Legal news

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Faulks has ended months of uncertainty by confirming that the consultation on further reforms to personal injury will not be published until after the EU referendum, but will be implemented in 2017.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

Government to expose gender pay gulf in law - 23 March 2016

Leading UK law firms will soon have to publish the gender pay gap of their partners following a change to mandatory reporting requirements proposed by the government. Regulations that take effect before April 2018 are expected to include partner pay

Law Society calls for work experience placements to offer minimum wage - 23 March 2016

Firms should pay those on work experience the minimum wage or above, according to the Law Society, after a survey showed that nearly a quarter of aspiring lawyers have worked for more than six months unpaid. In new guidance to

Law firms should publish details of complaints and prices, consumer panel says - 8 February 2016

The Legal Services Consumer Panel has said that law firms should be required by their regulators to publish details of complaints and average prices on their websites. The Panel has also called on regulators to ensure firms provide “more sector-specific

Solicitors welcome Gove’s legal aid retreat - 8 February 2016

Lawyers across England and Wales are celebrating following the Justice Secretary’s decision to abolish the new criminal legal aid contracting regime. In a ministerial statement made at the end of January, the Lord Chancellor Michael Gove announced that he had