Law Society welcomes statement on digital assets and English Insolvency

The Law Society of England and Wales  has responded to the statement on digital assets and English insolvency law published by the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce. In October 2023, the UK’s Jurisdiction Taskforce (UKJT), which is made up of senior judges, lawyers, a law commissioner, and the Financial Conduct Authority as an observer, issued a consultation […]

the Legal Aid Agency is continuing to meet and exceed targets

The Law Society has warned that civil and criminal legal aid face significant challenges to their long-term sustainability, as the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) holds an oral evidence session today. In response to the PAC’s inquiry on Value for Money from Legal Aid*, the Law Society recommends: The UK government immediately invest £11.3m in civil […]

Law Society expresses ‘anger’ at delayed Legal aid means test change

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The Law Society of England and Wales has expressed ‘anger’ at changes to the legal aid means test being delayed until 2026, which they say ‘shows the UK government is continuing to refuse to commit resources to the justice system’. The legal aid means test has not been updated in line with inflation since 2009. […]

New Kinship report highlights risk of kinship children entering the care system

Kinship’s latest report published on 2nd October 2023 finds the nation’s kinship carers at financial breaking point. 12% of those surveyed reporting that they might be forced to stop caring for their kinship child within the next year. Breaking point: kinship carers in crisis is the first report in Kinship’s 2023 annual survey series. The […]

Customisation in Legal Case Management Software: The Key to Law Firm Success

In today’s competitive legal landscape, law firms face numerous challenges, including increasing caseloads, growing client expectations, and evolving regulatory requirements. To stay ahead, law firms need efficient and effective tools to manage their cases and streamline their operations. Legal case management software has become a critical tool for modern law firms, but not all software […]

Save the date: Inaugural Today’s Family Lawyer Conference

TODAY'S FAMILY LAWYER CONFERENCE

Today’s Family Lawyer is thrilled to announce its Inaugural Family Law Conference, a must-attend event for professionals in the private family law field. Set to be held in Manchester on Wednesday 27th September 2023, this comprehensive conference will delve into crucial aspects of private family law, including financial remedies, “One lawyer, two client”, mediation, and […]

Vaultinum | maximising your investment potential: Why a tech health check is a must

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March 22 11:00 – 12:00| FREE With more tension on the market these days, investors are exercising greater scrutiny over deals with a particular focus on the technology. However, greater scrutiny doesn’t mean no risks; it means being aware of them and having a plan. If you’re a company preparing for an investment, fundraising or […]

Guidance tackling common mistakes in aftercare of mental health in-patients published

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) have released new guidance to tackle common and repeated mistakes seen in the aftercare of patients receiving support under the Mental Health Act.  PHSO and LGSCO work together on complaints that involve both health and social care bodies. The […]

How to assess new legaltech for your family law firm

Implementing the right technology can be a gamechanger for how family law firms work—but with so many technology solutions on offer, all promising big benefits, how do you decide what the “right” option is for your firm? At Clio, we’ve narrowed this down to a three-step process, which you can use to assess any new […]

Case study: 5 reasons this firm uses Clio for case management

When it comes to choosing a case management software for your law firm, Clio knows that your time is precious and that every firm’s needs are unique. That’s certainly the case for one Middlesbrough firm, the Immigration Advice Centre. They switched to Clio after first trying a variety of software solutions to manage their caseloads […]

Three ways automation can improve law firm operations

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Legal administrative work is crucial to running a successful firm, but it is something law firms can struggle with. For many law firm staff, the processes at their firm make admin time-consuming and tedious, and can pull their focus from building the firm. That is where task and workflow automation comes in. Automation can make […]

Five online marketing tools your firm can use to attract more clients

Online marketing for law firms has become a hot topic—and a highly competitive space—over the past decade. That is because, more than ever before, people are turning to the internet to seek legal help and find a lawyer. If you want to have any chance of succeeding in today’s legal world, you need to have […]

3 Key Law Firm Trends for 2022 and 3 Key Legal Client Trends

There’s no doubt that the past two years have sparked an unprecedented level of change in both our personal and professional lives—and crucially, in how family lawyers run their family law firms. The question that should be on every family law firm’s mind is, what’s next? Practice management software company Clio can give some insight […]

How to set your family law firm up for success in 2022

At this time of year, law firms around the country are busy strategising and implementing plans for the coming 12 months. Forward-planning is a crucial part of a firm’s success, but it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we at Clio have devised a two-step process, based on research from our […]

Submission process updated for inquest funding

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The Legal Aid Agency have updated CCMS to accept means free submissions so you will no longer need to email your applications using form CIV ECF2 (INQ). Exceptional case funding (ECF) applications for inquest cases can now be applied for through the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS). What does this mean for providers? The […]

SRA quietly announces delay to SQE students’ qualification

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have surreptitiously announced that some SQE students’ qualification will be delayed by seven months. The announcement was made during a Q&A webinar regarding the results of the first batch of exams, with no formal announcement either before or since. Students who take their first exam (SQE1) in July 2022 will […]

Major UK law firm becomes first to accept payments in cryptocurrency

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gunnercooke has announced it is now accepting payment for legal and professional services via cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum and Bitcoin, in a move believed to be the first for a major law firm in the UK. Such payments are being accepted in a growing number of professional industries, but there are currently no major players […]

New online service will accompany changes to divorce law

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A new online service for applying for a divorce will be available from 6 April 2022. Couples must apply under the current law by 31st March 2022 or wait for the changes to come into force. Changes to divorce law The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 reforms the legal requirements and process for divorce. […]

Ombudsman to reduce time limit for complaints

The Legal Ombudsman has launched a consultation on proposals to reduce the timeframe in which clients can make complaints about solicitors. Currently complaints are permitted within six years of a mistake, or within three years of discovering a problem that may require investigation. Under new proposals these timeframes would be reduced to just one year. […]