic has not stopped activity in the law firm M&A market, with a series of different types of deals announced, as overall the number of law firms continues to drift downwards.

Climate change “could transform legal profession”

25 February 2021

Helping clients cope with the repercussions of climate change could transform the legal profession, a Law Society report has predicted, as lawyers focus on “proactive risk management advice”.

Average conveyancing firm saw transactions fall 21% last year

25 February 2021

The average conveyancing firm completed 21% fewer transactions last year, although the market did rebound strongly at the end of the year, with transaction volumes up 27% in just one month.

Conveyancers set sights on growth after challenging year

24 February 2021

A large number of conveyancers are focused on growing their businesses this year, even though some have struggled to cope with the workload of a hot property market, research has found.

Senior barrister rails against ‘direct access discrimination’

23 February 2021

Direct access barristers can be looked down on, and ignored by legal directories, because they do not have “well-heeled” solicitors singing their praises, a leading family law specialist has argued.

Ince launches first multi-disciplinary maritime offering

23 February 2021

Listed law firm Ince has launched what it describes as the first integrated legal advisory, business consultancy and technology offering for the maritime sector.

Law firm takes stake in online legal services platform for SMEs

22 February 2021

Cambridge and London law firm Taylor Vinters is taking an equity stake in online legal services business LawBite as they collaborate to provide SMEs with international advice.

Former presidential adviser joins ABS with eye on Brexit benefits

22 February 2021

A unique alternative business structure that combines legal and political advice has unveiled a former economic adviser to President GW Bush as its latest high-profile hire.

Probe to consider how best to regulate use of AI in legal services

19 February 2021

The more innovative use of technology like artificial intelligence by unregulated providers of legal services is raising questions of whether there is a widening consumer protection gap.

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