Birmingham law firm forum, with bonanza prize draw

News Article - 09/10/2013 : birmingham, colmore bar & grill, law firm forum, legal support network, Linetime, LSN, wragge & co, Community

LSN travelled to the UK’s second largest city Birmingham for an evening of networking on 2 October 2013 and a great time...

QualitySolicitors urges TV viewers to love lawyers

News Article - 08/10/2013 : advertising, digital marketing, marketing, Quality Solicitors, Slater & Gordon, tv campaign, Marketing & BD, Community

The next stage of QualitySolicitors’ (QS) latest advertising campaign to persuade the public to love lawyers went live yesterday with a series of television adverts.

Following on from press and digital advertising last month, the...

Number of women on FTSE 100 boards rising, figures show

News Article - 08/10/2013 : board members, diversity, equality, female, ftse, human resources, people management, Human Resources, Community

The proportion of women on the boards of the UK’s top companies has risen to 19 per cent, according to latest figures.

This marks an increase from 17.4 per cent in May and showed promising progress, said business secretary Vince...

Legal aid cuts trigger 47 per cent drop in family mediation

News Article - 03/10/2013 : family law, family lawyers, freedom of information, legal aid, legal aid cuts, ministry of justice, Practice Management, Community

Legal aid cuts have triggered a dramatic drop in the number of divorcing couples opting for mediation, according to the latest government figures.

Judicial guidance requires couples contemplating a divorce to consider mediation before...

The Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law awards 2013

News Article - 02/10/2013 : case management software, cms, eclipse, legal it, modern law awards, proclaim, Technology, Technology, Community

The Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards, hosted by Gyles Brandreth, took place on the 25th September at the Dorchester Hotel London with over 400 guests in attendance.

Eclipse is the proud headline sponsor of these exclusive new awards...

Eversheds launches pan-African strategy with plans to reopen in South Africa

News Article - 02/10/2013 : africa, african law institute, eali, eversheds, expansion, south africa, The Lawyer, training, Finance, Human Resources, Practice Management, Community

Eversheds has unveiled a new pan-African strategy which will see the firm move back into South Africa and launch offices in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia.

The firm has also launched the Eversheds African Law Institute (EALI), signing...

One thousand firms could close by Christmas

News Article - 30/09/2013 : balva, chancery pii, Finance, indemnity insurance, law society, legal risk, solicitors journal, Finance, Practice Management, Community

Up to 1,000 firms unable to secure indemnity insurance in the wake of the Berliner wind-down could be forced to close before the end of the year, a compliance expert has predicted.

"By Christmas, there will be significantly fewer law...

BLP confirms 40 per cent cut in profit for 2012/13

News Article - 30/09/2013 : berwin leighton paisner, blp, clyde & co, Finance, pep, profit, profit per equity partner, Finance, Community

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has unveiled its 2012/13 profit figures, revealing a 39 per cent drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and a 38 per cent drop in net profit.

In what has amounted to one of the worst-kept secrets in...

Number of smaller law firms on financial precipice soars

News Article - 30/09/2013 : begbies traynor, Finance, legal futures, pii, small and medium sized firms, sme, Finance, Community

The number of small and medium-sized law firms in financial distress is has soared to nearly a quarter of the profession, while one in eight has gone out of business in the last year, according to new figures.

It means that the change in...

Capita steps into legal market through planned Optima acquisition

News Article - 27/09/2013 : ABS, acquisition, alternative business structure, capita, legal services, optima, solicitors regulation authority, SRA, Finance, Community

Capita is to enter into the legal market through the acquisition of volume outfit Optima Legal Services, three years after the SRA ordered the firm to sever its relationship with the outsourcing giant.

The SRA is yet to approve the planned...

Recommind sponsors 2013 FT Innovative Lawyers awards

News Article - 27/09/2013 : analysis, data management, dispute resolution, ft, governance, innovative lawyers, legal expertise, natural history museum, Recommind, rsg consulting, Technology, Practice Management, Community

Recommind, the leader in unstructured data management, analysis and governance technology, announced today that it is sponsoring the ‘legal expertise: dispute resolution’ category at this year’s FT Innovative Lawyers Awards....

MoFo snaps up Hogan Lovells' Berlin office for Germany launch

News Article - 24/09/2013 : berlin, departures, expansion, germany, hogan lovells, mofo, morrison foerster, Singapore, Finance, Human Resources, Practice Management, Community

Hogan Lovells is understood to be losing its entire Berlin office to Morrison Foerster (MoFo), marking the most recent raid on its technology and media team.

Nine partners including leading M&A lawyer and BskyB adviser Christoph Wagner...

Up to 100 other 'Challinors' at risk of collapse

News Article - 24/09/2013 : Challinors, Finance, solicitors regulation authority, SRA, stability, Finance, Practice Management, Community

Naivety and over-dominant senior partners most frequent causes of financial failure

Five per cent of firms contacted as part of the Solicitors regulation Authority's financial stability programme have shown indicators serious enough to...

Clydes knocks BLP out of UK200 top 15 corporate table as revenues leap by a third

News Article - 23/09/2013 : berwin leighton paisner, blp, clydes, corporate table, equity capital, m&a, private equity, top 200, Finance, Community

Clyde & Co increased its corporate turnover by a third during 2012/13, with the group generating revenues of £70.7m over the financial year.

It is significant growth for the firm, which has traditionally placed emphasis on its...

Edmonds challenges profession to throw away its regulatory rule books

News Article - 23/09/2013 : edmonds, Legal Services Act, legal services board, LSB, regulation, regulatory body, rule-based, solicitors regulation authority, Practice Management, Community

Legal Services Board chair discusses his master plan for a single legal regulator, the failings of a rule-based approach and his ideas for a Royal College of Advocacy

It is only one step from the proposal that there should be a single...