Solicitor and firm sanctioned over property work

A law firm earned some £800,000 in fees on three failed property development schemes as well as ‘quick sale’ conveyancing where it acted for both sides, a tribunal has heard.

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Lawtech products “may need direct regulation”

Lawtech products may need to be directly regulated as they become more complex, and it is harder for lawyers to understand how the underlying algorithms work, new research has suggested.

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Virtual legal business launches US subsidiary

A virtual law business that uniquely combines regulated and unregulated legal practices, with lawyers in the UK and across the world, has launched a subsidiary in the USA.

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Groups issue Covid-19 advice for conveyancers

Five bodies representing conveyancers have joined forces to issue detailed guidance to support the re-opening of the housing market while complying with social distancing.

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SRA defends decision to prosecute Matthews

The boss of the Solicitors Regulation Authority has told junior lawyers that he is satisfied that its handling of the Claire Matthews case was “appropriate”.

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Shock change at the top of listed law firm DWF

The man who steered DWF onto the public markets as the first law firm to be listed on the main London Stock Exchange has suddenly stepped down in the face of the firm’s Covid-19 difficulties.

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ABSs in US move closer in wake of Covid-19

The Utah Supreme Court is pressing ahead with plans to become the first US state to introduce ABSs, saying the Covid-19 crisis underscored the need for innovation in the legal market.

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Firm’s negligence had “disastrous consequences” for client

It is difficult to imagine a “more obvious breach of duty” by a conveyancing solicitor than failing to register its new owner, the High Court has said in a case where it had “disastrous consequences”.

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BSB to review rules on barristers’ conduct outside practice

The Bar Standards Board is to review its approach to policing barristers’ conduct outside of practice, including how they use social media, Legal Futures can reveal.

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Law firms under constant cyber-attack

Law firms are “performing admirably” in response to daily cybersecurity threats, but are still being successfully compromised, research has found.

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1 June 2020

Marketing through the Covid-19 outbreak

Sadly, there is a demand for wills due to the implications of Covid-19, so the need to communicate your services to help those looking to organise their affairs is still very important.

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