Legal news

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

Law Society tells solicitors to prepare for the future - 8 February 2016

The Law Society has today warned law firms that business as usual “is not an option for many, if indeed any, traditional legal service providers”. In a report, entitled The Future of Legal Services, the Law Society has set out what

One in ten legal advice agencies facing closure next year - 25 January 2016

The Ministry of Justice has revealed in a new report that as many as one in ten legal advice agencies will likely close this year. The report by Ipsos Mori, based on telephone interviews with 718 agencies, found that more

Government says PI small claims limit rise ‘long overdue’ - 25 January 2016

In an official response to an online petition, the government has said it is both ‘justifiable and proportionate’ to increase the personal injury small claims limit to £5,000. The Chancellor George Osborne announced the proposed increase, along with the abolition on

Steep rise in court fees confirmed - 25 January 2016

Court fees are set to increase again in order to plug a £1 billion funding gap in the justice system, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed. In a written statement, Justice Minister Shailesh Vara confirmed that fees will increase by

Personal Injury sees massive reform in Autumn Statement - 9 December 2015

Law firms specialising in the provision of personal injury services could see a significant decline in their client base following proposals to raise the small claims limit for personal injury claims and a scrapping of general damages for ‘minor’ whiplash

Average Will fee drops to £118 - 9 December 2015

New research has revealed that the average price of a standard Will from a law firm has fallen from £124 to £118 in just one year. Market research consultancy, IRN Research, is warning solicitors that the legal market is likely

Government to expand ABS plans - 9 December 2015

The alternative business structure (ABS) market could be set to take-off, as the government announces new plans to make it easier for other businesses to offer legal services in England and Wales. The move comes after a recent study found

Lawyers still not cost-effective for small businesses, according to survey - 12 November 2015

A new survey by the Legal Services Board (LSB) has shown that only 13 per cent of small businesses believe lawyers “provide a cost-effective means to resolve legal issues”. The new report by the LSB also revealed that only 10

New care-free attitude to IHT could be misplaced - 12 November 2015

Increased IHT allowance is giving people a disproportionate sense of their freedom from liability, says a report that estimates one in three wills need to be rewritten. The additional nil rate band announced in the Summer Budget means that by