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29 March 2010


Name: Moving toward a fairer fee policy: transitional arrangements
Who: Solicitors Regulation Authority
Closing date: 16 April
In brief: The third consultation on fee policy, this considers ways to moderate the impact of using the firms’ turnover figure to set the new turnover-based fee, where firms have subsequently been hit by the recession.
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Name: Development of authorisation to practise arrangements
Who: Bar Standards Board
Closing date: 1 June
In brief: The board proposed a strengthened approach to the practising certificate renewal process which is more directly linked to compliance with the criteria that must be met in order to practise as a barrister, such as CPD and professional indemnity insurance cover.
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McKenzie Friends – a storm in a teapot

Legal Futures Conference 2011Photo by Jonathan Goldberg

If the recent furore about McKenzie Friend Marketplace shows anything, it is that the profession remains acutely sensitive to the apparent threat of competition by unregulated entrants into the legal landscape. But for an outside observer, the whole McKenzie Friend debate remains curiously overblown: if not a storm in a teacup, a storm at least in a teapot. For all the characteristic sturm und drang of the Law Society’s response to last year’s senior judiciary consultation, there was pretty widespread agreement among most respondents that McKenzie Friends are here to stay.

April 28th, 2017