Revealed: Taylor Rose to pay £1.4m for McMillan Williams

Taylor Rose TTKW is set to pay £1.4m to buy McMillan Williams, which was sunk by slowdowns in both the property market and personal injury settlements, and its high level of gearing, it has emerged.

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High Court overturns barrister’s suspension due to “lacuna”

The High Court has overturned a decision to suspend a barrister for failing to comply with a Legal Ombudsman direction – because he was already suspended at the time of the events.

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Consumers “ignore” conveyancing fraud risk as solicitor jailed

Consumers are more worried about the fee conveyancers charge to transfer their money than the risk of it being stolen, research has found at the same time that a solicitor is jailed for fraud.

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New justice fund issues £600,000 in grants

The new Community Justice Fund has already awarded over £600,000 in grants to the legal advice sector to help it cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Asons liquidators settle action against successor firm

The liquidators of Asons have settled their claim against its successor practice, after alleging that the controversial personal injury law firm was sold at an undervalue.

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Solicitor and wife witness client’s will via WhatsApp video

A solicitor and his wife have used WhatsApp video to witness a will made by a man who was very ill with Covid-19, it has emerged.

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Bar students urge online exams rethink

Bar professional training course students have told the Bar Standards Board that its plans for online examinations risk discriminating against women, carers and the disabled.

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“You get noticed” – being a BAME female lawyer

There are “real pros and cons” to being a solicitor from a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background, a senior regulatory lawyer has said.

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Listed group eyes PI acquisitions as lawyer directors cash out

Anexo Group plc – the listed business which combines legal services with credit hire – has raised £7.5m with a view to acquisitions, while two of its lawyer directors have sold shares for £3.2m.

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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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4 June 2020

Reflecting on the spring PII renewal season

I reported last year that the October PII market was a challenging environment and many practices paid more for their cover. This trend of increased premiums continued into this spring.

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