Law Society Gazette

7 October 2010

QualitySolicitors steps up expansion

Law firm franchise QualitySolicitors is to launch 50 new branches next month, the Gazette can reveal. The move signals the next step in the brand’s aggressive expansion strategy as it seeks to become a ‘household name’ for solicitors.

5 October 2000

Plan to end referral fee ban

Plans to relax the rules barring solicitors from paying referral fees for work could go to the profession for consultation for the third time in four years. The suggestion comes in a paper from the Law Society’s regulation review working party, which says a change would allow solicitors to compete ‘on a level playing field’ with other service providers, particularly in the areas of financial services and personal injury.

3 October 1990

Intervention raises hopes of haemophiliacs

The Haemophiliacs Society says it is hopeful that a full settlement with the government will be reached following the publication of an opinion by Mr Justice Ognall recommending that the government settle the claims of the 1,200 haemophiliacs infected with the HIV virus by contaminated blood products imported from the US. Mr Justice Ognall points out that ‘a government who takes upon itself the role of public provider of medical advice and clinical services is in a very different position to any commercial organisation’.

October 1940

Air raid precautions

The officials of the City Corporation and the City of Westminster have visited the Society’s premises and pointed out that owing to the glass roofing the building is vulnerable to air attack. They have therefore indicated that it is desirable that in the case of imminent danger from such attack those within the building should proceed to the shelters in the basement. The authorities have advised that the shelters would be able to bear the weight of the remainder of the structure should this be demolished.