Practice points

Women face “sticky floor, not glass ceiling” after children

7 October 2019

Women lawyers returning to work after maternity leave face “not so much a glass ceiling as a sticky floor” and should recognise that a perfect work-life balance is impossible, a conference was told last week.

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.

HMCTS “must collect user data” to ensure digital courts work

3 October 2019

HM Courts & Tribunals Services must collect data on vulnerable users of online courts, on matters such as age, disability, race and sexual orientation, a report by the Legal Education Foundation has said.

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.

Bad behaviour by male barristers “still abounds”

1 October 2019

Inappropriate behaviour by male barristers in robing rooms and at Bar messes “still abounds”, with many women afraid to speak out, the Association of Women Barristers has said.

SRA could tell law firms to pay for trainees’ SQE skills tests

1 October 2019

The SRA could ask law firms to pay for their own research and writing skills tests when hiring trainees, instead of testing them in stage 1 of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam, it has emerged.

E-mail footer counted as signature for property contract

30 September 2019

A solicitor’s automated email sign-off sufficed as a ‘signature’ for the purposes of a contract involving the disposition of an interest in land, the High Court has ruled.

AI legal tech “so powerful it will need regulation”

30 September 2019

The use of cutting-edge technology such as AI has become so powerful that legal regulators will have to regulate the tech itself rather than the providers, according to a prominent academic.

Family courts “failing” McFarlane’s wellbeing challenge

27 September 2019

Many courts have not responded to the encouragement of the president of the Family Division to lay down acceptable working practices so as to improve wellbeing, a leading QC has claimed.

Legal Access Challenge finalists revealed

26 September 2019

A chatbot for people with learning disabilities, tools to help women facing domestic violence, and data-supported advice on employment disputes are among the Legal Access Challenge finalists.

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16 October 2019

The new SRA accounts rules – a checklist for compliant software

There are a number of changes to the accounts rules from 25 November, which law firm managers and compliance officers will need to take into account in order for their firms not to be in breach.

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