Practice points

Extended pilot of fully video hearings made opt-out

21 February 2020

A pilot of fully video hearings in the civil courts is to be extended and turned from opt-in to opt-out so as to drive more cases through the system, the Civil Procedure Rule Committee has decided.

Small firms “unable to pay for the best lawyers”

18 February 2020

Smaller law firms are unable to pay the high salaries that top candidates for jobs are demanding and this is putting them under economic pressure, a survey of 4,000 practices has concluded.

SME legal app launches with consumer version to follow

17 February 2020

An app to help small business owners diagnose and get guidance on their legal problems has gone live – with a consumer version set to launch later this year – in the wake of a huge research project.

Sexist comments “remain rife” in legal profession

17 February 2020

Some 58% of women in the legal profession say they or women they work with have received inappropriate comments from male colleagues relating to their gender, new research has found.

Sharp drop in LPC pass rate

17 February 2020

Pass rates on the legal practice course have fallen significantly, while the achievement gap between white and ethnic minority students remains large, new research has found.

Boutique firm first to commit to ethical quality mark

17 February 2020

A niche London disputes practice has become the first law firm to sign up to the Good Business Charter – an ethical business initiative that supported by both the CBI and TUC.

First indemnity insurance for freelance solicitors launched

13 February 2020

An insurance intermediary in the City of London has opened the door to the new breed of freelance solicitors by launching the first indemnity cover for them.

The law “has echoes” of pre #metoo film industry

13 February 2020

The law has many of the elements of the film industry that led Harvey Weinstein being tried for multiple sexual offences, it has been claimed.

Family lawyers “disproportionately female and white”

11 February 2020

Three-quarters of family lawyers are women, while those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are under-represented, ground-breaking research has indicated.

Standards committee backs AI “regulatory assurance body”

11 February 2020

A body that identifies gaps in the regulatory landscape on the use of artificial intelligence and advises individual regulators is needed as the technology develops, the government has been told.

Age discrimination solicitor awarded £13k in damages

7 February 2020

An experienced property solicitor who won a claim of age discrimination after being rejected for a job at a law firm, has been awarded damages of £13,200. Nearly half of this was aggravated damages.

Big law firms “under-pricing” work

7 February 2020

Large law firms are damaging their profitability by poor scoping of work and under-pricing it, and are also set to penalise lawyers who offer clients overly large discounts, a survey has found.

First apprentice qualifies as chartered legal executive

7 February 2020

A paralegal at listed law firm DWF has become the first chartered legal executive to qualify through an apprenticeship, an appropriate landmark for National Apprenticeship Week.

Law firm discriminated against disabled paralegal

6 February 2020

A law firm discriminated against a seriously ill paralegal by dismissing him after only three months while he was on sick leave, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Law lecturers demand delay to SQE

6 February 2020

Five associations representing law lecturers and academics have urged the Solicitors Regulation Authority to delay the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

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19 February 2020

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