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6 simple ways law firms can use Live Chat

We detail 6 different ways that law firms can use the chat tool on their websites to benefit the visitor (and potential client), and in turn benefit the firm.

Sleep-in shifts not counted towards National Minimum Wage

Last week the Supreme Court decided to dismiss the latest appeal in the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake case and confirmed that time spent sleeping on site during a sleep-in shift will not count towards a care worker’s National Minimum Wage (NMW).

ESG in the social housing sector

In this podcast, Debra Cooper, Banking & Finance partner at Shoosmiths, chats with Marcos Navarro, a Director and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Lead on the Housing Finance Team at NatWest, about their commitment to the social housing sector and why ESG is so important to them.


Chris Grierson

Ex-Hogan Lovells partner struck off for £1.27m fraud

Former Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Grierson has been struck off the solicitors’ roll, after pleading guilty earlier this year to defrauding the firm of £1.27m. Grierson was struck off by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) yesterday (31 October) and ordered to pay costs of £14,000. He did not attend the hearing. In May he was […]

Mukhtar Ablyazov

Addleshaws client Ablyazov debarred from defending $6bn claim

Addleshaw Goddard client Muktar Ablyazov has been debarred from defending claims totalling $6bn against him after the Court of Appeal (CoA) ruled that he could not overturn a committal order against him. Addleshaw partners Ian Hargreaves and Richard Leedham instructed 20 Essex Street’s Duncan Matthews QC and Charles Béar QC of Fountain Court to lead […]

Osborne Clarke hires YouView legal head

Osborne Clarke has turned to digital TV provider YouView for a hire in its digital business group, bringing aboard legal chief John Davidson-Kelly. Davidson-Kelly, who has been head of legal at YouView since 2010, joined the Bristol firm as a partner in its London office yesterday (1 November), with his move following the launch of […]

New Multi-media Directory provides Marketing Platform for the High Street Legal Practice

LawPlayer, a full services digital marketing company, have launched a national multi-media directory for the legal sector. has been created to provide a marketing platform for independent legal providers across the country. A high street law ‘shop window’ facility without price comparison. The introduction of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) presents a real threat to […]


You might not have expected the legal profession to lean to the left, but in this year’s US presidential election lawyers donated more than twice as much to Democrat – and incumbent – Barack Obama than to his Republican rival Mitt Romney. Perhaps it’s because lawyers recognised so much of themselves in Obama. After all, […]

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