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Ups and downs in this year's RollOnFriday Firm of the year awards.

The results of the RollOnFriday firm of the year survey show a few changes from last year. Notably last years 'Golden Turd' (bottom...

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Sheffield looks to attract big law

The economic development arm of Sheffield City Council, Creative Sheffield, has launched a campaign to encourage law firms to...

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Lord Justice Jackson with yet more fixed costs ideas...?

As Paul Nicholls suggests in the comments "I wonder if LJ Jackson would have accepted fixed costs on a brief in his day as a jobbing...

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The new apprenticeships in law is welcome news!

This autumn will see the legal doors opening for those who may not have previously had the means to pursue a career in law. 

Byfield...

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Social background should not prevent entry into the legal profession!

Good to see more and more big legal "players" backing social diversity within the profession...hopefully more will follow suit...!

City law firms are backing a unique programme to help promote diversity and social mobility in the legal profession. Baker and...…

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Merge or die?

The Law Society are suggesting that as technology evolves, existing firms will employ fewer solicitors as more of what they currently do...

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Lawyers working longer to fend off competition

Partners at law firms in the UK are expected to clocked up 263 more hours in the office this year than they did in 2014, as accountants...

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The Future of Legal Services: Law Society Report

Changes to the legal industry in the coming years bring both new opportunities and great challenges. Law firms need to be embracing these...

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Will there be a legal services version of Uber?

The short answer is "yes". There will be many other disruptive models besides. At £30bn pa the Legal Services market is too large and...

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The Legal Services Board consults on plans for the future

The Legal Services Board, the oversight regulator, has launched a consultation on its draft business plan for 2016/17. Its three...

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Top law firms almost double online content generation

77% Increase - WOW!

We are beginning to see bigger changes in the digital world for the legal industry. Firms now recognise content is...

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School Report....Can a law abolish snobbery?

Schools should definitely focus their attention on vocational training as much as higher education after all, education and exams are not...

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My not so little lawsuit

Every day each of us using a computer, consciously or otherwise, selects a font for our typed word. More often than not, I would imagine,...

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The after effect of growing too rapidly?

Is this the beginning of something more serious or is it simply as a result of reforms within the sector....only time will tell I suppose!

Listed Australian firm Slater and Gordon is consulting with 51 staff in two different offices with a view to possible redundancies, the...…

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Wragge sets female partnership target

Good to see another major law firm committing to increased diversity in their partnership!

International firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has become the latest major law firm to set a target figure for women in the partnership. ...…

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'Huge’ court fees deterring claims, says top judge

And so it comes to pass... 

We all saw this coming when the outrageous increase in court fees was announced.  We used to be proud of...

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I can CCTV you!

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner recently updated its guidance on the use of CCTV in the workplace. The new guidance puts a higher...

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Senior judges lambast government over court fees

Will the government ever listen?

Deep divisions between the government and judiciary over court fees increases were today laid bare through a rare barrage of public...…

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6 Top Marketing Tips for Lawyers in 2016

A refreshing read from a law firms perspective, all of these should hit home for alot of law firms. 

We're now 4 working weeks into 2016, which means it's just about the time when you've caught up on all your Christmas emails ......…

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Solicitor who made “conscious choice to prop up her practice with client funds” is struck off

How many more stories are we going to hear of solicitors using client funds, to "fund their practice" Law firms at the end of the day are...

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Survey results suggest SRA training shakeup will hit the solicitor brand

As the saying goes, "there is no substitute for experience," therefore I am sure nobody will be surprised to hear that fellow solicitors...

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Partners' hours increase; overall hours decrease

Partners in law firms are now spending more hours in the office than previous years. Pressure placed upon fee-earning and business...

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Consider these 11 points on your way to a good Monday....

11 Tweaks to Your Morning Routine Will Make Your Entire Day More Productive

How you start your day has a huge impact on your energy and self-control. Dr. Travis Bradberry provides 11 great ways to break bad habits...…

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Whistleblower paid £137k by Balfour Beatty after claiming he was 'bullied' out of his job

While this is a UK case it reminds us of the significant protections now afforded in Ireland in whistleblower cases under the Protected...

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Interesting points on entry routes and old school stereotypes...

Some interesting points made by a variety of legal personnel on entry barriers and stereotypes....

How can aspiring solicitors gain a foothold in a profession that is perceived as elitist and how can legal employers change that...…

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Residential Conveyancing work in 2016 "Steady as she goes"

According to Nick Dyoss of tmgroup work volumes of residential conveyancing for 2016 are likely to be similar to that seen in 2015.

When trying to predict the coming year, it is often best to look at the past and presume it will be the same. Not a particularly...…

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Lessons in new media

The Times The Brief today discusses law firm websites and, more specifically, who visits them.  Other law firms it seems. 

The conclusion...

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210,000 Legal Professionals and growing

Using LinkedIn to further connections and networking can, when done right, can be a huge benefit for Lawyers. Met someone interesting at...

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'Hounded by lawyers'

Hopefully those lawyers trying to make a quick "buck" on the back of our loyal servicemen and woman will begin to see the light...

Mr Cameron has previously said he feared people were being "solicited by lawyers" enticing them into making accusations, and was...…

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MoJ denies legal aid contract U-turn

Does this mean further delays for firms who are waiting on their rejected proposals? 

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it will continue to fight challenges to the tender process for new criminal legal aid...…

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The firms which hire the most (or least) number of trainees from their paralegals

Some interesting results within the research. It raises the question of whether it is worth simply becoming a paralegal to get your foot...

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Evidently the grass is not always greener....

As LV announce they will be entering the market the AA announce they will be leaving it, maybe insurers should stick to what they are...

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Is artificial intelligence going to steal your job?

It is clear that technology has developed and continues to develop at a rapid pace. However the threat of artificial intelligence to...

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Have fewer meetings and make meetings worthwhile

Lawyers spend a lot of their life in things they call meetings.

Law firm managers even more so.

Part of the problem is the wide variety of...

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Further government backed solicitor bashing...

Following on from the proposals to implement, lawyerless, online courts - the government are supporting the introduction of a lower...

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7 London Meetups to help you innovate

If you are based in London, then you are blessed with an abundance of choice when it comes to networking opportunities and events. As we...

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Stonewall Top 100

The legal sector takes quite a knocking when it comes to diversity and gender equality.  So Stonewall's annual report of LGB friendly...

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In the Matter of D...adoption

The latest chapter in this sad story...Munby P's judgment in the long running case of re D and whether his parents are able to care for...

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Managers - keep your comments on pregnancy to yourselves!

It's amazing that some managers are still not educated on employment equality and the effect that their comments can have when it comes...

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Lawsourcing - social media and legal disputes

The court of public opinion has always played a major role in litigation.  Major court battles, whether between corporates or families,...

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DIY legal site experiments with ‘robot’ lawyer

Legal Artificial Intelligence...for free, how does the SRA monitor this type of help? and how do you measure the quality of service? 

A student who set up a DIY website to help consumers challenge parking tickets, and claim compensation for delayed travel or missold PPI,...…

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Outsourcing is Key to Success

All businesses should outsource activities which are not key to the brand and not core activities.

What those are will be different for...

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First is not always Best

Here is the opportunity for existing law firms. New entrants and the accountants are trying out different products and pricing but the...

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Looming challenge for regulators and policymakers

Captivating report by Cicero Group and Chartered Insurance Institute. Worth reading. 

Over time computers will autonomously undertake complex tasks that would previously have been the preserve of highly trained...…

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Is Big Brother watching you? Are you Big Brother?

The recent case in the European Court of Human Rights upholding a Romanian employer's right to use personal electronic communications as...

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Legal Services 2016

Our Legal Services 2016 event last November looked to predict what could happen this year in the legal industry. 

Expert presenters...

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Does the Lawyer bashing need to continue?

In an industry which has already been hit by government reform is there any need for further reform?

Lawyerless, online courts....whatever...

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Is nothing sacred at work?

As an employment lawyer and one that regularly works with technology businesses I am constantly amazed at the things individuals think...

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Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall announce their engagement

This will be the fourth marriage for Mr Murdoch and the first marriage for Miss Hall, although she was in a relationship with singer Sir...

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Solicitor admits breaking professional rules to help get murderer convicted

An interesting read and quite a dilema, I wonder if other criminal lawyers would take the same route for the right side of justice? 

A former partner in a criminal law firm has described how he deliberately broke professional rules to get a murderer convicted.

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More than just a name change

The rather stern-sounding Office for the Harmonisation of the Internal Market will soon be changing its name to the more descriptive, if...

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LV= create a legal offering, but not an ABS.

Interesting move by Liverpool Victoria. Other insurers moving towards the legal market use the ABS route. LV='s entry into the market is...

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A New Year and a new offering of legal services

The announcement this week by LV, the insurance company, of the launch of a new online legal service is an interesting development in the...

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Crisis management and law firms

Lawyers and PR professionals work hand in hand when a crisis hits a major corporate.  But crisis planning to protect a legal business is,...

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Should Mum or Dad stay at home?

Fathers in Sweden are given far longer paternity times than the rest of Europe. A hot topic of late, and something which should slowly...

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Divorce Day - PR and family law teams

The first working Monday in the New Year is known as 'divorce day' - the day when divorce lawyers see a massive spike in new enquires. ...

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McDermott leads pack for top job at under-fire FCA

TRACEY McDERMOTT, acting chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, has emerged as frontrunner to take the top job at the City...…

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