Legal Services Act


LSB praises “impressive progress” made by smallest regulator

22 June 2021

The Legal Services Board has commended the “impressive progress” made by the Costs Lawyer Standards Board – the smallest of the legal regulators – in meeting its performance framework.


High Court rejects client’s bid to judicially review Legal Ombudsman decision

18 June 2021

The High Court has rejected a client’s application for permission to judicially review a £9,600 award made in his favour by the Legal Ombudsman that he claimed was insufficient.


Top firms “need to get clients paying faster” to prepare for next crisis

14 June 2021

The top 50 law firms had nearly £6bn of unpaid client invoices on their balance sheets last year and would be better prepared for another crisis like Covid if they reduced this, an analysis has argued.


Law firm mergers “not a time for consensus”

11 June 2021

Mergers of law firms are “not a time for consensus because decisions must be made” and the fact partners may have to cede control “must be debated and not hidden”, a report has warned.


Dentons secures private equity backing for global advisory business

11 June 2021

The world’s largest law firm, Dentons, has launched a standalone advisory firm backed by private equity with the aim of building a vast multidisciplinary offering across the globe.


SRA eyes pilot to promote greater unbundling of legal services

10 June 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is planning a pilot with other legal regulators on how to extend the use of unbundling as evidence showed it could save consumers up to 50% in fees, it has emerged.


Lawyers fed performance-enhancing drugs in Law Society dystopia

9 June 2021

More than half of legal services workers will lose their jobs and those that remain will be forced to take “performance-enhancing medication”, a “disruptive” vision of 2050 has envisaged.


LegalZoom uses ABS to bypass US ban on employing lawyers

8 June 2021

US legal services giant LegalZoom is bypassing the domestic ban on non-law firms practising law by employing US lawyers through its UK alternative business structure, it has emerged.


Plan for single register of all regulated and unregulated legal providers

8 June 2021

A digital register of regulated and unregulated legal services providers would be “the simplest solution” to improve consumer navigation of the market, the Legal Services Board has said.


LSB eyes accreditation scheme for comparison websites

7 June 2021

The Legal Services Board is set to recommend an accreditation scheme for review and comparison websites as take-up among both law firms and consumers continues to rise.


Signs of progress at Legal Ombudsman, figures show

7 June 2021

Performance at the Legal Ombudsman is finally improving, with more cases being closed, but dealing with the backlog is only lengthening wait times for new complainants.


International innovation to inform ongoing competence reform

4 June 2021

New forms of intervention introduced in other countries to ensure the ongoing competence of lawyers – such as annual assessments and greater self-reflection – will influence reform in England and Wales.


Shoosmiths spins debt practice into joint venture ABS

4 June 2021

National law firm Shoosmiths has spun its debt recovery practice into an alternative business structure joint venture with collections, recoveries and enforcement company Chartsbridge.


Slater & Gordon launches “revolutionary” digital legal services offering

1 June 2021

Slater & Gordon has launched ‘miplatform’, what it says is a ‘first of its kind’ digital legal service that enables clients to progress their matters with little or no direct contact with a lawyer.


Consolidator and investor target IPs handling distressed law firms

28 May 2021

An acquisitive North-West law firm and a private equity investor have joined forces to offer a service for insolvency practitioners looking to sell distressed consumer practices.

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