Legal news

Study sheds light on what businesses look for when outsourcing work to solicitors - 20 June 2017

95 per cent of UK businesses believe that a law firm’s level of ‘transparency’ is most important when outsourcing work to external solicitors, a new study reveals. According to research carried out by Thompson Reuters, the majority of business clients

Conveyancers welcome revenue boost - 20 June 2017

Conveyancers have enjoyed a significant boost in revenue in recent years, thanks to a highly competitive mortgage market, an increase in the number of first-time buyers getting on the property ladder and the willingness of buyers to pay more in

CAT: Law Society ‘abused its dominant position’ in conveyancing training market - 20 June 2017

A Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ruled that The Law Society “abused its dominant position” in forcing thousands of law firms to train through its widely-recognised Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). The news comes after claimants raised concerns that the Law

Parliamentary report calls on Government to reduce Tribunal fees - 2 May 2017

A new Parliamentary report entitled Human Rights and Business 2017 is calling on the Government to reduce Tribunal fees. The report, published by the joint committee on human rights, claims that such fees are “a barrier to victims seeking justice”

Sharp rise in cost of Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal prosecutions, report finds - 2 May 2017

The latest annual report of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) suggests that the costs incurred by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) associated with prosecuting lawyers on account of rule breaches has risen significantly in the past year. According to the

Surprise U-turn on probate fee hikes - 2 May 2017

Controversial proposals to hike probate fees from the beginning of this month will no longer go ahead, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed. According to reports, the MoJ has said that there is no longer enough time to pass

LSB confirms 12 per cent regulatory fee increase for Barristers - 8 March 2017

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved a 12 per cent hike in regulatory costs for Barristers, according to reports. Thousands of Barristers will now be required to pay ‘up to £200 more per year’ for practising certificates, with the

Study sheds light on conveyancing market success - 8 March 2017

New research suggests that the conveyancing market is “hitting new highs” previously unseen this side of the 2008 financial crisis. The data, which comes from Search Acumen’s conveyancing market tracker, suggests that law firms registering conveyancing transactions rose by four

Government to press ahead with probate fee hikes in May 2017 - 8 March 2017

The Government has confirmed that it will press ahead with a new probate fee system due to take effect in May 2017, which could see fees for some estates increase by almost £20,000. Currently, executors processing estates are charged ‘flat

Legal fee ‘cap’ proposed for law firms involved in NHS negligence claims - 16 February 2017

Reports suggest that the Government will introduce a cap on recoverable legal fees for law firms involved in NHS negligence claims. According to a new consultation paper, the fee a law firm can recover in an NHS negligence claim will