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There is a “huge future” for high street firms, new SPG chairman says

There is a “huge future” for high street law firms, but the way ahead will be for practices to become more specialised, the new chairman of the Sole Practitioners Group (SPG) has said.

June 10th, 2015 | No Comments »

SRA widens definition of ‘small firms’ by doubling turnover limit

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has widened its definition of a ‘small firm’ by doubling the annual turnover limit from £200,000 to £400,000. The limit of four on the number of managers is not changing.

May 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

Not so clever: 80% of lawyers rate themselves as ‘above average’ but only 40% of clients see it that way

Although 80% of lawyers at small firms rate their services as ‘above average’ only 40% of clients rate them that way, a major study has found. The survey found that lawyers misunderstood clients’ priorities.

April 20th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Calls for UK legal services report to include ABSs, small firms and diversity

Delegates at the Global Law Summit have questioned why a major report on the health of the legal services industry included so little on new entrants to the market, smaller firms and diversity.

February 26th, 2015 | No Comments »

Exclusive: Assure Law buys HighStreetLawyer in bid to build 200-firm network

Business consultancy Assure Law has acquired a majority stake in HighStreetLawyer.com, the network of small firms, and plans to expand it substantially.

December 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

“Nobody listens to the Law Society”, says leading academic

Professor Avrom Sherr, one of the country’s leading legal academics, has said that “nobody listens to the Law Society” since it lost its regulatory role.

November 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

Barrister entrepreneur launches drafting service for lawyers

Barrister entrepreneur William Rees has launched an online drafting service aimed at mainly at solicitors in small firms. The business provides “customised templates”, which aim to be more tailored to lawyers’ requirements and individual cases than traditional precedents.

October 31st, 2014 | No Comments »

SRA says ABSs are likely to prove good news for solicitors and consumers alike

There is real potential for alternative business structures (ABSs) to have a positive impact on both the profession and consumers, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said. The provisional conclusions of an equality impact assessment said solicitors would benefit from improved employment opportunities, while ABSs would facilitate improved access to legal services for consumers.

October 26th, 2010 | 2 Comments »