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Excuses, excuses - 17 Feb, 2016

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has revealed the worst excuses it has heard over the previous year from people filing late tax returns. The list, which was released ahead of the 31 January deadline for…

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Drop in big firms’ transactions - 12 Oct, 2015

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The top 50 UK law firms have experienced a drop in the number of completed business deals, according to figures. The Law Society’s latest City Legal Index, published in partnership with Legal Monitor,…

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Lack of advice for law firms’ retiring partners - 12 Oct, 2015

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New research suggests only a small number of large law firms are providing structured retirement advice for their partners, in stark contrast to big accountancy firms. “For partners, the culture within…

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Fee hike risk to lawyers’ client lists - 12 Oct, 2015

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The Law Society has restated its fears over higher fees for divorce claims, saying they effectively ‘price out’ ordinary people. In turn, the situation fuels concern that a vital income stream for…

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Five per cent rise in solicitors’ salaries - 12 Oct, 2015

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Salaries in the legal sector have increased by five per cent on average during the last year, according to new research by The Lawyer. Its study found that 72.4 per cent of solicitors in the UK received…

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Regulatory load set to be lifted - 19 Jun, 2015

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is seeking views on new proposals designed to reduce the regulatory burden on law firms. Under the SRA Regulatory Reform programme launched last year, changes…

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Expert help with Lexcel on hand - 17 Jun, 2015

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The Law Society’s latest version of its Lexcel accreditation scheme has now taken effect. From 1 May 2015, all assessments for accreditation or reaccreditation of practices and in-house legal departments…

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SRA ‘levels playing field’ for law firms - 15 Jun, 2015

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has moved to “level the playing field” for how law firms operate. Changes to the Separate Business Rule – which mean that solicitors will be able to own…

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HMRC set to step up tax crackdown on solicitors - 12 Jun, 2015

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The deadline has now passed for solicitors targeted by an HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) campaign to pay any tax they owed. The Solicitors’ Tax Campaign, which was launched on 8 December, was the latest…

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Tax collection drive ‘targeting professionals’ - 30 Mar, 2015

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New research suggests that more professionals, like solicitors, and entrepreneurs are coming under the scrutiny of specialist units at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), which could increase the chance of…

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