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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.

Huge growth in alternative legal services provider market

18 February 2021

The alternative legal services provider market has expanded rapidly in recent years, with those operated by law firms the smallest but fastest-growing part, a report has found.

Top 100 firms have “trust issues” because of online failures

17 February 2021

Many of the top 100 law firms have online trust issues because they do not comply with an SRA rule requiring them to display the regulator’s badge prominently and fail to engage with reviews.

Law firms sign up to social mobility and Black interns initiatives

17 February 2021

City law firms are partnering with the Social Mobility Pledge to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, with firms and chambers also signing up to the #10000BlackInterns programme.

Legal and financial services group expands with law firm acquisition

16 February 2021

Fast-growing wealth management and legal services firm Progeny has continued its expansion by acquiring conveyancing firm Watson Law, with three financial planning firms next on its agenda.

Tax barrister aims to make virtual chambers “biggest of its kind”

16 February 2021

A barrister specialising in civil and criminal tax disputes has set up a virtual chambers with the aim of making it the biggest of its kind by the end of next year.

Time to consider regulating lawtech firms, report says

16 February 2021

The time has come for the Ministry of Justice to consider whether lawtech companies, along with other unregulated legal services providers, should be regulated, ACSO has said.

Brexit deal has made world “much more clunky” for lawyers

11 February 2021

The Brexit agreement, greeted by lawyers with “sighs of relief”, had led to a “much more clunky world” for legal services, with important issues like privilege unresolved, the Law Society president has said.

Whiplash progress at last as protocol is all but approved

10 February 2021

There is finally movement on the rule changes required to make the whiplash reforms happen, with the new pre-action protocol all but approved last month, it has emerged.

Consultancy firm aimed at high street work targets national growth

9 February 2021

A consultants-led law firm based in Yorkshire has unveiled plans for national expansion after seeing its caseload double in 2020 with the post-lockdown conveyancing boom.

Virtual chambers brings in first QC as it outlines global ambition

8 February 2021

A virtual set of tax and revenue-specialist barristers has multiplied from its two founders to 11 members since it launched last summer, with several based overseas as it looks to build a global practice.

First4Lawyers sets up law firm to handle road traffic claims

4 February 2021

Legal marketing business First4Lawyers is to create an alternative business structure to handle road traffic accident claims after the whiplash reforms are introduced in May.

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