The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to end the monopoly currently enjoyed by the Law Society’s ‘Find a Solicitor’ website, by making the data behind it available to commercial comparison sites. It is also to set up own “online regulatory register” for the public.
The “traditionally wide” knowledge gap between lawyers and consumers is “narrowing all the time”, Canadian futurologist Jordan Furlong told delegates at this week’s Legal Futures Annual Conference.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is already in touch with AIM-listed alternative business structure Quindell, it has emerged. There has been widespread speculation about what action the SRA is taking over Quindell, whose share price has nose-dived in recent weeks.
Genus Law, the Leeds-based alternative business structure formerly known as Brilliant Law that is backed by gambling entrepreneur Bert Black, has made its first acquisition. The purchase of niche employment firm Pharos Legal is a “model for what we’re going to do going forward”.
Legal Futures Report
This first Legal Futures Special Report, in association with Thomson Reuters, examines the changing face of City law firms. It demonstrates how far City law firms have moved in a relatively short period of time, mainly (but not exclusively) in response to the recession and the demands of their clients.
Legal Futures Blog
As soon as you see the word ‘expenses’, you think of duck houses and parliamentarians cooling their heels at Her Majesty’s pleasure. So when you read on this website yesterday that Adam Sampson had resigned as Chief Legal Ombudsman because of issues around his travel expenses, you might have been tempted to assume he was ‘at it’ as well. From everything I learned to write the story and since confirmed with various people familiar with the situation, this would be wrong.