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Biggest firms falling behind on website effectiveness

The biggest law firms in the top 50 are some of the weakest when it comes to the digital effectiveness of their websites, a report has found.

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Taylor Rose targets further growth after £5m capital injection

Fast-growing consumer law firm Taylor Rose MW is eyeing up further acquisitions and office openings over the coming year after receiving investment totalling nearly £5m.

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SRA flags over £200m of potential money laundering by solicitors

The Solicitors Regulation Authority made 26 reports of suspected money laundering by solicitors to the National Crime Agency last year, involving more than £200m in possible criminal proceeds.

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Chambers hit by China sanctions battens down the hatches

The London chambers sanctioned by the Chinese government last week has battened down the hatches, appearing to distance itself from the report which drew China’s ire.

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Pandemic has left people “unable to access legal advice”, say peers

Some people have been “unable to access legal advice at all during the pandemic” to enforce their rights, peers have found, with the number of lawyers doing legal aid work at risk of falling.

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Tribunal: Law firm’s part-time FD was worker, not self-employed

An accountant who acted as a law firm’s part-time finance director through a company was a worker and not self-employed, even though he had another client, an employment tribunal has ruled.

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Two-thirds of Bar sexual misconduct cases referred for disciplinary action

Two-thirds of the reports of sexual misconduct by barristers received by the Bar Standards Board over the past two years have been referred for regulatory action, it has revealed.

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Law firms set to tumble down Google rankings as update looms

A lot of law firms are set to suffer a major ranking penalty from Google because of their failure to prepare for an update to the search results algorithm, research has warned.

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Legal Services Board sets 10-year goal to correct market problems

Changes to the regulation of lawyers – including altering the list of reserved legal activities – are part of Legal Services Board’s vision for the next 10 years of a changing legal market.

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Strong backing for lawyers and chambers sanctioned by China

The prime minister, the Lord Chancellor and the heads of the Bar Council and Law Society have condemned the Chinese government for imposing sanctions on two QCs and a London barristers’ chambers.

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