Legal news

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

Solicitors face compliance complications under HMRC information demands - 26 October 2016

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are increasingly putting solicitors in impossible compliance situations as part of their ongoing crackdown on tax evasion and money laundering, according to a number of leading experts. The taxman issued solicitors and accountants across the

Court fee hike causes slump in County Court Judgements - 19 September 2016

New data has revealed that last year’s rise in fees on commercial disputes worth more than £10,000 has led to many small businesses and sole traders being “priced out of the courts”. The latest figures from the Registry Trust show

Consumer panel recommends family law services offered on fixed fee basis - 19 September 2016

The Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) has said that family law specialists should be required to work under fixed fees in order to improve transparency in the market. It believes that family law is an area where regulators “should now

New tax avoidance measures may target solicitors - 19 September 2016

Solicitors are being warned of a potential clampdown on tax avoidance, which could affect lawyers offering traditional tax planning services. The government has launched proposals that seek to directly penalise lawyers and other agents who advise on tax avoidance schemes

Lord Justice Briggs calls on legal firms to meet the challenge posed by online courts - 19 August 2016

An important report on the future of the UK’s Civil Court System has recommended a new online court for dealing with all monetary claims up to £25,000. The proposals are aimed at helping people to use the courts with ‘minimum

Price index “will bring transparency” to legal fees - 19 August 2016

A new private online platform has been created to answer the growing number of calls for greater charging transparency for legal services. The new price index, published by Lexoo, contains a database of around 15,000 quotes broken down into detailed

Use of fixed fees continues to rise, survey finds - 19 August 2016

New research has found that nearly half of all consumer legal services are provided on a fixed-fee basis. The tracker survey conducted by the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) showed that over the six years of the study, consumers had

Billions stashed in offshore funds by losing litigants, according to new study - 12 July 2016

A survey of some of the UK’s top litigation lawyers has revealed that billions of pounds may have been lost through unenforced awards after cases conclude. More than 200 private practice solicitors, in-house counsel and corporate executives took part in

Government concedes Land Registry sale will struggle to make it through Parliament - 12 July 2016

The government’s controversial plans to sell-off the Land Registry are not likely to get Parliament’s blessing, according to George Freeman MP. Speaking during a debate in the commons the minister for life sciences conceded that with the slim government majority