Legal news

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

Law Society says Brexit negotiations must ‘preserve the rights’ of the legal sector - 16 February 2017

In a report entitled Brexit and the law, the Law Society has called upon the Government to ‘preserve the rights’ of the UK’s £26billion legal sector during Brexit negotiations with the European Union (EU). The full report, which can be

Solicitors will need to publish fees, says SRA - 16 February 2017

Under new proposals, solicitors and law firms will need to publish their fees for a range of popular services such as conveyancing and the drafting of a Will, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has confirmed. The SRA has said that

Solicitor hit with £6,500 in fines and costs for breach of consultancy agreement - 11 January 2017

A solicitor has been hit with fines and costs equating to £6,500, after the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) found that the unnamed man had breached the terms of his consultancy agreement. An SRA report reveals that the consultant solicitor had

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