Legal news

State-funding should be reinstated for early-stage legal advice, says Law Society - 13 December 2017

Following the publication of a new report, the Law Society has called for state-funding for early-stage legal advice to be reinstated. The calls come amid concerns that such reforms could enable legal services consumers to resolve matters and disputes “sooner”

Concerns that solicitors are still unprepared for the GDPR - 13 December 2017

Following the publication of recent research, concerns have been raised that many solicitors and law firms might not be fully prepared for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May next year. This is despite the fact

Law Society predicts rapid productivity growth in legal sector - 13 December 2017

The Law Society has said that the legal sector will welcome substantial productivity growth if it embraces Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other new technologies in the years ahead. According to reports, the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales

Figures suggest law firms are not making the most of apprenticeship vouchers - 8 November 2017

Almost half of businesses paying the apprenticeship levy are writing their payments off as tax, according to new figures – amid concerns that law firms are not reaping the advantages of extra training. The Department for Education (DfE) revealed that

Law firms may need to review approach to pricing and customer service, study finds - 8 November 2017

A new industry report suggests that many commercial law firms may need to rethink their approach to pricing and customer service, as a significant number of clients feel that the legal services they receive do not represent good value for

Solicitors expected to go head-to-head for £650 million public sector contract - 8 November 2017

Solicitors and law firms are expected to go head-to-head this year after the Government revealed plans to set up a £650 million marketplace for the public sector to procure legal services. It forms part of the public sector’s plan to

Controversial “flexible court hours” scheme put on hold - 11 October 2017

A controversial “flexible court hours” scheme that was due to be imminently rolled out across several jurisdictions has now been put on hold by the Government. The plans, which are heavily opposed by the legal sector, will see the crown

Solicitors could face hefty tax bills following FTT judgment - 11 October 2017

Concerns have been raised that solicitors and law firms could face huge tax bills, after a First-Tier Tribunal ruled that VAT is payable in relation to electronic local authority property searches carried out by third-party firms. In the case in

CMA gets green light to reform price transparency in legal sector - 11 October 2017

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has given the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) the green light to proceed with plans to improve price transparency in the legal sector. It said the CMA’s proposals “represent a sufficient starting point for the

SRA publishes new social media guidance for solicitors - 26 September 2017

New guidance has been published by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in recent days in relation to “inappropriate behaviour” on social media sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter. It follows news that the regulator has experienced a ‘significant increase’ in