Reinvent Law London 2013

What better subject could there be for a blog called Troubleahead? This is the link to my review of last month’s Reinvent Law conference in London, published in the excellent Internet Newsletter for Lawyers”

What is the Future of Commercial Litigation Funding?

Guest Post There have been many changes in commercial litigation over the years. However, one thing remains coherent and that is money. The corporate field will always be risk-riddled and a pricey activity. It can cost millions of pounds to pursue a case and settlements can take several years to achieve. It costs money to […]

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How Medical Negligence Claims Work

  Falling ill or suffering from some kind of medical condition is one of the most unpleasant and stressful things which can befall an individual. There’s a reason why sayings along the lines of ‘As long as you’ve got your health, that’s all that counts’ have become such well-worn clichés and the reason, as anyone […]

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First ABSs Announced: Calm Down Dear

  Yesterday the SRA revealed the first three Alternative Business Structures (ABS) to be licensed by it.  Legal Futures carried a report on it.  The three are Co-Op Legal Services (no surprise there then), John Welch and Stammers, a high street firm in Oxfordshire and Lawbridge Solicitors Limited, a Sidcup based solo based firm of solicitors. […]

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Quality Solicitors?

The only stat you’ll ever need … Why?   That is the horrifyingly large number of people who “would actively not engage the law firm or provider and would tell others not to engage them as well”, according to a mystery shopping survey by CXINLAW. In other words, 45% or nearly one in two telephone […]

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Why Do Lawyers Hate Technology?

The myth that lawyers hate technology came up in a webinar in which I was involved recently. It was titled “New Thinking in Legal Services” and was organised by Jon Busby of Epoq and I was invited along to contribute together with solicitor Sally Holdway of legal consultancy Legal Edge. It was a wide ranging […]

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The Future of Legal Technology

Last Thursday I went to NetLaw Media’s “Legal Futures 2012 The Future of Legal Technology” conference chaired by legal IT guru Charles Christian.   Brian Inkster’s The Time Blawg has a very full discussion of the whole event – click here to read it.  I won’t reinvent the wheel by repeating what Brian has written about […]

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Worth the Wait?

Today is the day when, finally, more than four years after the Legal Services Act received Royal Assent, the SRA started accepting applications for Alternative Business Structures (ABS), thus meaning we’re on the cusp of a possible “titanic battle for the hearts and minds of potential customers” as the new style legal businesses jump into […]

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The Cost of Compliance?

  Last month the Law Society published the outcome of a survey it had conducted amongst small firms, which claimed that 1 in 10 small practices were planning to close down because of the cost of complying with the regulatory regime contained in the new Solicitors’ Handbook, commonly known as “Outcomes Focused Regulation” (OFR) would […]

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CoreLegal Seminar on OFR

Sponsored Post OUTCOMES-FOCUSED REGULATION SEMINAR TO BE HELD BY CORELEGAL     London’s leading one-stop shop for legal support services, CoreLegal, has come together with two of the leading speakers in their field to stage a half-day CPD seminar, which takes as its subject the highly topical question of ‘Outcomes-Focused Regulation’ (OFR).   CoreLegal is […]

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