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High street solicitor launches second BSB firm with client

22 October 2020

A solicitor has launched a second law firm regulated by the Bar Standards Board – this time an alternative business structure with a letting agent client.

Consumers use “limited criteria” when shopping around for lawyers

22 October 2020

Consumers of legal services apply “relatively limited criteria” when shopping around, research has found – which 46% of those polled did, while 27% went to the first adviser they looked at.

Top PI firms reveal mixed profits as another hits TV to build brand

22 October 2020

Two leading personal injury law firms have recorded contrasting results that take lockdown into account, while Minster Law has launched its first national TV advert to promote its PI work.

Family lawyers embrace mixed teams to offer non-court alternatives

21 October 2020

An increasing number of family law specialist teams are joining with other disciplines and professionals to offer clients a wider range of services that do not involve the court process, it has emerged.

Frenkel Topping given more time for NAHL takeover talks

20 October 2020

Talks between listed companies Frenkel Topping Group and NAHL Group about a reverse takeover of the latter have been extended by another four weeks.

Reduced legal budgets seen as biggest virus challenge

20 October 2020

Lawyers have identified reduced client budgets for legal work as the biggest threat to the profession from the pandemic in a new report.

Exclusive: Keystone investor eyes next legal opportunity

16 October 2020

The private equity investor who set Keystone Law on the road to listing is on the look-out for a new legal venture – but is not interested in traditional law firm partnerships.

Remote hearing success means no backlog in some family courts

15 October 2020

The family court system has adapted so well to remote working that some courts do not have a backlog of cases, the president of the Family Division said yesterday.

New hub to aid Black founders with scaling up businesses

14 October 2020

Two entrepreneurial Black lawyers are co-founding a network to “encourage, support and develop” scalable, high-growth professional services businesses founded and run by Black people.

Exclusive: High street consolidator buys three more firms

13 October 2020

Echelon Law, an alternative business structure which specialises in buying small high street law firms with succession problems, is set to acquire three more, Legal Futures can report.

Pandemic the “right time” to launch law firm

13 October 2020

The founder of a niche commercial law firm which advises start-ups has said this summer was the “right time” to launch the business, despite Covid-19.

Obelisk adds paralegals and junior lawyers to freelance pool

12 October 2020

Flexible resourcing pioneer Obelisk Support has launched a new paralegal service for law firms and in-house teams, with plans to add 500 full-time paralegals and junior lawyers to its talent pool.

Man who “probably” contacted Legal Futures pretending to be judge jailed for harassing him

9 October 2020

A man found in contempt of court for repeatedly breaching injunctions imposed to stop him harassing a circuit judge has been jailed for 16 months.

Big firms “quietly” working to reclaim ground from alternative providers

9 October 2020

The world’s largest law firms have been “quietly mobilising” to recapture revenue lost to alternative legal service providers by creating their own in-house versions, according to new research.

Rocket Lawyer imports English model back to US

9 October 2020

Online legal business Rocket Lawyer is importing the model it has developed in England and Wales back to the US as its home country begins inching towards opening up to non-traditional offerings.

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Why remote working has exacerbated cyber-security concerns

The ‘rule of six’ has been in place since 14 September, with fines levied for those who break it and now we are seeing even more drastic restrictions reimposed. So what does this mean for the UK’s cyber-security?

Cutting to the chase on the SQE

While it is right to raise valid concerns about the SQE, are we not a bit tired of hearing the same old tune of the beaten drum with no better alternatives being suggested and at the eleventh hour?


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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.