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Law firm uses exit shares to tempt consultants

A consultant-led dispersed law firm is using the offer of exit shares to help fuel rapid expansion. When the firm is sold, the proceeds will be divided between the partners based on billings.

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Solicitor struck off for “reckless” prison legal aid claims

The joint head of a law firm’s prison law department has agreed to be struck off after making legal aid claims for prison visits which never took place.

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Offering more law degrees “could save struggling universities”

Universities should prioritise law degrees for investment because they produce “better employability outcomes”, are comparatively cheap and are well-suited to remote learning, a report has argued.

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Negligence action against lawyers over amputation not time-barred

A man who received “devastating news” that his lower leg needed to be amputated seven years after settling his PI claim is not prevented by limitation from suing his lawyers for negligence.

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June breaks all records as homebuyers race to beat SDLT deadline

There were more property transactions in June than in any month on record as homebuyers rushed to beat the stamp duty land tax holiday deadline, HM Revenue & Customs revealed today.

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Listed law firms eye M&A to boost multi-disciplinary services

Pioneering listed law firm Gateley is to return to the acquisition trail after its growing multi-disciplinary offering contributed to strong annual results, with DWF following a similar path.

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Digital LPAs to be registered in two weeks under reform plan

The government has outlined plans to streamline and digitise lasting powers of attorney, cutting the time needed for registration in most cases from 40 to 14 days.

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CA grants innocent partners limitation defence in huge law firm fraud

Two innocent partners of a solicitor jailed for a multi-million-pound theft from their firm’s client account can rely on a limitation defence after being sued for the losses caused, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Solicitor who forged loan documents is struck off

A solicitor who forged documents for a £30,000 loan, secured against his matrimonial home during an “acrimonious” divorce, has been struck off, even though the events did not relate to his practice.

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High Court refuses to let law firm take place of deceased claimant

A High Court judge has rejected an application by a law firm to substitute itself for a deceased claimant, on the grounds that it would be a form of champerty.

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