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Digital courts take next step forward with damages claims pilot

18 June 2021

HM Courts & Tribunals Service has launched a pilot scheme that allows lawyers to manage and progress the initial stages of certain civil damages claims online.


Gateley criticised for not protecting client data

18 June 2021

A law firm specialising in data breach litigation has criticised Gateley for not keeping client data safe in the wake of the cyber-attack it suffered earlier this week.


QC: Menopause “made me feel I was losing my mind”

17 June 2021

A QC has described how going through an early menopause at the age of 37 made her feel she was “losing her mind” and left her a “hair’s breadth away” from leaving the Bar.


Gateley suffers loss of client data in cyber-attack

16 June 2021

Client data has been stolen from Gateley in a cyber-attack, the listed law firm has revealed. The firm said it was “confident that the incident has been confined to a very small part of its data store”.


Conveyancing platform aims to be “central source of truth”

16 June 2021

A conveyancing platform which aims to provide a “central source of truth” for buyers, sellers, estate agents and lawyers is being tested by law firms in Kent.


Ban for law firm revenue controller who diverted payments to own bank account

16 June 2021

A law firm revenue controller given a suspended jail sentence after diverting £32,000 in payments meant for suppliers to his own bank account has been banned from working in the profession.


SRA keeps SIF open in face of hardening insurance market

15 June 2021

A hardening indemnity insurance market and pressure from the Law Society have persuaded the Solicitors Regulation Authority to keep the Solicitors Indemnity Fund open for a further year.


Top firms “need to get clients paying faster” to prepare for next crisis

14 June 2021

The top 50 law firms had nearly £6bn of unpaid client invoices on their balance sheets last year and would be better prepared for another crisis like Covid if they reduced this, an analysis has argued.


Google’s Black Founders Fund backs UK lawtech start-up

14 June 2021

A contract drafting and review business founded by former Freshfields associates is one of 30 companies to receive funding from the Google for Startups inaugural European Black Founders Fund.


Susskind: “Trainees will learn like astronauts – with virtual reality”

14 June 2021

Trainee lawyers in future may do their legal training by using immersive virtual reality software simulating the practice environment, like astronauts preparing for space, Professor Richard Susskind has predicted.


Smaller firms lead the pack on website performance

11 June 2021

Two of the smaller firms in the UK top 200 law firms are leading the way on website performance, new research has found. Stephensons and Lindsays ousted Pinsent Masons and DLA.


Swedish start-up brings one-stop business law advice shop to UK

10 June 2021

A Swedish start-up which aims to provide a one-stop shop for the legal needs of small and medium-sized businesses launched in the UK this week.


Law firms faced major premium rises in spring PII renewal season

7 June 2021

The spring renewal season saw law firms pay a lot more for their PII, with the surge in conveyancing work a concern and contentious probate an increasing problem.


Pandemic has “undermined cohesiveness” of firms, lawyers say

2 June 2021

Nearly half of lawyers believe that working remotely during the pandemic has damaged the cohesiveness of their firms, a global study has found.


Slater & Gordon launches “revolutionary” digital legal services offering

1 June 2021

Slater & Gordon has launched ‘miplatform’, what it says is a ‘first of its kind’ digital legal service that enables clients to progress their matters with little or no direct contact with a lawyer.

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