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Trade union firm faces trade union-organised strike

9 October 2019

Leading trade union law firm Thompsons is facing a strike over pay – and pickets lines at its offices across the country – organised by a trade union. It blames the squeeze in PI for not meeting the demands.


Sole practitioners ‘more profitable than small firms’

14 May 2019

Sole practitioners have overtaken small firms with two to four partners in terms of profit per equity partner, a survey has found. Sole practitioners also led the way in fee income growth compared to larger firms.


Mid-sized law firms recording solid growth, major survey finds

12 April 2019

Last year saw solid real-terms growth for mid-sized law firms, with median growth of 4.2% the result of increased fee income rather than simply more fee-earners, new figures have shown.


Law firm insolvencies hit new high amid ‘loan stacking’ warning

10 April 2019

The number of insolvencies among solicitors’ firms reached a new high last year, Insolvency Service figures have shown, and a funder has warned that ‘loan stacking’ will only make things worse.


VAT risk for law firms handling insurers’ claims work

21 January 2019

New guidance on delegated authority claims handling by lawyers may create additional VAT costs for law firms and lead to disputes with their insurance clients, accountants have warned.


Tribunal issues tax warning after senior barrister’s late payment

21 December 2018

Barristers would be “well advised” to make proper provision for tax liabilities given the “episodic” nature of their income, a tribunal has cautioned after upholding a fine against a QC hit by legal aid cuts.


Divorce is not a “blank cheque” for litigation, judge warns

27 November 2018

Litigation is not a “blank cheque” and divorcing people cannot behave on the basis that they are bound to be reimbursed for their costs, a leading family law judge has warned.


High Court orders partner to sell his share of law firm

8 November 2018

The High Court has ruled that a partner in a law firm who paid himself £16,500 after he had left the firm and was “effectively competing with it” breached his director’s duties.


Biggest client’s “IT disaster” tipped firm into administration

29 October 2018

A “disastrous IT failure” suffered by a law firm’s biggest client tipped it over the edge into administration and a pre-pack sale to fast-growing national firm Taylor Rose TTKW.


Partner fails to strike out bank’s claim under guarantee

29 October 2018

A former partner of a London firm that went into liquidation has lost his bid to strike out Barclays Bank’s claim to enforce a guarantee he provided to cover a loan and overdraft.


Bank backing for listed firm’s acquisition ambitions

16 August 2018

Knights Group – the Staffordshire-based law firm that listed in June – has secured bank funding to support its strategy to complete at least three acquisitions by April 2020.


Client bid to stop £33,000 repayment to law firm fails

31 July 2018

A client who received a mistaken payment of £177,000 from a law firm and only paid back £144,000 has failed to overturn a judgment in default.


Appeal court rejects firm’s £4.5m claim over “missing referrals”

27 July 2018

A personal injury law firm has lost its appeal against a High Court ruling that dismissed its £4.5m claim over referrals from an insurer that did not materialise.


Court of Appeal cuts QC’s £1m penalty for tax late payment

23 July 2018

A QC fined more than £1m for the late payment of both income and inheritance tax over several years has had the sanction reduced by 80%.


Law firm insolvencies rising sharply, research finds

13 June 2018

Insolvencies in the legal sector are set to double this year if trends seen in the first quarter of 2018 continue, indicating a possible downturn in the fortunes of law firms, it has been claimed. The figures also indicate that law firms may be waiting too long before seeking help.

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16 January 2020

Making Tax Digital throws spotlight on outdated legal IT systems

The first year of Making Tax Digital for VAT, known as the soft landing period, ends this April. During these first 12 months, firms without a compliant legal accounts package have used bridging software.

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