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Why trust is the key to success in legaltech

The SRA recently published its Technology and Innovation in Legal Services report. One key feature was improving user trust in legal technology. It’s much more important that you’d think.

“Fire Safety Form” requirements now in force

Following Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into the Grenfell Tower disaster, the so-called “Planning Gateway One” is now in force. This is one of three gateways, or checks and balances, to regulate the life of a higher-risk building.

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The rights stuff

Victoria Prais travelled to Armenia to train newly qualified judges on the ins and outs of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights – and found encouraging signs that the legislation is making an impact. In June this year I was invited by the Council of Europe to train Armenian judges in criminal […]

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Blake Lapthorn in consultation to lay off 43 staff

Blake Lapthorn has announced a redundancy consultation with 43 ­members of staff across both fee-earning and non-fee-earning roles. Blake Lapthorn in consultation to lay off 43 staff” />Blake ;Lapthorn ;has announced a redundancy consultation ;with ;43 ­members of staff across both fee-earning and non-fee-earning roles. Senior partner Jonathan Lloyd-Jones ;said ;the ­consultation would affect “a number of areas, ranging […]

A&O, Shearman to merge?

A&O, Shearman to merge?03 October 2008 Allen & Overy in talks with Shearman & Sterling? We’re only asking.The rumours in New York are beginning to mount. Allen & Overy in talks with Shearman & Sterling? We’re only asking. The rumours in New York are beginning to mount. Shearman sources deny it, though another source close […]

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Small firms suffer as legal insurers refuse to underwrite in current climate

Following five consecutive years of falling rates, lawyers have been shocked to find that professional indemnity (PI) insurance rates have doubled for the 2009 renewal season. ­Hardest hit are those already facing a myriad of economic challenges: small firms, sole practitioners and conveyancing practices. For the past month firms have been scrabbling to get cover […]

Winning lines

Awards ceremonies are difficult to deal with for the losers, but ­sometimes even harder for the winners – especially if you’re a barrister. All that pressure to come up with a speech that does your ­oratorical skills justice can sometimes prove too much. The perfect acceptance speech is short, funny and, most importantly, not embarrassing […]

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