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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.

Employee ownership move like “rocket fuel”, says firm

8 October 2020

A niche law firm which advises on employee share ownership and executive pay has become the latest to convert to an employee ownership trust.

LeO warns over emerging trend of holiday sickness complaints

7 October 2020

The Legal Ombudsman has warned law firms against making holiday sickness claims without “verifying the version of events” obtained by claims management companies as complaints rise.

Law Society conveyancing scheme a “barrier to competition”

7 October 2020

The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme is a “market barrier”, blocking entry to non-solicitor law firms, the Competition and Markets Authority has been told.

More mergers mark start of new insurance year

6 October 2020

A host of mergers and acquisitions have been announced now that the 1 October deadline that most firms still stick to for their insurance renewal has passed, following a series unveiled last month.

Gunnercooke develops associate and multi-disciplinary offerings

5 October 2020

Leading virtual law firm gunnercooke is ramping up its offering to associates as well as creating multi-disciplinary specialist consultancies in the next stage of its growth.

LSB hints at forcing regulators to fund Legal Choices

5 October 2020

The frontline regulators may be forced to fund the Legal Choices website if it is to reach its potential to become a “flagship consumer resource”, the Legal Services Board has hinted.

S&G to “automate everything” as it says: The future is digital

2 October 2020

Slater & Gordon’s ambition to become the country’s leading consumer law firm will mainly be fulfilled online as it looks to automate as much legal work as it can, its chief executive has explained.

LSB issues wide-ranging list of weaknesses in legal market

1 October 2020

The LSB has issued a damning diagnosis of weaknesses in the structure of the market, including inadequate transparency by law firms and smaller regulators unable to cope with the change needed.

Review of BSB decision-making will not cover exams furore

30 September 2020

The Legal Services Board has launched its review of the quality of the Bar Standards Board’s decision-making – but is not going to look at the controversy around last month’s Bar exams.

Gateley eyes post-Covid acquisition opportunities

30 September 2020

Pioneering listed law firm Gateley expects to continue growing both organically and by acquisition as it emerges from the Covid-19 crisis, it told investors yesterday.

Ince Group shares slump as Covid-19 takes toll

30 September 2020

Shares in listed law firm Ince Group tumbled by 10% yesterday after revealing that its UK operation was not performing as well as its overseas offices – even though revenues overall are up.

Slater & Gordon makes significant PI firm acquisition

29 September 2020

The latest consolidation move in the personal injury market came today with Slater & Gordon announcing the acquisition of Jigsaw Law from medico-legal and insurance services giant Examworks.

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