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“Boris deserves it” paralegal leaves firm after storm

9 April 2020

An law firm has condemned the “deeply offensive” remarks of a paralegal who has left the business after making headlines with a post on Facebook that Boris Johnson deserved to catch coronavirus.

Legal Access Challenge winners scoop extra £50k each

9 April 2020

A technology platform which supports survivors of domestic abuse and a chatbot helping people with learning disabilities understand their social care rights, have won the Legal Access Challenge.

Court rejects “fanciful” conveyancing negligence claim

6 April 2020

The High Court has rejected a “fanciful” £600,000 conveyancing negligence claim against the law firm Gateley, based on an error admitted by the firm.

Daughter in CoP case questions “second-rate” Skype justice

1 April 2020

An academic who was present at the first Court of Protection hearing to be conducted over Skype last month has raised concerns over its impact on relatives and witnesses.

Negligent firm ordered to pay €3.5m to property investors

31 March 2020

A defunct Italian law firm that operated in London has been ordered by the High Court to pay €3.5m to investors in a failed holiday development that allegedly had links to the Mafia.

Firms launches ‘will through a window’ service

30 March 2020

A law firm in Wiltshire is offering a ‘Wills through a window’ service as law firms look for ways to execute wills validly amidst a spike in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawyers and HMCTS launch remote hearings resource

30 March 2020

A project has gone live enabling the global justice community to share experiences of developing remote alternatives to physical court hearings in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Crown prosecutor with PTSD was not discrimination victim

26 March 2020

An experienced Crown prosecutor who resigned after developing post-traumatic stress order from being threatened at a magistrates’ court was not discriminated against, a tribunal has ruled.

SRA relaxes assessment rules for students and trainees

25 March 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has today outlined a significant relaxation of its rules for law students and trainees to allow more of their assessment to go online.

Don’t believe the hype: “Modest” take-up of lawtech

23 March 2020

The take-up of many forms of lawtech are “modest” in England and Wales, and especially so for technology assisted by artificial intelligence, despite the hype around it, new research has found.

Home-working should not just be for fee-earners, says union

20 March 2020

A union for legal sector workers has urged fee-earners allowed to work from home “to show solidarity” with administrative staff at their firms who have not been.

“Outrage” as only partners are allowed to work from home

18 March 2020

A union representing legal workers has expressed “outrage” at the “classist allocation of risk” that is seeing law firm partners working from home while other staff are forced into the office.

SRA: “Solicitors conceal disability for fear of harming careers”

16 March 2020

Many disabled solicitors have downplayed the extent of their disability because they don’t trust law firms to treat them equally with their able colleagues, new research has revealed.

Court service set to pilot online PI claims system

11 March 2020

A pilot for dealing with personal injury claims online is set to launch in late spring. It will be developed during the year so claims can be completed online all the way to the final hearing.

Barrister fails in race discrimination claim against chambers

9 March 2020

A barrister expelled from a leading London set after a complaint by its senior clerk has comprehensively lost a race discrimination claim in the employment tribunal.

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9 April 2020

Protecting clients from home

Working from home is a new challenge for many, but as long as reasonable steps are taken to ensure clients are protected and standards of compliance are met, it does not need to be daunting.

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