Legal news

LSB calls for more work on plan that will force law firms to publish prices - 20 June 2016

Additional discussion and more evidence is needed before plans to make all law firms publicly publish their average prices can be backed, says the Legal Services Board (LSB). Their announcement comes after a report from the Legal Services Consumer Panel

Increases to employment tribunal fees has put off clients - 20 June 2016

As many as one in five employment tribunal cases were withdrawn in 2014 following the introduction of the fee regime in July 2013, according to a study by Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service). Under the rules introduced three years

SRA tells firms not to charge for money laundering checks - 20 June 2016

In a worrying trend some law firms have begun passing on the costs for money laundering due diligence checks to their clients, a practise that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has said breaks the rules. Under current money laundering regulations,

One in five law firms targeted by scammers in past year - 12 May 2016

The Law Society has revealed that more than one in five law firms (22 per cent) have been targeted by scammers in the past year and that money was successfully stolen from client account in eight per cent of these

County court judgments at lowest level since financial crash - 12 May 2016

The number of county court judgements recorded against businesses has fallen to the lowest level since the 2008 financial crash, according to new figures. During the first quarter of 2016 only 21,860 county court judgements were recorded against businesses in

Personal injury reforms to go ahead, confirms Civil Justice Minister - 12 May 2016

Lord Faulks has ended months of uncertainty by confirming that the consultation on further reforms to personal injury will not be published until after the EU referendum, but will be implemented in 2017. As part of his announcement the Civil

Probate charges need to be re-assessed, says Law Society - 15 April 2016

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. Earlier this year the Ministry of Justice announced proposals to charge probate fees of up

Only small percentage of firms openly publish their fees - 15 April 2016

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. The research commissioned by the

Commercial pressures could lower quality, bar regulator warns - 15 April 2016

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. The BSB has said pressures arising from cuts to legal aid, the rising number

Solicitors call for Online Court to have lower £10,000 limit - 23 March 2016

The London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA) and the Law Society have called for a lower £10,000 limit for cases in the proposed Online Court (OC). At the start of the year Lord Justice Briggs set out radical plans to create a