Legal Services Act

Innovation means “asking tough questions and using data”

9 July 2019

Lawyers at high street firms looking to bring innovation into their firm’s cultures have been advised to find space away from day-to-day work pressures and ask if they would do anything different if starting out afresh.

Chambers “must publish” data on sexual orientation and religion

9 July 2019

The Legal Services Board has approved a new rule requiring chambers to include sexual orientation and religion in the diversity data they publish on their websites, whether or not all of their barristers agree.

Revealed: Children to be exempt from whiplash portal – for now

8 July 2019

Children and protected parties are to be exempt from the increase in the small claims limit and the new whiplash portal – at least for now – Legal Futures can reveal. We also have more detail on the portal build.

LSB report: Buy-in vital for legal technology regulation

8 July 2019

Achieving buy-in for technology regulation from everyone involved in lawtech – from developers to users – is crucial to it working well, according to an analysis looking at the lessons for legal regulators that can be drawn from the medical and financial sectors.

Small is beautiful, say solicitors who downsized from big firms

8 July 2019

Small law firms are appealing places to work for solicitors from larger practices, but growth and credibility are among the concerns, according to a survey.

Lawtech enables firms to sell “invisible” legal services

5 July 2019

A key aspect of tech is its potential to help lawyers sell to consumers as part of a multi-disciplinary package that includes unrelated services, where the ‘legal’ part is invisible to the purchaser.

Traditional law firms must adapt or die, tech GCs warn

4 July 2019

Traditional commercial law firms are “on their death bed” and must change their business models to survive, the general counsel of three leading tech companies have warned.

LeO struggles with case closures amid high staff turnover

2 July 2019

The Legal Ombudsman is falling further behind in meeting case closure targets amid high staff turnover, it has emerged. It closed 6,206 cases in 2018-19, compared to a target of 8,000.

Property damage “will be covered” by whiplash regime

2 July 2019

The whiplash portal for litigants in person will cover claims for property damage, in addition to personal injury and uninsured losses, the Motor Insurers Bureau has confirmed.

Advice app backed by Slater & Gordon rolls out nationally

1 July 2019

An app that offers users the full range of consumer legal advice and support for up to £24 a month is being rolled out after a pilot saw 70% of users renew their subscription.

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18 July 2019

Good company – general counsel’s difficult balancing act

Company behaviour and the ethical responsibility of general counsel is a sensitive subject, because the status and influence of the role can vary considerably from one entity to another, and the issue can be complicated.

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