Legal news

Tough new sanctions for “tax-evading” solicitors - 11 January 2017

New sanctions introduced at the beginning of January will see solicitors incur fines for ‘enabling’ offshore tax evasion. Following changes which took effect on New Year’s Day, the Government is now able to fine either individuals or entire firms who

SRA report suggests rise in conveyancing fraud - 11 January 2017

An increasing number of cybercriminals are targeting the conveyancing sector, according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The SRA has said that 75 per cent of all ‘cybercrime’ reports received from solicitors and legal firms in the 12 months to

Will-writing firm hit with £30k fine over ‘nuisance call’ complaints - 12 December 2016

A fine of £30,000 has been handed out to a will-writing firm by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), following almost 100 ‘nuisance call’ complaints from people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). An ICO investigation revealed that the firm

Personal injury claim reform criticised by Law Society - 12 December 2016

The Law Society has criticised Government plans to increase the small claims limit for personal injuries from £1,000 to £5,000. According to the Society, the plans, which will prevent offers being made to settle personal injury claims prior to medical

“Spectacular” surge in conveyancing transactions - 12 December 2016

Market analyst Search Acumen’s latest Conveyancing Productivity Index reveals that the number of conveyancing transactions recorded in the UK has increased by more than half in the last three years. According to the index, the average conveyancer completed one transaction

Client-care letters reinforce negative perceptions of legal services, study finds - 11 November 2016

Client-care letters (CCLs) are reinforcing the negative preconception that lawyers’ letters are complex and difficult to read, new research has found. Commissioned by the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP), the report touched upon eight key principles to improve CCLs, and

Only nine per cent of consumers ‘understand’ legal fees, says study - 11 November 2016

A study carried out by a price comparison website has revealed that just nine per cent of consumers ‘understand’ the fees relating to legal services, such as conveyancing, will-writing and divorce. The research, conducted by comparison site Law Superstore, revealed

Welsh property tax changes could complicate conveyancing process - 11 November 2016

A Bill to be introduced by The Welsh Government will have a number of implications for those buying or selling properties in certain parts of the UK – and, more importantly, for their conveyancers. Forecast to be introduced in April

Conveyancing sector reaps benefits of bumper profits - 26 October 2016

A new study has revealed that the Conveyancing sector reaped the benefits of bumper profits in 2015, thanks to a significant increase in average fees. The figures, which come from a recent financial sector survey, found that law firms specialising

Law Society to spend £61m on game-changing computing - 26 October 2016

The Law Society has announced plans to spend a staggering £61 million on state-of-the-art IT systems in a bid to improve reliability. The Society’s ruling council agreed that the substantial amount would be spent over a four year period, and