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Proptech newcomer wins funding for conveyancing service

9 October 2018

A proptech pioneer aiming to create a data-driven escrow service for conveyancers is exploring the use of blockchain security and is considering white-labelling its product.

Top firms back IT platform hoping to set global standards

5 October 2018

Three top City law firms have joined a high-powered international consortium to launch a platform that aims to set industry standards for the use of AI, smart contracts and other new tech.

From lawyer marketplace to global law firm?

4 October 2018

An online lawyer-matching service for companies has secured £3.4m in funding, with an investor predicting that it could become “a virtual and distributed tech-driven global law firm”.

SRA urges firms to engage with online reviews

3 October 2018

Responding to online reviews is more important than ever, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has told law firms. It also urged solicitors not to be afraid of negative reviews.

Multiple choice in SQE ‘better than people think’

2 October 2018

Multiple choice questions will enhance the Solicitors Qualifying Examination if done well, according to the person charged with designing it.

Law Society: Cyber-criminals targeting more small firms

2 October 2018

Small law firms are increasingly being targeted by cyber-criminals, but very few attacks are actually succeeding, new research has found.

Law firms join forces with university in lawtech initiative

28 September 2018

A collaboration between a leading university and two major law firms has been unveiled with the aim of looking at the impact of technology innovation in the legal sector.

Supreme Court rejects appeal over law firm negligence claim

26 September 2018

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal against a ruling that blocked a negligence action against London law firm Forsters.

High Court finds oral agreement to pay solicitor’s fees

25 September 2018

The High Court has found there was an oral agreement between a solicitor and the son-in-law of a client that the latter would cover his fees, which in the end totalled £330,000.

LeO urges lawyers to ditch web email providers

19 September 2018

The Legal Ombudsman has urged law firms that use web-based email such as AOL and Hotmail to invest in a more secure corporate email solution or risk paying out to victims of cybercrime.

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18 October 2018

Further tips to improve email conveyancing quotes

Personalising an email quote and ensuring your first contact with the customer is decisive and positive is very important in converting enquiries. Similarly, refusing to give a verbal quote can make your firm seem unprofessional.

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