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Thompsons staves off pay strike with last-minute offer

18 October 2019

Trade union firm Thompsons has produced a last-minute offer involving non-monetary benefits and profit shares to stave off staff picketing its offices across the country today in a dispute over pay.

Vote of confidence as Gateley partners extend share-sale limit

18 October 2019

Almost all of the share-owning partners at listed law firm Gateley have locked themselves in for a further five years under an agreement that restricts how much of their holding they can sell.

Barristers take over pioneering motor trade law firm

17 October 2019

Husband and wife barristers have taken over a niche motor trade law firm this month, which has been offering fixed fees since the 1990s and offers an end-to-end legal service.

Lawyers attack government’s FoI response on whiplash tariff

17 October 2019

The Ministry of Justice has provided an unsatisfactory response to a Freedom of Information Act request on how the figures for the new whiplash damages tariff were calculated, lawyers have claimed.

Courts chief: closures weren’t based on “real travelling times”

17 October 2019

Many court closures in the past have not been based on the real travelling times it would take people to get to an alternative building, the chief executive of the courts service has admitted.

Leading PI firm plots post-Civil Liability Act growth

16 October 2019

One of the country’s largest and fastest-growing personal injury law firms has announced record results and its ambition to expand further despite next year’s Civil Liability Act reforms.

Permanent secretary downplays MoJ’s funding boost

16 October 2019

The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Justice has downplayed the recent 4.9% boost to its resources budget, saying it would in part simply help to “keep the lights on”.

Report highlights local benefits of ‘nearshoring’

14 October 2019

Large City and international firms outsourcing legal and non-legal functions to lower-cost centres elsewhere in the UK produces significant benefits for those areas, a report has found.

Global investment in legal tech to hit £1bn this year

11 October 2019

Global investments in legal technology companies are nearing a record £1bn this year, with the £44m raised by London-based ContractPodAI the largest in the UK, a new analysis has revealed.

Amazon’s IP service: A first step to Amazon Law?

9 October 2019

Amazon has launched a “curated network” of intellectual property law firms to provide trade mark registration services to SMEs, which it plans to roll out internationally.

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