Legal Executives

HMCTS delays flexible operating hours pilots and commits to working with profession

Susan Acland-Hood

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has delayed the start of the flexible operating hours pilot until next February, its chief executive announced today. Susan Acland-Hood also made it clear that she was listening to the concerns raised by the legal profession about both the current problems with listing and how flexible hours might work.

September 21st, 2017

CILEx unveils bid to be next ABS licensing authority

Millie Grant

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has become the latest legal regulator to apply to license alternative business structures. Chartered legal executives have been able to set up their own law firms since 2015, but not if they have non-lawyer ownership or investment.

September 11th, 2017

Lawyers face prosecution threat over financial sanctions compliance

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Lawyers are among those who could face prosecution if they fail to report information that could undermine UK financial sanctions, after a change to the law that came into force this week. “Independent legal professionals”, along with trust or company service providers, accountants and others are now captured by the European Union Financial Sanctions Regulations 2017.

August 10th, 2017

LSB fires warning shot over SRA closing board meetings as it applauds regulators’ performance

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The Legal Services Board has given the frontline regulators largely positive reviews of their performance, but warned the Solicitors Regulation Authority that it will be monitoring the impact of its controversial decision to end public and press access to board meetings

July 6th, 2017

Regulators to take price transparency rules slowly as SRA outlines limited pilot

Competition and Markets Authority

Legal regulators have responded cautiously to the Competition and Markets Authority’s recommendations on price transparency, pledging to pilot regulatory requirements and test their effects on the lawyers and firms they regulate. They promised to implement controversial measures to encourage lawyers to publish prices if possible.

June 30th, 2017

Passed on Thursday, in force today – new AML regulations thrust on profession

Money Laundering Series

Law firm compliance officers and money laundering reporting officers have been scrambling to get to grips with the biggest shake-up in anti-money laundering rules in a decade, with the final regulations – which were only published on Thursday – coming into force today.

June 26th, 2017

ABS start-up led by CILEx Fellow bids for rapid growth

Glenn Wallis ABS Lawyers Ltd

A chartered legal executive has launched a start-up alternative business structure specialising in personal injury but with ambitious plans for expansion into a variety of legal areas, including sports law.

April 19th, 2017

LSB drops plan to probe “slow progress” of female and BME lawyers to senior roles

Competition and Markets Authority

The Legal Services Board has dropped plans to probe why it is taking women and those from ethnic minorities so long to reach senior roles in the profession. It also rejected the Law Society’s claim that it is putting too much emphasis on promoting competition at the expense of the other regulatory objectives it is meant to uphold.

April 6th, 2017

Legal regulators eye piloting new price and service transparency requirements

Vanessa Davies

Plans to force lawyers to be more transparent about their fees and complaints records could first be piloted across areas of work that have different regulators. The Solicitors Regulation Authority could also widen its plan for an online register of solicitors’ regulatory data to encompass all regulated lawyers.

March 9th, 2017

CILEx launches bid to recruit law graduate paralegals

Lynne Squires

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has launched a campaign to recruit paralegals – especially law graduates who have not gained further qualification – as associate members. They are entitled to use the letters ACILEx after their name.

March 8th, 2017