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Welcome to our April Legal Bulletin

Welcome to the Watson Buckle Legal Bulletin, bringing you up-to-date news and information on the financial matters facing law firms.

This edition looks at calls for probate charges to be re-assessed, new research into the transparency of legal fees and its impact on the sector and commercial pressures affecting barristers and chambers.

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We hope you enjoy reading our Legal Bulletin and find it useful. We welcome your feedback and ideas for topics so please get in touch with Chris Padgett at chrisp@watsonbuckle.co.uk or call 01274 516705.

Probate charges need to be re-assessed, says Law Society

The law society has called on the government not to treat the probate service as a cash cow by charging ‘excessive fees’ to bereaved individuals.

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Only small percentage of firms openly publish their fees

New research has found a significant lack of transparency over the pricing of common legal services, with those providers who publish their rates or offer fixed-fees generally being cheaper than law firms that do not.

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Commercial pressures could lower quality, bar regulator warns

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is warning barristers that commercial pressures could threaten their independence and tempt them to take unnecessary risks that may harm clients.

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