Legal news

Revenue boost for conveyancers - 5 June 2017

Conveyancers have enjoyed a significant boost in revenue in recent years, thanks to a highly competitive mortgage market, an increase in the number of first-time buyers getting on the property ladder and the willingness of buyers to pay more in conveyancing fees.

SRA report suggests rise in conveyancing fraud - 16 January 2017

An increasing number of cybercriminals are targeting the conveyancing sector, according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Proposed reforms likely to reduce cost of law qualifications - 18 October 2016

A proposed new exam, entitled the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), will reduce the average cost of a legal qualification by around £12,000, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has said.

Conveyancers could be penalised by proposed SDLT reforms - 15 September 2016

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) reforms proposed by the Government could penalise conveyancers who fail to use HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) online filing service for SDLT return forms.

Calls for increased price transparency in legal sector - 15 August 2016

A consumer panel has criticised the unpredictable nature of UK solicitors’ fees, calling for increased price transparency across the legal services sector.

Tuition fee refunds for law graduates who fail to find work within nine months - 22 July 2016

A UK University has launched a “market-changing” initiative for out-of-work law graduates – offering cash pay-outs to those who fail to secure a job in the profession following their studies.

Law firms face ‘Catch 22’ complications under HMRC information demands - 14 June 2016

Experts have argued that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are increasingly putting solicitors in impossible ‘Catch 22’ situations as part of their ongoing crackdown on tax evasion and money laundering.

‘CEO fraud’ cybercrime poses increasing threat to solicitors, says Radio 4 - 25 May 2016

A budding cybercrime dubbed ‘CEO fraud’ is posing an increasing threat to solicitors and law firms, according to BBC Radio 4.