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“Too intimidating and too expensive” – new LSB chair’s verdict on the legal market

Sir Michael Pitt2

The legal market is “too intimidating, too uniform and, in many cases, too expensive”, the new chairman of the Legal Services Board has warned. Sir Michael Pitt said also he would like to see lawyers’ rulebooks slimmed down.

July 23rd, 2014

Indemnity cover cut ignores ‘increasing’ number of larger claims


The number of larger professional indemnity claims is increasing, undermining the case for a cut in the minimum cover for law firms from £2m to £500,000, an industry expert has argued in a letter to the Legal Services Board.

July 23rd, 2014

Diplomat to chair Bar Standards Board

Sir Andrew Burns

Sir Andrew Burns, a career diplomat, has been chosen to replace Baroness Ruth Deech as chair of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) from 1 January 2015.

July 22nd, 2014

Exclusive: will-writers’ trade body launches unique ABS

Sally Brown IPW

The Institute of Professional Willwriters has won approval for a unique alternative business structure that will enable its members and others to access related legal services for their clients, and share in the fees generated.

July 22nd, 2014