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Vos: We need to strain every sinew to educate lawyers about blockchain

The UK is running out of time to establish itself as the legal jurisdiction of choice for governing transactions involving new technologies, such as blockchain, the Master of the Rolls said this week.

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New barrister-run litigation firm chooses SRA regulation

An alternative business structure specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration and led by barristers has opted for regulation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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Solicitor jailed for contempt after defying SRA court orders

A high-profile solicitor has been jailed for contempt of court after defying two court orders to hand over her practice’s files to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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Employee ownership “best way to deal with succession”, says Yorkshire firm

A Yorkshire law firm with over 230 staff and 20 salaried partners has become 100% employee-owned after its three owners decided it was the best way to deal with succession.

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Junior solicitor at SRA’s lawyers struck off for misleading client

A solicitor at Capsticks, the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s external lawyers, has been struck off for lying to a client and the firm about progress on a file.

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Leading litigation loan provider owes backer £43m, administrators reveal

Affiniti Finance – which lent money to thousands of law firm clients – went into administration late last year after a breakdown in the relationship with its ultimate backer, which is now owed £43m.

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In-house lawyer struck off after child pornography conviction

A former in-house solicitor at NatWest has been struck off for child pornography convictions after he was found by police with 15,000 indecent images and videos.

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Combining other professional services with legal is delivering, says Gateley

Providing other professional services alongside legal advice is bringing in work from new and existing clients, listed law firm Gateley said today in the wake of its half-year results and latest acquisition.

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Medical negligence claims process can be “inhumane experience”

Making claims against the NHS can be “a difficult, and in some cases inhumane, experience”, with the worst cases seeing staff trying to “proactively cover up” errors and even fabricating medical records.

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Lawyers back Raab decision to extend remote witnessing of wills

Lawyers have welcomed yesterday’s government’s decision to renew the temporary legislation allowing for the remote witnessing of wills for another two years.

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