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Solicitor agrees never to practise again in deal struck with SRA

SRA reception sign

A solicitor whose firm was shut down last year after failing to effect an orderly wind-down has agreed never to practise again in a deal struck with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. John David Arnott admitted to five charges relating to his practice in Witney, Oxfordshire.

July 2nd, 2015

Do you really know your clients? They prefer Corrie to EastEnders

Kathryn King (LeO)

A “typical” legal service user loves Strictly Come Dancing, prefers Coronation Street to EastEnders, regularly browses Facebook and follows Stephen Fry and Jonathan Ross on Twitter. They are also married, in their later years of life, and financially stable – all according to the Legal Ombudsman.

July 2nd, 2015

Bodies representing criminal solicitors and barristers at loggerheads while Law Society sits on sidelines

Andrew Caplen 2

Tensions between the bodies representing criminal law solicitors and barristers reached breaking point yesterday after the Criminal Bar Association was accused of showing a lack of courage and acting unworthily.

July 2nd, 2015

Legal Futures Report


The first in our quarterly Insight series looks at the regulation of legal services and how it is changing.

It explores different reactions to four fundamental changes the profession is having to grapple with this year – the end of hours-based professional development, the arrival of a real choice of regulator, changes to the Separate Business Rule and the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s plans to slim down the Accounts Rules and the Code of Conduct.

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Speaking with the SRA and MoJ

PI Solutions - pre post LASPO

A few weeks ago I was asked to speak at a Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar on the impact LASPO has had on the claims management sector, which attracted nearly 100 delegates. The keynote speakers were Crispin Passmore, executive director of policy at the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, and Kevin Rousell, head of the Claims Management Regulation Unit at the Ministry of Justice. Given only five minutes of talk time, it was difficult to go into depth, but I did get a chance to discuss the management of risk in claimant personal injury firms.

June 25th, 2015