Month: September 2021

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Ransomware attacks up by 518% in the last year

Cybercriminals are becoming more aggressive, a recent report reveals. The report shows that cybercrime gangs are using even more sophisticated ransomware to extort millions from firms across the UK. The average ransomware demand has also increased by 518% from $847,000 in 2020, to around $5.3 million in 2021, with the highest single demand sitting at […]Read More

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Report maps out route to sustainable growth for law firms

A new report from legal software specialist, Access Legal, has identified three key priorities law firms need to consider to achieve commercial success post-pandemic. Whether law firms look to grow or consolidate their position in the market, Access Legal’s report, How Can Firms Achieve Commercial Success in the Post-Pandemic World?, provides insights around sustainable costs […]Read More

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Online Divorce – an update

In July HMCTS confirmed that the use of its online divorce portal will be made mandatory for legal representatives from 13 September 2021 (although it will remain possible for some types of application to be made on paper). This follows from it becoming mandatory last August to file financial remedy applications for consent orders online […]Read More

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Future of Legal Ombudsman hangs in balance

Meetings between the Government and regulators are set to discuss potential changes to the current redress structure, if the performance of Legal Ombudsman services does not improve. The LSB will hear initial feedback on whether the failing Legal Ombudsman has made efforts to improve its performance next month. This comes following a 13% budget increase […]Read More

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Family Court fees to increase this month

Following a consultation into court costs earlier this year, fees will increase from the end of this month. The costs of some Family Court applications are set to increase, in line with inflation, following the introduction of the Court Fees (Miscellaneous Amendment) Order on 30 September 2021. For divorce and financial proceedings such as a […]Read More

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MoJ to investigate standardisation of e-signatures

An Industry Working Group of experts has been formed to improve standards, reliability and security in electronic signatures. The Ministry of Justice has published details of a newly-formed Industry Working Group of experts that aims to improve standards, reliability and security in electronic signatures and other means of legally executing documents. The group was created […]Read More

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Work to be done on supervision of AML regime

The Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS) has released its latest report on progress made in tackling money laundering by regulators over the past year. While this year’s report acknowledges that professional body supervisors (PBSs) within the accountancy and legal sectors have improved, it highlights differing levels of achievement and “significant weaknesses in […]Read More

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Government announces increases to emergency cost limit for civil legal

Cost limit increases for emergency civil legal aid certificates came in to effect on 13 September 2021, but certificates for investigative representations are excluded. The government has increased the cost limit for emergency civil legal aid certificates affecting the work areas of full representation and family help (higher). Emergency civil legal aid certificates will now […]Read More

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