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2014 News

29 SEPT2014

Halsbury Legal Awards 2014

Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s Halsbury Legal Awards. In particular we would like to say a huge congratulations to Matrix chambers winners of: Chambers of the year – London (Sponsored by Bar Squared).

01 AUG2014

Changes to FAS Court Bundle bolt-on fee from 31st July 2014

The LAA have changed the way that the FAS Court Bundle bolt-on fee is claimed with immediate effect. Previously the bolt-on was claimable whenever the size of the Court Bundle was over 350 pages. Under the new rules, the Court Bundle bolt-on will now be claimable when the Advocates Bundle (essentially a bundle containing only the relevant documents on the case) is over 350 pages...

01 AUG2014

Updated civil forms introduced from 4th August 2014

The LAA are releasing updated versions of civil legal aid forms which are for use from 4th August 2014. New versions of both the CIV CLAIM 5 and CIV CLAIM 5A forms are included, which will affect chambers using LEX Chambers Management who do either FGF or FAS work...

14 MAY2014

Bar Squared Snowdon Challenge

On June 28th the Bar Squared team will be supporting Cancer Research UK by attempting to summit Mount Snowdon. The task at hand for the budding group of ascensionists is to successfully navigate the walk and climb up to the summit at 3,560ft. With most of the team having no experience of this kind it will certainly be an exciting time for everyone...

10 APR2014

The Heartbleed Bug

You may have heard the news yesterday recommending that users change their online passwords immediately in response to the Heartbleed security flaw in OpenSSL. With respect to LEX, the article above states “Organisations that used Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) web server software would not have been affected...

10 MAR2014

The new LEX Marketing Platform

Easy to use and understand, uses chambers intelligence more intelligently ... the platform is simply brilliant. My career in the Chambers environment has spanned over 25 years and I have been involved in a range of business development and marketing initiatives often with the aid of third party software and spreadsheets...

10 MAR2014

LEX Cost Management (Precedent H)

We continue to develop and release changes that are designed to streamline the way in which chambers operate. This onerous task is achieved in conjunction with a number of LEX clerk users who we call upon, from time to time, to provide feedback on our development plans and valuable insight into the profession. The past 18 months have seen development in LEX to introduce Contractual Terms Management, Ethnicity & Diversity Monitoring and Costs Management...

03 MAR2014

LEX support for Internet Explorer 8 is ending

To focus on supporting modern browsers, we are deprecating official compatibility of LEX Chambers Management with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) as of version 4.151.07.We have made this decision as Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on 8th April 2014 – XP being the only remaining Microsoft operating system (OS) that cannot support browsers above IE8...

07 JAN2014

Legal Aid Agency CCMS XML Bulk Upload Delay

UPDATE: For any chambers doing Family/Civil Legal Aid, CCMS is still set to roll out from 20th January. Unfortunately to this date the LAA have still not provided Software Vendors with an adequate test platform for XML bulk upload, due to technical issues at their end. The LAA have therefore said that XML bulk upload will not be available in CCMS by the 20th January...

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