Practice points

PII underwriters warn solicitors after failing to change terms

3 September 2020

Indemnity insurers have warned solicitors that they will suffer the consequences of their regulator maintaining that policies cannot be cancelled for non-payment of premiums or excesses.

BSB pilots reverse race mentoring for senior White barristers

3 September 2020

The Bar Standards Board has launched a pilot reverse mentoring scheme, in which Bar students and junior barristers from BAME backgrounds mentor senior White barristers.

Law firms must aim for “cultural equality”, says Post Office GC

2 September 2020

Law firms and in-house teams have done “tremendous work” in improving their approach to diversity and inclusion and should now aim for “cultural equality”, a leading general counsel has said.

Law firm uses clause game to train AI

2 September 2020

A commercial law firm is recruiting players to take part in the latest round of an online game to train an artificial intelligence tool which helps lawyers draft contracts.

CPS solicitor “was not too ill” to bring tribunal claim in time

2 September 2020

A former Crown Prosecution Service solicitor was unwell with stress but not so ill that she could not bring an unfair dismissal claim in time, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Second summary judgment issued against firm in three months

1 September 2020

The High Court has issued a second summary judgment ruling against EAD Solicitors arising from the alleged fraudulent activities of a businessman in collusion with a former partner of the Liverpool law firm.

Lawtech start-up focused on security raises further £1m

27 August 2020

A lawtech start-up specialising in identity and source of funds checks for conveyancers has attracted high-profile investors including the co-founders of Funding Circle in raising £1m.

Law Society warns firms of steep rise in insurance premiums

26 August 2020

Law firms are facing a 30% increase in their professional indemnity insurance this year, and even more for those with bad claims histories, the Law Society has warned.

Will-writing entrepreneur obtains “first digital LPA”

25 August 2020

The founder of will-writing software firm WillSuite has obtained what he believes is the first ever digital lasting power of attorney. He said the process took five months.

Law firm offers clients behavioural science consultancy

21 August 2020

A global law firm has launched what it believes is the legal industry’s first offering focused on behavioural science, aimed at helping clients make better decisions in areas like compliance.

Another big investment in alternative legal services providers

19 August 2020

Investment in alternative legal services providers stepped up yesterday after a US private equity company took a majority stake in Factor, the managed services firm that used to be part of Axiom.

LeO: Simplest complaints could take over a year to conclude

12 August 2020

The Legal Ombudsman has warned that if its poor performance over the last few months continues, it could take more than a year to process even the simplest complaints.

Judge loses race discrimination claim over litigant’s complaint

10 August 2020

A judge has failed in his claim that he suffered discrimination, harassment and victimisation due to his race over how a complaint against him by a litigant was dealt with.

Government set to mandate online probate applications

10 August 2020

Solicitor and other probate practitioners will have to apply online for grants of probate or letters of administration, under government proposals published today.

Partner fired for ‘topping up’ fees overturns tribunal ruling

7 August 2020

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has overturned a ruling that a law firm was entitled to fire a partner who was accused of ‘topping up’ legal aid fees with cash from a client’s father.

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