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UK personal injury law firms deflate under reforms

Dec 10, 2013 Personal injury law in the UK underwent a revolution this year with the implementation of the Jackson reforms. Prior to the reforms, law firms could buy personal injury cases from case management companies. Under new…

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Hong Kong may permit foreign firms to form LLPs

Nov 12, 2013 The Law Society of Hong Kong is drafting new rules and may permit foreign law firms to establish limited liability partnerships from next year. If they are approved by Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, the changes to…

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UK legal aid reforms tempered

Sep 9, 2013 UK Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that he will not proceed with the plan to introduce competitive tendering for criminal legal aid contracts. The plan - under which the government would award…

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Malasia to permit fly-in-fly-out lawyering

Jul 4, 2013 Malaysia looks set to introduce new legislation allowing international law firms to do business on a 'fly-in, fly-out' basis, allowing them to advise clients in the country without having local offices. The new…

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Challenge to mandatory retirement for judges fails

Jun 21, 2013 Judges in Pennsylvania have failed in their bid to prove that the state’s mandatory retirement age is constitutionally invalid. The provision requiring compulsory retirement at age 70 was adopted as a state…

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New pro bono reporting requirements for NY lawyers

May 9, 2013 New reporting requirements have been introduced for New York lawyers, requiring them to disclose on their biennial registration forms the amount of hours and financial contributions they gave to pro bono programs in the…

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Squire Sanders hire female lawyer in Saudi

May 4, 2013 Squire Sanders is one of the first international firms to hire a female lawyer in Saudi Arabia since a recent ruling allowed women to obtain a licence to practise law in the kingdom. Senior associate Dr Nadia…

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Scotland delays ABSs until end of 2013

Apr 18, 2013 The Scottish Law Society has indicated that legislation providing for Alternative Business Structures for Scottish law firms is likely to be delayed until the end of 2013. The planned reforms, which will allow up to…

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SRA Chair blasts UK legal profession

Nov 21, 2012 SRA chairman Charles Plant has criticised the UK legal profession in a speech to the Devon & Exeter Law Society, stating that too many solicitors are "simply not good enough". Plant pointed to the 500 firms that have…

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