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  • Solicitor “severely reprimanded” for misconduct while trying to correct 15-year-old error 19th February 2018
    A solicitor has been “severely reprimanded” by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after he compounded an error made by his firm 15 years previously when it failed to follow instructions over a property transfer. It is not a sanction that is seen any more but the SRA said it was available when the events took […]
    Neil Rose
  • Lawtech start-up incubator closes 2018 pitch round with applications up 19th February 2018
    Applications were up in the latest round of an accelerator programme for lawtech start-ups run by a London law firm, with smart contracts among technologies of particular interest, it has emerged. Six companies will win through to work with Mishcon de Reya from the “concept through to revenue-generating stage”. The post Lawtech start-up incubator closes […]
    Dan Bindman
  • “Neural network” robot lawyer plots international expansion 19th February 2018
    An online legal advice website has created an artificial intelligence-backed robot that it claims has been trained to answer questions on consumer rights law in natural language using one of the world’s largest datasets. The post “Neural network” robot lawyer plots international expansion appeared first on Legal Futures.
    Dan Bindman
  • Cry freedom: SRA wants to become separate legal entity from Law Society 16th February 2018
    Legal regulators have urged the Legal Services Board to use its review of the internal governance rules to give them greater independence from their representative bodies. The Solicitors Regulation Authority said the rewrite of the rules should allow it to become a “separate legal entity” from the Law Society. The post Cry freedom: SRA wants […]
    Nick Hilborne
  • Asons boss set for tribunal on charges including illegal referral fees and inflated costs 16th February 2018
    The principal solicitor of controversial Bolton personal injury firm Asons is to appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over multiple allegations, including the payment of illegal referral fees and false costs claims, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has confirmed. The post Asons boss set for tribunal on charges including illegal referral fees and inflated costs appeared […]
    Neil Rose
  • City partner who lied about presence of client when signing papers is struck off 16th February 2018
    A partner at a City law firm who said a client had signed documents in his presence when she was actually abroad has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. It said the solicitor had been “pushed into a corner”, taking over a conveyancing matter where completion was fixed and there was “pressure to […]
    Nick Hilborne
  • Justice by video set to become a reality 16th February 2018
    Justice by video is to become a reality after the government announced that it is to pilot video hearings for tax appeals. The head of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) said video hearings could offer lawyers “significant opportunities”. The post Justice by video set to become a reality appeared first on Legal Futures.
    Legal Futures
  • Small businesses shy away from “pricey” solicitors when facing legal problems, major survey find 15th February 2018
    Only 11% of small businesses consider solicitors to be good value for money, and most choose not to use them when faced by a legal problem, seeing them as a last resort, according to major new research. It also found that the annual cost of small businesses’ legal problems to the UK economy to be […]
    Neil Rose
  • ABS update: Clifford Chance buys would-be ABS, private client firm enters regulation, PE-backed firms expand 15th February 2018
    The plan by Carillion Advice Services to become an alternative business structure looks to be at an end after the business was bought by magic circle firm Clifford Chance. We also report on two private equity backed ABSs that have used their financial muscle to expand, and a private client firm that has decided to […]
    Neil Rose
  • Conveyancers see workloads fall for first time since 2011 15th February 2018
    Conveyancers saw their first annual drop in workload since 2011 last year, with volumes down 12% to under a million transactions, according to new research. It also found that the number of conveyancing firms has dropped by 28% over the past decade. The post Conveyancers see workloads fall for first time since 2011 appeared first […]
    Neil Rose

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