Are solicitors doing enough to prepare for GDPR?

With the May 2018 deadline fast approaching, a new report has looked into whether British businesses are doing enough to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). GDPR will replace the Data Protection Act this year, introducing tough new penalties for firms who misuse personal information or fail to proactively protect consumer data from… Read more…

Law Society predicts rapid productivity growth in legal sector

The Law Society has said that the legal sector will welcome substantial productivity growth if it embraces Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other new technologies in the years ahead. According to reports, the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales has said that the sector could potentially accelerate productivity to “twice its current rate” if… Read more…

Law Society welcomes Government move to review legal aid

The Law Society has welcomed the Government’s move to review the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) approximately four years after important cuts were made. Joe Egan, President of the Law Society has long-criticised the cuts made on 31 March 2013, which he claims have pushed legal aid out of the… Read more…

Flexible court hours scheme put on hold

A new scheme for ‘flexible court hours’ previously due to be rolled out over the next six weeks has now been put on hold by the Government, according to reports. The controversial flexible court hours scheme, which will see the crown court sit until 6pm, civil courts until 7pm, and magistrates until 8.30pm, has attracted… Read more…

Announcement: EU Financial Sanctions Regulations extend to law firms

The amended European Union Financial Sanctions Regulations 2017 came into force on 8 August, extending the law to ‘independent legal professionals’ and other ‘relevant businesses or professionals’. The regulations require financial institutions – and now law firms – to inform the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) of known or suspected financial sanctions breaches. The… Read more…