Trending news articles on the Gazette this week…

1. Historic firm collapses but 79 jobs rescued

Bristol practice folds less than a year after cutting ties with the QualitySolicitors network for a fresh start.

2. Law firm boss banned after withholding almost £200k in counsel fees

Poor practices became common when Cardiff firm started to experience cashflow problems, tribunal hears.

3. Howard Kennedy and four solicitors taken to SDT

The allegations are subject to a hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and are as yet unproven.

4. Carillion collapse raises question over legal arm’s ABS status

Carillion Advice Services was set up in 2011 to support the construction giant’s in-house legal team.

5. Justice minister backs litigants in person to handle PI claims

Lord Keen of Elie also suggests the increased influence of claims management companies may be ‘extremely beneficial’.