Practice points

Partnership “validly kept alive” to avoid pension liability

13 December 2019

A law firm that incorporated its business but kept the partnership alive solely to frustrate a retired partner’s pension entitlement has defeated that partner’s claim in the High Court.

Call for “real inclusion” rather than tick boxes at the Bar

12 December 2019

The Bar should focus on “real inclusion” and “actionable, practical steps” to improve diversity rather than tick boxes, a black barrister and human rights activist has argued.

Hale: Gender-biased instructions holding back female barristers

11 December 2019

Women not being instructed in the best cases and “traditional assumptions about who gets what sort of judging job” are the main reasons for there being relatively few in the senior judiciary, Lady Hale has argued.

Legal sector to shed thousands of jobs in coming years

10 December 2019

The legal services sector is to shed 13,000 jobs in the decade to 2027 – with a further 22,000 at risk if technology brings radical change to the workforce, research for the Law Society has predicted.

Moving home using just an app comes a step closer

6 December 2019

A start-up aiming to give home buyers access to all the information on their move via an app is set to launch a pilot with several leading software providers – and through them law firms.

Deloitte Legal joins tech lab bandwagon

6 December 2019

The UK legal arm of big four accountant Deloitte has become the latest law firm to launch a tech lab to incubate lawtech start-ups.

Law firm wrong to make solicitor pay for training course

5 December 2019

A law firm made an unlawful deduction of wages when it took £1,700 from the salary of a sacked solicitor turned office manager to cover the cost of a training course, an employment judge has ruled.

Alternative legal providers “will boost lawtech sector”

5 December 2019

Tech is a key element of growth in UK legal services, while investment deriving from market liberalisation and alternative providers increasingly linking up with law firms has strengthened the sector.

STaRs and SQE “will drastically increase supply of lawyers”

4 December 2019

The combination of the new Standards and Regulations and the Solicitors Qualifying Exam “will drastically increase the supply of lawyers”, the European head of Rocket Lawyer has predicted.

International firm launches automated T&Cs product

4 December 2019

Global law firm giant Reed Smith has launched a product that automates the legal bit of online competitions, with lawyers or non-legal consumers able to generate t&cs in multiple languages in compliance with local laws.

In-house lawyers need to “grasp nettle” with legal tech

4 December 2019

Law firms are “way ahead” of in-house lawyers in adoption of legal tech and the latter need to “grasp the nettle”, the chief executive of a start-up which helps corporate counsel manage their workload has argued.

Law firms “fobbing off clients” with AI claims

3 December 2019

Lawyers’ devotion to billable hour has stopped truly disruptive technology from changing the way legal services are delivered to the public, last week’s Legal Futures Innovation Conference was told.

Arbitration and ODR to settle smart contract disputes

3 December 2019

Arbitration and online dispute resolution should be used when there are disputes about smart contracts, the Chancellor of the High Court has said.

Online law school bursts onto scene for SQE

28 November 2019

An online-only law school entered the market yesterday to deliver the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination, with heavyweight backing from leading academics and lawyers.

Pre-92 universities lead way with BPTC pass-rates

26 November 2019

The pre-1992 universities achieve the best results in the centralised exams taken by students on the Bar Professional Training Course, it has emerged.

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10 December 2019

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