The Consortium of Expert Witnesses to the Family Courts has appealed to solicitors for feedback on the effect of fee cuts. The group believes there are already difficulties in obtaining access to qualified experts and has objected to lower rates of pay in London compared with the rest of the country.
Anglo-Scottish merger plan
Top-20 national firm Pinsent Masons has confirmed it is in cross-border merger talks with Edinburgh-based McGrigors. The combined firm would be a top-75 global practice, with 350 partners and 1,250 lawyers. See tinyurl.com/86xdy5j.