Client care


Inquiry was “right to refuse” participants choice of lawyer

8 July 2020

The High Court has upheld a decision refusing two ‘core participants’ in the infected blood public inquiry the right to nominate their own solicitors.


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.


Legal project management “needs common standards”

27 April 2020

Legal project management has received an unexpected boost from people working from home as a result of Covid-19 but law firms are keen on formal standards for it, according to a study.


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 need to take ‘whole person’ approach to clients

26 February 2020

Law firms and other advisers are often organised so they only see a legal problem that needs to be resolved, rather than take a ‘whole person’ approach to clients, the head of a well-known legal charity has said.


Law firms failing miserably with client follow-ups

27 January 2020

Law firms are making follow-up calls to only 9% of the people that contact them, a mystery shopper survey has found, with conveyancing teams performing better than private client and debt recovery.


Survey: Law firms benefit from efforts to help disabled

15 October 2019

Solicitors’ firms that adjust the way they present information to disabled people – and make explicit how they can accommodate their needs – will see the business benefits, a major study has found.


Legal advice privilege “survives” company’s dissolution

7 October 2019

Legal advice privilege attaching to communications between a company and its lawyers survives the dissolution of the company, the Court of Appeal has ruled.


New clients put trust factors “way ahead of price”

3 October 2019

Reputation and trust remain more important to winning new business than price, despite the push for greater transparency, according to a massive client satisfaction survey.


One in three legal consumers using online services

30 July 2019

A third of consumers are now accessing legal services online while telephone-based services are declining, new research has found. However, the proportion shopping around is still relatively low.


Consumers like law firms that publish prices, survey finds

30 April 2019

A large majority (77%) of consumers are more likely to use law firms that publish their fees online, a major survey has found. A smaller majority (58%) would be prepared to use freelance solicitors.


Solicitor fails in libel claim over treatment of clients

17 April 2019

A solicitor has failed in a libel action against the consultant of another law firm over comments made about her and her practice on Facebook.


Solicitors must think about “impression created” by NDAs

1 April 2019

Solicitors must think beyond the drafting of non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality agreements to the “impression created” by them, a panel of experts has warned.


Developers pledge proper legal advice for leaseholders

29 March 2019

More than 40 leading property developers and freeholders – but no lawyers as yet – have signed a government-backed pledge that highlights the duty of conveyancers to act in the best interests of clients.


Trading Standards publishes guidance on conveyancing referral fees

5 March 2019

The clock on a possible ban on referral fees from lawyers to estate agents has started running after new guidance on disclosure was published by National Trading Standards.

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Blog


Planning for retirement
8 July 2020

In 2006 I started thinking about retirement whilst founding a boutique practice specialising in partnership and employment law. Ten years later, a friend told me that I would never be able to retire.


Time for a new regulatory settlement
3 July 2020

The problem with reform based on a compromise with vested interests is that it ends up being more pig’s ear than silk purse and the Legal Services Act 2007 is no exception.


Reports


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Our latest special report, produced in association with Temple Legal Protection, looks at the role of after-the-event (ATE) insurance in commercial litigation post-LASPO. We are at a time when insurers, solicitors, clients and litigation funders work ever more closely to create funding packages that work for all of them, with conditional fee and even damages-based agreements now part of many law firms’ armoury.