Supervising solicitor “told paralegal to lie” to barrister

An experienced personal injury paralegal who lied to a barrister and legal expenses insurer “on instruction from her supervising solicitor” has been banned from working for law firms.

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Gauke: Innovation and tech the way forward on legal aid

The justice secretary said yesterday that innovation and technology, rather than significant increases in legal aid spending, are the way to improve access to justice.

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Lawyers “must make way” for justice innovation to take hold

A report on global access to legal services has identified established legal professions led by lawyers as a block to progress and urged them to step aside in favour of non-lawyer leaders.

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SRA defends tribunal over bullied whistleblower

The chief executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority has spoken out in defence of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over its decision to strike off bullied whistleblower Emily Scott.

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“Web sweep” of 500 firms to check prices are published

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to carry out randomised “web sweeps” of around 500 law firms over the next few months to check they are publishing fees for certain consumer and business transactions.

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Legal Services Board begins hunt for new chief executive

The Legal Services Board is on the hunt for its fourth chief executive in nine years after Neil Buckley decided to stand down after just over three years in the role.

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Unqualified adviser admits acting for 200 clients

A man who admitted acting for 200 clients who wrongly believed he was qualified to give them immigration law advice is one of three such offenders to be sentenced recently.

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Platform aims to give SMEs legal advice without lawyers

A barrister entrepreneur has launched a DIY platform aimed at giving small businesses subscription access to straightforward legal advice without recourse to a human lawyer.

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Linklaters wins “women in the workplace” injunction

City firm Linklaters has won an interim injunction to stop its former business development director from releasing what the firm argues is confidential information relating to staff.

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Law Society calls on LeO to focus on rulebook changes

The Law Society has called on the Legal Ombudsman to make “concrete, specific plans” on how it going to cope with the new SRA rulebook, which will allow solicitors to practise from unregulated firms.

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18 February 2019
John Espley LEAP

E-signatures: A sign of the times

Using the internet or a smartphone app has become second nature to most of us and handling legal transactions digitally should be no different. The emergence of e-signatures is making this a reality.

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