Legal Services Act


Legal Ombudsman delays creep up again

15 July 2020

The waiting time for the Legal Ombudsman simply to start considering a complaint has nearly halved over the past year but it was still 90 days before the pandemic struck.


Vodafone offers business customers access to legal help

14 July 2020

Mobile telephone giant Vodafone is now offering access to legal services to its 500,000 business customers after signing a partnership with unregulated legal business Sparqa Legal.


Fewer than half of employment tribunal claimants use lawyers

13 July 2020

Fewer than half of employment tribunal claimants use a lawyer, with most of those unrepresented at hearings saying it was because they could not afford one, according to government research.


Barristers plead with peers for government Covid support

13 July 2020

Criminal defence barristers have made a desperate plea to peers for government support to survive the Covid-19 crisis, with solicitors agreeing that the profession was in dire straits.


Listed law firms post bullish trading updates

10 July 2020

Two listed law firms yesterday issued bullish trading updates, with DWF announcing rising revenues alongside cuts, and Rosenblatt a 38% rise in revenues for the first six months of the year. DWF, the world’s largest listed law firm, has been… Read More


SRA to review regime for checking solicitors’ competence

9 July 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to launch a review of its approach to solicitors’ continuing competence, amid calls for spot checks or accreditation schemes to reassure consumers.


Covid-19 will hamper ombudsman turn-around, says new chair

3 July 2020

The coronavirus crisis will impede much-needed efforts to turn around the performance of the Legal Ombudsman, its new chair has warned in an interview with Legal Futures.


Censored or offensive? CrowdJustice trans row rumbles on

2 July 2020

A barrister suing her chambers and Stonewall has accused CrowdJustice of trying to censor her, but it has stood by its decision to remove her “unnecessarily inflammatory and offensive” language.


Bar faces “existential crisis” with chambers set to fold

1 July 2020

Three in 10 chambers do not think they will survive more than six months as Covid-19 continues to hammer them, with pupils also set to be badly affected, Bar Council research has warned.


Chambers offers workspace for freelance solicitors

30 June 2020

A set of chambers in Birmingham, post Covid-19, is using unused floors in its offices to create a supported workspace for freelance solicitors, Legal Futures can reveal.


“Relax apprenticeship levy rules” to help law firms

30 June 2020

The Law Society has called on the government to allow firms to use the apprenticeship levy more flexibly than now to create new jobs and retrain staff as part of the support needed in the wake of Covid-19.


Mishcon wins appeal to secure guaranteed fees payment

29 June 2020

Mishcon de Reya has won an appeal over a judge’s refusal to grant the London law firm summary judgment on more than £150,000 of fees payable under a guarantee.


Listed company hails growth of its law firm

29 June 2020

Anexo Group plc – the listed business which combines legal services with credit hire – saw turnover increase 39% in 2019 to £79m after spending the year focused on building up its law firm.


Simplify adds major conveyancing firm to ranks

26 June 2020

Consolidation at the top end of the conveyancing market is speeding up after Simplify announced the acquisition of a leading London and South East firm, the second private equity-backed deal this week.


Justice fund hands out £2m in grants in just six weeks

26 June 2020

The Community Justice Fund – which only went live six weeks ago – has already awarded nearly £2m in grants to the legal advice sector to help it cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Coping with Covid in the criminal and family courts
15 July 2020

The legal sector has historically resisted change, with the judicial system only gradually implementing technology to improve its efficiency. Its approach has changed in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.


Forming good remote work habits for law firms
13 July 2020

You likely know the pearl of wisdom that it takes three weeks to make or break a habit. That rule was laid down in a random 1970s self-help book, but in reality, how many habits have you actually changed in just 21 days?


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Our latest special report, produced in association with Temple Legal Protection, looks at the role of after-the-event (ATE) insurance in commercial litigation post-LASPO. We are at a time when insurers, solicitors, clients and litigation funders work ever more closely to create funding packages that work for all of them, with conditional fee and even damages-based agreements now part of many law firms’ armoury.