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Blockchain contract – a first for conveyancing firm - October 18, 2017
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An online conveyancer has claimed that it has completed the first digital property exchange using blockchain contracts. Wiltshire-based Clicktopurchase.com claims that it was able to help a client progress from initial marketing to a verified online exchange within just seven days. According to the firm, the buyer’s offer was submitted on 5 October and the … Continue reading Blockchain contract – a first for conveyancing firm


GDPR – helping your clients to get up to speed with new regulations - October 18, 2017
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The clock is ticking – from 25 May 2018, businesses across the UK will come under the net of new data protection rules, which if ignored could lead to significant fines and sanctions. GDPR and its implications have been largely unreported by the media. Despite the fact that in less than seven months, UK businesses … Continue reading GDPR – helping your clients to get up to speed with new regulations


MPs call on Government to protect rights of genuine PI claimants - October 18, 2017
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Conservative MPs are calling on the Government to protect the rights of genuine personal injury claimants and has warned that they could lose out if there is a knee jerk reaction to abuses in the personal injury market. Chairman of the justice select committee, Bob Neill, has also called on the Solicitors Regulation Authority to … Continue reading MPs call on Government to protect rights of genuine PI claimants


Piano treasure hoard – couple’s grand gesture leaves them penniless - June 27, 2017
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The highly-contested ownership of a treasure hoard, valued at a quarter of a million pounds, has been decided by a Coroner in Shropshire. The hoard of 913 gold coins dating back to the 19th century – the biggest ever found in Britain – was discovered by piano tuner, Martin Backhouse during a routine inspection of … Continue reading Piano treasure hoard – couple’s grand gesture leaves them penniless


Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme ‘an abuse of power’ – tribunal rules - June 27, 2017
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A Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ruled that The Law Society “abused its dominant position” in forcing thousands of law firms to train through its widely-recognised Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). The news comes after claimants raised concerns that the that the Law Society’s requirement for more than 3,000 firms to ‘purchase’ anti-money laundering (AML) and … Continue reading Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme ‘an abuse of power’ – tribunal rules


Legal Aid should come before solicitors’ financial viability – Law Society - June 27, 2017
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The Law Society has reminded legal aid solicitors who specialise in criminal law that they can exercise discretion when it comes to accepting cases. The Society, which regulates law firms in England and Wales, said such solicitors have no obligation to take work if it would threaten the viability of their firm. While legal aid … Continue reading Legal Aid should come before solicitors’ financial viability – Law Society


Cross party group of MPs call for Tribunal fee reforms - May 26, 2017
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A Parliamentary report entitled Human Rights and Business 2017, has called for an imminent reduction to Tribunal fees. Although the report, which was published in April has been put on hold following news of a snap General Election to be held in June, the proposals are likely to be considered by the next Government. The … Continue reading Cross party group of MPs call for Tribunal fee reforms


Why solicitors cannot afford to be complacent about cyber security - May 26, 2017
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Around one in four legal firms have experienced a cyber-attack, according to a new survey published by NatWest. Researchers who conducted the annual Benchmarking Survey on behalf of the bank, found that of the 269 law firms who responded to the survey, a quarter had fallen victim to attacks by cyber criminals. The legal sector … Continue reading Why solicitors cannot afford to be complacent about cyber security


Sharp rise in cost of Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal prosecutions, report finds - May 26, 2017
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The latest annual report of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) suggests that the costs incurred by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) associated with prosecuting lawyers on account of rule breaches has risen significantly in the past year. According to the study, costs of more than £3m were awarded to the SRA last calendar year, up … Continue reading Sharp rise in cost of Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal prosecutions, report finds


Probate fee increase put on hold as MoJ runs out of time - April 27, 2017
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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has stated that it has run out of time to push through legislation which would have seen a massive increase in probate fees introduced in May. Fees had been due to increase, significantly in many cases, with a fixed fee of £155 (for those applying through a solicitor) being replaced … Continue reading Probate fee increase put on hold as MoJ runs out of time


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