Practice points

Judge: Investor who lost pension was not law firm’s client

5 June 2020

A man who lost his pension after investing in self-storage pods with disastrous results was not the client of the law firm who advised on it, a judge has held.

More funding for platform that “lets lawyers express themselves visually”

5 June 2020

A start-up created by an ex-City lawyer to help lawyers and clients visualise complex legal structures and transactions is in a new funding round having already raised £2m.

Remote hearings “can deal with credibility issues”

4 June 2020

People should not presume that remote hearings cannot be used for cases where the credibility of witnesses is at stake, the IT adviser to the Lord Chief Justice has said.

“You get noticed” – being a BAME female lawyer

2 June 2020

There are “real pros and cons” to being a solicitor from a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background, a senior regulatory lawyer has said.

Solicitor and firm sanctioned over property work

1 June 2020

A law firm earned some £800,000 in fees on three failed property development schemes as well as ‘quick sale’ conveyancing where it acted for both sides, a tribunal has heard.

Lawtech products “may need direct regulation”

1 June 2020

Lawtech products may need to be directly regulated as they become more complex, and it is harder for lawyers to understand how the underlying algorithms work, new research has suggested.

Firm’s negligence had “disastrous consequences” for client

28 May 2020

It is difficult to imagine a “more obvious breach of duty” by a conveyancing solicitor than failing to register its new owner, the High Court has said in a case where it had “disastrous consequences”.

Law firms under constant cyber-attack

28 May 2020

Law firms are “performing admirably” in response to daily cybersecurity threats, but are still being successfully compromised, research has found.

Gina Miller takes on new campaign: wills reform

28 May 2020

Businesswoman Gina Miller has turned to the “outdated” wills legislation in her latest campaign, calling for emergency measures to help people make wills during the Covid-19 crisis.

Crisis gives firms “platform to accelerate change”

27 May 2020

The coronavirus crisis has given law firms a “platform to accelerate change” in promoting equality, the chief operating officer of Bristol-based law firm Burges Salmon has said.

Law firms were paid out of frozen bank account

26 May 2020

A property investor breached the terms of a freezing order by using company funds to pay outstanding fees to two London law firms, which repaid the money when they found out.

Covid-19 remote hearings “must not become settled norm”

26 May 2020

Remote hearings have been a successful emergency measure but should not be taken as establishing a settled mode of operation for the family courts after Covid-19, a leading judge has warned.

Law firm unlocks new funding to develop redaction tool

22 May 2020

Weightmans has become the first law firm to secure Bridging for Innovators funding from the Science and Technology Facilities Council, which will help it develop a legal redaction tool.

Shut-down firm ordered to pay former staff £375,000

22 May 2020

A law firm shut down by its regulator last year has been ordered to pay former staff £375,000 for multiple employment law breaches.

ODR and sandbox at heart of major lawtech push

21 May 2020

An online dispute resolution platform for SMEs and a ‘lawtech sandbox’ were unveiled today as cornerstones of a concerted push to develop digital legal services in the UK.

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4 June 2020

Reflecting on the spring PII renewal season

I reported last year that the October PII market was a challenging environment and many practices paid more for their cover. This trend of increased premiums continued into this spring.

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