Changes to Commercial Leases After Covid-19

With many UK industries returning to business as usual, commercial tenants have been expected to do the same with payment of rent under the conditions of their commercial leases. However, with reduced profitability and continued financial insecurity, many traders are finding themselves unable or unwilling to return to regular rent payments, putting themselves as well […]

Proposed Rise to Probate Fees Receives Criticism from The Law Society

According to proposals published by the Government’s Ministry of Justice on 8th July, fees to apply for a grant of probate will increase from £215 for non-professional users and £155 for professional users to a single fee of £273 for all applicants. The Law Society of England and Wales and other members of the profession […]

The Dangers of Taking on Work Beyond the Capacity of The Firm

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has imposed a fine of £2000 on a compliance officer and manager for permitting his firm to take on work in areas of the law in which his staff lacked skills or experience. The regulatory body found that the manager of London firm SLA Solicitors, demonstrated a ‘disregard for regulatory obligations’ […]

The Future of Legal Support in the Digital Age

Last month (June 2021), The Legal Education Foundation (LEF) published a report titled ‘Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on tribunal hearings: The experience of tribunal judges’. The LEF surveyed tribunal juridical office holders who had observed remote hearings between March and July 2020 and this report provides an analysis of their experiences. The Senior President […]

Everything You Need to Know About Stamp Duty

Ordinarily, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) must be paid when property or land is purchased above a certain price in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A reduction in the levels of SDLT was introduced, however, in July 2020 in order to provide relief for buyers who suffered a loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

Is Legal Technology Here to Stay in 2021?

Following months of lockdown and with ongoing uncertainty about the future, digital technology continues to help businesses remain open. From the flexibility of home working to the use of video conferencing, companies and clients have both benefitted. But will technology be useful long term? When it comes to legal technology in particular, the innovations have […]

The Law and Lockdown during January 2021

It may be the start of a new year but once again we find ourselves in a familiar scenario with another nationwide lockdown. While the next few weeks will see many businesses put on hold once more, the legal profession and firms such as ourselves will continue working, with the appropriate adaptations. Changes to the […]

New Year Reflections: Changes to the Law and Life in 2020

New Year Reflections: Changes to the Law and Life in 2020 Whether you will look back on 2020 as a year to remember or a year to forget, the past twelve months have undoubtedly had a huge impact on our lives. The legal sector has been no exception with many adjustments being made as a […]

The Advantages of Remote Working for Businesses and Clients

The Advantages of Remote Working for Businesses and Clients   Flexible working is entirely changing the way businesses operate. Even now, as governments around the world ease lockdown restrictions, it is far from business as usual. Until recently, the perception that the best work happens in the office has prevailed, but our solicitors have found […]

Improving the Working Practices of the Legal Industry using Digital Innovations

Are digital innovations the answer to ongoing growth and success within the legal industry? A recent report co-funded by a number of businesses in the Leeds City Region suggests that it may well be so. Compiled by Whitecap Consulting over a period of six months, the report identifies the impact of digital developments on legal […]