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"Simply being a solicitor is not enough" in ABS world, says Law Society chief

Simply being a solicitor “is not enough” in the new legal market, but by raising standards further through accreditation schemes and using their brand recognition, solicitors can preserve a dominant market share, the Law Society’s chief executive has insisted.

November 15th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

In brief: Law Society gives in over reaccreditation, QS in Barnardo’s will push and much more

Our regular news round-up covers the Law Society bowing to pressure over criminal litigation accreditation scheme plans, banks signing up to a new probate protocol, QualitySolicitors’ charitable partnership with Barnardo’s, the College of Law adding a Masters in Law to the LPC, an IP firm diversifying, and sluggish growth at the top firms.

October 5th, 2012 | No Comments »

Criminal law solicitors’ verdict on Law Society scheme: redundant and ignored by clients

The Law Society’s criminal litigation accreditation scheme is redundant, has no influence on clients and plans for reaccreditation are strongly opposed by the profession, the body representing criminal law solicitors has claimed.

July 18th, 2012 | No Comments »

Criminal defence solicitors attack Law Society reaccreditation plan

The Law Society’s criminal litigation accreditation scheme has no value to specialist solicitors and plans for reaccreditation at a time of huge pressure on the sector has “no support”, their representative body has warned.

April 27th, 2012 | No Comments »

Law Society revokes 200 solicitors' accreditation scheme membership

The Law Society has recently revoked the membership of 200 members of its accreditation schemes, it has revealed. The society was responding to the surprise expressed last week that it had not appeared to expel anyone from any accreditation scheme over the past five years.

November 28th, 2011 | Comments Off

Consumer panel: strip incompetent QCs of their rank as part of bid to improve quality marks

QCs should lose their title if they fall below an acceptable standard, the Legal Services Consumer Panel suggested today in a report that calls on legal bodies that run voluntary quality schemes to improve checks on lawyers’ continuing competence so as to boost consumer confidence.

November 24th, 2011 | 2 Comments »

What’s accreditation got to do with it?

Allan Carton of Inpractice UK argues that achieving Lexcel and CQS are essential but can only take you so far. Adopting the Investors in People philosophy will add genuine competitive advantage.

May 12th, 2011 | No Comments »

Law Society to review neglected accreditation schemes

The Law Society is to carry out a complete review and overhaul of every aspect of its accreditation schemes after admitting that “little or no attention” has been paid to them for “some considerable time”.

December 2nd, 2010 | No Comments »