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Frenkel Topping and NAHL call off takeover talks

Talks about a reverse takeover of NAHL Group – the owner of National Accident Helpline – by fellow AIM-listed company Frenkel Topping have been called off.

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SDT “wrong” to strike out prosecution of Law Society president

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal was wrong to throw out a private prosecution brought by a former client against the current president of the Law Society, the High Court has ruled.

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City dominance of SRA board ends with ABS appointments

Senior figures from three alternative business structures are among the latest appointments to the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, introducing non-City backgrounds to its membership.

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Law firm recoups 40% of negligence payout from barrister

A law firm that settled a negligence claim is entitled to recoup some of what it paid from the counsel it instructed, even though proceedings against him were dropped, the High Court has ruled.

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Non-legal businesses fill pandemic income gap for Gateley

Rising income from listed law firm Gateley’s non-legal businesses almost made up for the loss in turnover from its core legal work during last year’s first lockdown, its interim results have shown.

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QC and accountant set up ABS regulated by SRA

A commercial QC has taken the unusual step of setting up an alternative business structure with an accountant, in contrast with what he described as the “outmoded” chambers structure.

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Solicitor fined for role in £29m off-plan development schemes

A solicitor has been fined £8,000 for failing to advise clients of the risks inherent in three off-plan development schemes which were not completed, putting nearly £30m at risk.

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High Court grants barrister her “dying wish” and halves suspension

The High Court has granted the “dying wish” of a barrister, suspended by a Bar disciplinary tribunal, that she should end her life as a practising member of the profession.

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Profession backs reforms to Law Society council

Solicitors have voted in favour of changes to the make-up of Law Society council and limits on how long members can sit on it, although only 6% of the profession took part in the ballot.

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Whiplash reforms delayed AGAIN – but only for a month this time

The Lord Chancellor today announced yet another delay to implementation of the whiplash reforms, pushing the date back a month to May this year, but lawyers are saying that more time is needed.

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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.