Practice Management


SQE will “move the bottleneck” from law schools to employers

1 July 2021

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam will make it easier for people to qualify as solicitors but move the “bottleneck” to newly qualified roles, a leading academic and the training head of a major law firm have predicted.


Susskind: “Harder than expected” to reduce legal work to lawyer-free process

28 June 2021

The extent to which legal work can be reduced purely to administration and process has been overstated and in fact “lawyers are needed for all legal jobs”, Professor Richard Susskind has acknowledged.


City lawyers “need help from their firms” to engage with technology

28 June 2021

Lawyers have been reluctant to engage with technology partly because law firm partners haven’t given junior staff enough time to learn how it can help them, according to a government-backed report.


Signs of progress as courts support barrister’s childcare responsibilities

24 June 2021

A barrister has spoken about her “really positive” recent experiences of courts accommodating “the practicalities and balancing acts being carried out by those with children”.


Structured data format a “great step forward” for digital contracts

23 June 2021

The Master of the Rolls has hailed the launch of a universal structured data format for the creation of digital contracts as a “great step forward”.


Licensed conveyancers review insurance scheme as market hardens

23 June 2021

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has announced a review of its professional indemnity insurance arrangements in light of a hardening market for cover.


Supreme Court lays out “new legal roadmap” for professional negligence

22 June 2021

The Supreme Court has provided a “wholly new legal roadmap” for professional negligence after its ruling last week in two linked cases, the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association has said.


Office attendance limit “will avoid new type of presenteeism”

21 June 2021

A global law firm’s post-pandemic plan to compulsorily limit office attendance will stop women working remotely suffering from present colleagues receiving better assignments.


Digital courts take next step forward with damages claims pilot

18 June 2021

HM Courts & Tribunals Service has launched a pilot scheme that allows lawyers to manage and progress the initial stages of certain civil damages claims online.


Gateley criticised for not protecting client data

18 June 2021

A law firm specialising in data breach litigation has criticised Gateley for not keeping client data safe in the wake of the cyber-attack it suffered earlier this week.


QC: Menopause “made me feel I was losing my mind”

17 June 2021

A QC has described how going through an early menopause at the age of 37 made her feel she was “losing her mind” and left her a “hair’s breadth away” from leaving the Bar.


Gateley suffers loss of client data in cyber-attack

16 June 2021

Client data has been stolen from Gateley in a cyber-attack, the listed law firm has revealed. The firm said it was “confident that the incident has been confined to a very small part of its data store”.


Conveyancing platform aims to be “central source of truth”

16 June 2021

A conveyancing platform which aims to provide a “central source of truth” for buyers, sellers, estate agents and lawyers is being tested by law firms in Kent.


Ban for law firm revenue controller who diverted payments to own bank account

16 June 2021

A law firm revenue controller given a suspended jail sentence after diverting £32,000 in payments meant for suppliers to his own bank account has been banned from working in the profession.


SRA keeps SIF open in face of hardening insurance market

15 June 2021

A hardening indemnity insurance market and pressure from the Law Society have persuaded the Solicitors Regulation Authority to keep the Solicitors Indemnity Fund open for a further year.

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