CMA’s Scotland probe highlights legal regulation reform priorities

The Competition and Markets Authority has hammered home its message of where legal services regulation needs to change as it begins a probe of the Scottish legal services market.

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Whiplash savings “this year” even though reforms face delay

Insurers will start pricing in savings from the whiplash reforms this year, even though the changes may be delayed until late 2020, new research has predicted.

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Women lawyers face uphill struggle on fees and salaries

Some clients expect discounts on fees for using a female lawyer while women who push for higher salaries are likely to be labelled “aggressive”, a global survey by the Law Society has found. The report concluded that quotas could help… Read More

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Solicitor who told secretaries to fabricate letters is suspended

A criminal law solicitor who admitted telling secretaries to fabricate and backdate letters, attendance notes and other documents to regularise his files has been suspended for nine months.

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Firm awarded costs over paralegal’s “dishonest” disability claim

A law firm which faced a disability discrimination claim from a paralegal found to have doctored a document used to bolster his case has been awarded costs.

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Law Commission rejects lawyers’ plea to narrow AML reporting

The Law Commission has rejected pleas from the legal profession to narrow the rule that all criminal activity that generates funds or other property is caught by the anti-money laundering regime.

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Lord Chief Justice “to have veto” over extension of online courts

The government is set to give the Lord Chief Justice the power of veto over what areas of law are moved into an online court system, it has emerged.

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New indemnity insurer offers rewards for well-behaved firms

A new professional indemnity insurer is claiming to be the first to offer well-run law firms “direct financial rewards” – such as a full premium rebate in a firm’s fourth year if it remained claims-free.

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Asons creditors owed £28m as liquidators bring claim over sale

The liquidators of Asons are suing its successor practice, alleging that the controversial law firm was sold at an undervalue, it has emerged. Unsecured creditors have so far claimed they are owned some £28m.

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Solicitor “used counsel and experts’ fees to prop up firm”

A solicitor who held on to money meant for counsel, experts and others for several years so as to aid his firm’s cash flow has been struck off. He only paid those who chased him for payment.

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26 June 2019

In conversation with a diversity and inclusion specialist

Most businesses have got challenges around their gender pay gaps. Some are still viewing the process as simply being a yearly reporting requirement, and are not really looking at the effects.

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