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Parliament approves ICAEW as probate and ABS regulator

Parliament has confirmed that the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) will operate as a regulator of probate services and alternative business structures (ABSs) from September.

15 Aug 2014 | 14:25 | secure

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inner image Hong Kong lawyers prepare to vote on fate of Law Society chief

Hong Kong Law Society president Ambrose Lam faces a vote of no confidence tomorrow night after he reportedly voiced support for a recently issued Beijing White Paper.

13 Aug 2014 | 00:05 | secure

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Professional services leader EY has made another play in the legal market with the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Richard Norbruis.

03 Jun 2014 | 12:56 | secure

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New year, new law – the most popular Legal Week Law briefings from Q1 2014

New law, future law, tomorrow's law – whatever your opinion on the buzzwords and faddish phrases regularly bandied about by prognosticators and futurologists, most within the profession are in agreement that the downturn has ushered in a new era for...

28 Apr 2014 | 14:25 | secure

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RBS survey finds outsourcing and consolidation to rise as firms adapt to new legal market

More than 30% of law firms plan to increase their non-fee earner headcount over the next year , according to new research from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

27 Mar 2014 | 09:00 | secure

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HMRC to press on with LLP tax changes

Partners at limited liability partnership law firms will have to comply with one of three tests in order to satisfy the tax authorities they should not be treated as employees, new guidance shows.

24 Feb 2014 | 14:23 | secure

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The burning issue – examining the implications of the European Unified Patent System

With the European Unified Patent System only six months away, Legal Week Intelligence analyses the findings of its latest study into the new system's implications

25 Oct 2013 | 00:00

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Hong Kong eyes Tesco law as Law Society mulls UK-style ABS reforms

Law firms in Hong Kong may soon be permitted to operate as alternative business structures (ABS) under reforms similar to those that have transformed the UK legal market. The Hong Kong Law Society is currently studying the ABS model, which in the U...

13 Sep 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Benchmarker report: cyber crime

With the threat of online crime rising - as well as the fear among law firms - Legal Week Intelligence takes an in-depth look at the problems and solutions to computer hacking

03 May 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Risk and compliance

With risk and compliance policies on the forefront of companies' minds, many are taking steps to make sure they comply with new rules or face penalties. Helen Mooney and Caroline Hill look at the steps many businesses are taking

03 May 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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US-style plea bargains draw nearer as bill receives royal assent

Laws which will pave the way for deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) in England and Wales have been given Royal Assent. Schedule 16 of the Crime and Courts Bill, which was passed into law last week (25 April), contains provisions for a prosecuto...

01 May 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Legal Week Law - quarterly peer review

A round-up of the best legal briefings in Legal Week Law from the past three months

26 Apr 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Media regulation reforms come under scrutiny as lawyers warn of 'chilling effect' on press

The UK's political leaders this week reached broad agreement over a new system to regulate the press, but many lawyers remain unconvinced of the merits of the proposed reforms. The agreement, announced on Monday (18 March) after lengthy talks that ...

22 Mar 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Confusion will reign unless Government clarifies terms used in DBA regulations

From the beginning of April, for the first time, lawyers will be able to conduct litigation before the English courts in return for a share of any damages. The introduction of contingency fees, or damages-based agreements (DBAs) as they are now called...

15 Mar 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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High Court rejects challenge from claimant lawyers over personal injury fee cuts

The High Court has thrown out a challenge to the new fixed costs structure for personal injury claims, after the Government pushed through reforms which are set to have a significant impact on the earnings of law firms handling employers' liability, p...

04 Mar 2013 | 12:34 | secure

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