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‘Email threat’ barrister feared “vindictive campaign” against pupil

The drunken barrister who threatened a fellow member of chambers over a tenancy application did so because he believed there was a “vindictive campaign” to damage the pupil’s prospects.

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CILEx calls for permanent power of attorney change

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has called for a permanent law change after the Land Registry began accepting copies of lasting powers of attorney certified by CILEx lawyers.

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Listed law firms post bullish trading updates

Two listed law firms yesterday issued bullish trading updates, with DWF announcing rising revenues alongside cuts, and Rosenblatt a 38% rise in revenues for the first six months of the year. DWF, the world’s largest listed law firm, has been… Read More

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SRA to review regime for checking solicitors’ competence

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to launch a review of its approach to solicitors’ continuing competence, amid calls for spot checks or accreditation schemes to reassure consumers.

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Freshfields: Covid has “accelerated” innovation culture change

The demands of working under Covid-19 has led to an accelerated culture change at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, with lawyers much more willing to adopt tech solutions rapidly.

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Legal assistant banned after lying about passing exams

A legal assistant who lied about passing his legal executive exams so that his law firm employer would reimburse the course fees has been banned from working in the solicitors’ profession.

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Medium-sized law firms “the most innovative”

Medium-sized law firms are more innovative than other firms, and are becoming more specialised, with mergers and acqusitions set to accelerate that trend, a report has predicted.

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Farewill raises £20m to fuel exponential growth

Online will-writer Farewill has raised £20m as it targets a major expansion in revenue, staff numbers and new services, including powers of attorney.

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Appeal judges reject divorcee’s negligence claim

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that a negligence claim brought by a woman against her law firm over its work on her divorce was out of time.

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Inquiry was “right to refuse” participants choice of lawyer

The High Court has upheld a decision refusing two ‘core participants’ in the infected blood public inquiry the right to nominate their own solicitors.

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Our latest special report, produced in association with Temple Legal Protection, looks at the role of after-the-event (ATE) insurance in commercial litigation post-LASPO. We are at a time when insurers, solicitors, clients and litigation funders work ever more closely to create funding packages that work for all of them, with conditional fee and even damages-based agreements now part of many law firms’ armoury.