Have you heard the latest news in the whole United Kingdom regarding the law firms merging process?


According to the latest news regarding the above topic, many mergers are now used to expand a firm’s offerings. Aside from the fact that law firms in United Kingdom is widely being recognised and is expanding so fast this year, the UK law firms are now in the plan for merging for growth instead of financial necessity kind of reason.


According to the research evidencing the said news, there are numbers of decline for all the mergers just last year 2014. What will be the outcome of the law firm merging this year? Could it become worse than last year’s merging process?


By the opening of the year 2015, there are law firms who involves in merger activity in the whole United Kingdom that declines by or about eleven (11) percent just before the year 2014 has ended.


So, with that said, it is much higher than expected compared with 196 declines with the previous year 2014. Last year, they saw only 174 law firm mergers that have completed the merger activity.


Firms that went down the aisle in 2014 included private client specialists Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell, Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson, global top 10 firm CMS Cameron McKenna, top 50 firms Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham and top 100 firms Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole.


What would be the possible reason or reasons behind the elevation of the merger activity? Here are some of the thoughts that we have gathered:


Law Firm versus Financial Pressures


The law firms are not new in this kind of issue. Even smaller businesses and bigger ones are experiencing financial pressure as well. According to the finance provider LDF in which there are the ones who produced the research for the public to know, there are many law firms who have joined forces with the others during the recession to offset financial pressures.


Aside from that, they have also talked about pooling resources and expertise and also allowing significant economies of scale against financial pressures.


With that kind of action, investment in property, support staffs, IT as well as the marketing part can be share and can be part of the quickly cutting expenditure.


According to the LDF (Left Democratic Front), if you don’t know about them, they are the coalition of left leaning political parties; they issued a statement that the economic recovery means that M&A is now in the verge of increasingly being used by law firms as part of their growth strategies.


As of this year, many merges are now being used as a means to expand service offerings. Aside from that, they are also used to explore new markets and extend geographical reach for the whole UK.




Law Firm Expansion


According to Peter Alderson, the managing director at LDF, he feels that law firms should feel that they are viewed as subscale and are very keen to expand. With the help of the recovering fees, law firm partners are getting more ambitious and are looking to serve bigger clients in a wider range of sectors and even in geographies.


The quickest way of achieving that ambition is to merge with a firm that already understands that market and has an existing pipeline of work.


What do you think about the latest issue in law firm financial and expansion experience? Should the public be in deep thought about this? Comment us below and we’ll discuss all your answers in the next topic!


Are you in need of a legal advice or a guide on how to make your last will and testaments and make it legal for your next kin or to any of your family member?


If you have just turned 60 or if you feel like you are ready to make your last will and testament after reaching the age of 60 or so this year, we are here to guide you with your legal documents.


Even at a young age that just turned 20 can even make his or her own will and testament. It is never too early or too late to write a will. Well, I guess it is common to us that most of the younger crowd these days won’t have much or anything, in the way of property to write down as a will.


Still, if the worse comes to your life, you’ll know that your possessions and everything that is yours will be dealt with exactly what you wanted it to be.


Here are our simple steps for you to help you create your will:


Seek the presence of a lawyer

You might be wondering why because you are in your do-it-yourself age already but if you want your will to be legalised, you need to get a lawyer for it to be properly settled. People these days want to be independent  but writing your own will without any help from a lawyer’s bound will probably cause problems and it will probably end up costing more money than retaining a lawyer from the start.


You don’t need to hire a highly specialised lawyer for it. All you need to do is find one who knows family law and if you can find one, he or she will put your will in clear and concise words that will make it easy to understand when the time comes.


Talk to the people you love

This is a serious act so you need to have your family member with you. Your goal here is to find out if there is anything you have that means a lot to them.


Ask an executor of your will

It is important to seek the presence of an executor of your will. It is the person who will oversee the distribution of your estate and property, both physical and fiscal, to make sure it all happens how you want it to be. Hire an executor that is honest and had already proven his or her professionalism in the public.


Set up a trust fund

If you have a large or wide estate, you need to set up a trust fund. When designating trust funds, you also need to appoint a trustee, especially if the trust fund is for a minor (who won’t have access to the money until they turn 18). The trustee will control the funds until the requirements for your heir are met.


Once completed, time to sign it up

After you have already completed all the necessary things to include in your will and testament, it is time to sign those papers. But first, you need to have two or more witnesses to your signing. According to the state law, neither witness can be a beneficiary in your will. The two witnesses also required to sign their own statements saying they’ve watched you sign the papers. After signing, store it all in the safe place that only your lawyer will know so that it will be readily found upon your death. You can also give a sealed copy to your executor if you are sure you can trust him or her.

Overall conclusion, writing a will is not that difficult or the process is not too hard for anyone. All you need to do is follow these steps and you can rest in peace knowing your will and wishes will be carried out properly according to what you want it to be done.






This list of common legal words for law students and for the public to know was compiled by us and you can see it in every law books as part of the legal term used by lawyers and law enforcers as part of a public service.


The main purpose of this list is that we don’t want the accuracy of the information contained in this list nor is it responsible for any possible errors or omissions in the future making. And we don’t want it to assume no liability for its use.


We have shared these common legal words to the public for necessity general in nature. It is not intended as a legal advice if you are planning to use like that. It is rather information in which it may be helpful for you to better understand how courts operate and for law students to be good in legal terms.




Accelerated Rehabilitation – it is a program that gives a person/s charged with a crime or a motor vehicle violation for the first time with a second chance. In that case, the person is placed on probation for up to two years and if the probation is completed satisfactorily, the charges against that person are dismissed.


Adjournment – it is the postponement of a court session until another time or place by the judge.


Adjudicatory Hearing – this one is a juvenile court in which the proceeding to determine whether the allegations made in a petition are true and if whether the child or youth should be subjected to orders of the court/by the judge.


Alternative Sanctions – it is a criminal punishment that is less restrictive than the incarceration case.


Attorney of Record – an attorney whose name appears in the permanent records or files of a case settled or is already approved by the judge.




Bail – or it is also called a Bond is a money or property given to the court for the temporary release of a defendant to ensure that the defendant will return to court when he or she is called once again.


Bench Warrant – it is the court papers issued by the judge “from the bench” for the arrest of a person.


Broken Down Irretrievably – it is the most common reason for granting a divorce. It directly means there is no hope with the case of the husband and wife to be getting back together again. And, it is also known as a “no-fault” divorce.




Case File – it is the court file in which it contains papers submitted in a case.


Conviction – this is the word to use if the person is found guilty of committing a crime.


Court Trial – it is a trial by a judge rather than by a jury.


Custody – it is a court order in which it decides where a child will live and how decisions about the child will be made. Before that, the parents may ask for any custody arrangement that they have together with the judge if they believe is in the best interest of their child.




Domicile – it is the permanent home of a person and the person may have several residences but only one domicile according to the law.



Ex Parte – another term for “DONE” for, or at the request of, one side in a case only, without prior notice to the other side.


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Studying law at a university or applying to study law at a university sounds great, right? There are other people who underestimate law students because they don’t know what it feels like behind the books we are reading.


We have all heard a little about studying law at a university and whether through family, friends or films, it is difficult to know what it really does involve and the stories behind everything that happens as a law student.


We want to tell everyone that law is a great subject to study in a university but everything have its challenges that you can face on the road. Here’s what you can expect when you are a law student:


  1. As a law student, lot of reading is a must


Do not underestimate our law students because they have so much reading to do.


At first, if you don’t like reading so many books, it is a little bit scary and a little bit difficult to explain how much reading books that involves law degree. In other words, there are a lot of law books to read as a start.


Law students get a reputation for clocking up the library hours because each week you need to learn what the law actually is and academics’ opinions of it from scratch, and neither of these will be particularly short. You can have a schedule to have a reading alone or reading session done together with your assignments and you need to set your time properly as part of being a law student.


  1. You need to deal with different types of human action as a law student


As a law student, you usually learn only a few topics at a time and not totally everything because you may not understand everything fully as you covered the next one when you are reading.


Is it normal as a law student? Yes, it is! It is absolutely normal to feel a little like you are experiencing dark times especially to organise your courses so that at the start of your first year exams so that you can stand on your own during those times.


  1. Even in law school, there is a competition


Make sure you think seriously about where you want to start off because it is easy to be swept along with the crowd. Don’t let the crowd (well your classmates or schoolmates) scare the greatness in you.


Keep on top of your work, get involved with extra-curricular and apply to any placements or schemes which may interest you so that your CV looks as good as it possibly can when you get to more serious applications.


  1. As part of being a law student, attention to details is a must


Aside from the fact that you are a responsible kind of student, having a sharp mind and close attention to detail is a must when you are in a law school, particularly if you are studying criminal law.

Law requires both absolute command of the details of legislation and cases, and a wider view of how different areas interlock and what they aim to achieve. Essay questions require you to make a broad point using specific examples, so you need to have a whole arsenal of examples to hand.


Basically, as a law student, you need to remember a lot of things. Aside from that, you also need to be prepared to sit down and learn cases from the different parts of the law features that you can find in book before or during the exam.


And the overall important thing is that, in order to become an effective law student, you need to be flexible in everything that you do and encounter along the way. If it is really your interest, you’ll definitely be more positive in studying it every day.