Retiring President of the Supreme Court says Legal Aid cuts caused ‘serious difficulty’

In 2013, legal aid was cut to many civil law cases with the aim of saving £350 million a year in England and Wales. These cuts have caused ‘serious difficulty’, however, to the justice system. The government had intended to pilot early legal advice in some welfare cases and provide extra financial court but Baroness[…]

Contax Law – IR35 Tax Liability Insurance

We have worked with our insurance providers to develop a unique and innovative insurance product to protect all parties in the recruitment supply chain (including contractors, ‘fee payer’, recruiters and end-clients) against this new risk. The product can be purchased by anyone in the supply chain, not just the contractor. Contax Law have also negotiated[…]

BPP contracted to deliver super-exam prep courses by six City firms

The ‘City Consortium’ group, made up of six giant law firms, have appointed BPP Law School to design and run the legal education and skills training for the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). Dubbed the ‘super-exam’, the SQE will replace the current system with a two-part qualification exam process: SQE Part 1 and SQE Part[…]

The Remote Working Dilemma: Who Is the Ultimate Winner?

Working from the comfortable space of your living/study room or from your local coffee shop is an idea appealing to almost everyone. Is this sentiment of workers based on convenience or do they really work more effectively when isolated and uninterrupted in the comfort of their preferred working space? The first thing to consider when[…]

£500m boost for legal aid promised by Lib Dems

The elections campaigns are now in full swing. Labour announced their manifesto yesterday and this week the Liberal Democrats have announced they’ll increase the legal aid budget by a third. The current budget stands at £1.6m, but they plan to pump £500m into the legal aid system, pledging to ‘establish a new right to affordable,[…]

Christmas Deadlines!

Christmas is fast approaching! Please find below the deadlines for your timesheet submissions and payment dates to ensure you don’t miss out on all the festive fun: Monday 23rd December Deadline for signed timesheets 12pm midday. Tuesday 24th December Sonovate will be closed from 12pm. Wednesday 25th December Merry Christmas! Thursday 26th December Sonovate team[…]

MoJ invests £2m in the development of legal tech

Tech Nation, a network of technology entrepreneurs, was named last week as the recipients of a £2 million Ministry of Justice investment. This funding forms part of a government funding scheme for the burgeoning legal technology sector. The lawtech industry saw a 714% increase in international investment in 2018 from the previous year, with investment[…]

IR35 – Key Findings

Kingsbridge IR35 Insurance The stated purpose of the private sector IR35 reforms is to tackle avoidance and ensure that contractors and PSCs are paying the right amount of tax. It is not there to disadvantage “genuine” contractors, that represent a vibrant and increasingly important part of the UK economy. In order to obtain a better[…]