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Parties to litigation in the civil courts need more guidance about what constitutes an "appropriate" costs budget and the consequences of not meeting the requirements of the new costs management regime.
Criminal barristers are poised to take 'action' to grind the courts to a 'standstill' over planned cuts to legal aid.
The co-founder of PayPal has invested in a start-up that aims to help clients find lawyers and then collaborate with them through an online platform – and is targeting the UK in the next few months.
Five per cent of firms contacted as part of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's financial stability programme have shown indicators serious enough to warrant action, it has emerged, including, in one case, a shortage of more than £500,000.
The Legal Services Board has said there is no evidence of an oversupply of lawyers in the market and proposed introducing 'fewer restrictions to the way that people are able to qualify'.
An organisation's documents must be made available to other parties in litigation, unless they are protected from disclosure because they relate to the litigation process itself or to legal advice that should remain secret.
The Bar Council has called for the creation of a College of Regulators to replace the Legal Services Board, rejecting along the way suggestions for a single legal regulator.
The SRA has identified at least 1,200 firms – more than 10% of the total number – with evidence of financial difficulty after a mass survey of at-risk sectors.
Pattinson & Brewer and Beecham Peacock have created a joint venture that widens both firms' offering to trade unions. Lawyers 4 Unions – which is styled as 'Pattinson Brewer in association with Beecham Peacock' – was launched at the annual Trades Union Congress in Bournemouth.
The global co-chairman of the world's largest law firm, DLA Piper's Tony Angel, is targeting significant growth in China and Asia along with potential expansion to other emerging economies such as Africa and South America over the next decade.
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