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Firm sued over ground rent that doubles every five years

7 May 2021

A West Midlands law firm is being sued by a client who claims it failed to tell of a “ridiculous” ground rent that doubles every five years – meaning she will be paying £1m a year in 50 years.


Investors back start-up that turns collaborating lawyers into virtual firm

5 May 2021

A lawtech start-up has far exceeded its target to raise funding of £120,000 for software that links lawyers who know each other so they can collaborate remotely and compete with large firms.


Half of in-house lawyers say companies miss contract renewals

4 May 2021

Almost half of in-house lawyers say their companies are missing automatic contract renewals, with some resorting to Post-it notes or writing on their hands to remind themselves.


Law firms will continue with digital learning – if they can find the time

30 April 2021

Two-thirds of law firms say the increase in digital learning as a result of the pandemic will continue, but a quarter of firms told a survey their lawyers have “no time” for training during the working day.


Firm discriminated against partner suffering mental health problems

28 April 2021

A former equity partner at Freeths has won a disability discrimination claim over the way the leading midlands law firm treated him after he was diagnosed with mental health problems.


Rocket Lawyer fuels growth with £161m investment

23 April 2021

Online legal services provider Rocket Lawyer has received a £161m funding boost to meet growing demand and scale up its cloud-based case management system.


LSB: Regulators must play role in unleashing potential of lawtech

20 April 2021

There is a long way to go to unlock the potential of technology to transform legal services and regulators have an important role in this, the chief executive of the Legal Services Board has said.


Owners of closed law firms told: Find extra run-off cover – if you can

19 April 2021

Owners of law firms that closed down in the last 20 years have been warned that they face a difficult task in finding insurance to replace the automatic supplementary run-off cover that ends later this year.


Call for work to make consumer-facing legal documents more intelligible

19 April 2021

Lawyers need to make consumer-facing legal documents more engaging, and regulators and industry should consider measures to ensure they are intelligible, a report has recommended.


160 firms sign up to consumer app aiming to transform access to lawyers

15 April 2021

An app linking consumers to lawyers who provide free video consultations has been launched this week after three months of testing with 20 law firms – more than 160 firms have now signed up.


Firm to use AI to triage new clients and give initial advice

15 April 2021

A law firm is deploying artificial intelligence software that will become the first point of contact for all new clients, trained to offer initial legal advice and triage cases.


SRA backs new cyber-losses clause for indemnity policies

14 April 2021

The extent to which losses caused by cyber attacks are covered by law firms’ professional indemnity insurance policies is to be clarified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Negligence claim against Irwin Mitchell thrown out after assignment

13 April 2021

National law firm Irwin Mitchell has been granted summary judgment in a professional negligence claim because the retainer prevented its former client assigning his cause of action.


Law firm and top entrepreneur ramp up Thirdfort backing

13 April 2021

Digital onboarding platform Thirdfort has secured £1.5m in its latest fundraising, with further backing from Zoopla entrepreneur Alex Chesterman and London law firm Mishcon de Reya.


Ince launches client onboarding solution for estate agents

12 April 2021

Listed law firm Ince has launched a product to help estate agents onboard clients in a way that meets the demands of anti-money laundering regulations.

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SDLT is not stamp duty. This is something I have to say to firms too often. Whilst it has some of the same words in its name, it is not the former tax on property deeds that existed pre-December 2003.