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Chartered legal executives to enjoy parity with solicitors

Chartered legal executives are to have full rights to practise independently after the Lord Chancellor approved their bid to handle probate and conveyancing work without the supervision of a solicitor.

March 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Second phase of apprenticeships scheme opens door to solicitor and conveyancer qualification

Key players in the legal profession have welcomed the second phase of a government-backed scheme that will create apprenticeships which for the first time will lead to qualification as a solicitor, while a new apprenticeship in conveyancing will also be developed.

March 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

Lawyers and regulators reject LSB plan to direct future of education and training

Responses to the Legal Services Board’s (LSB) legal education and training framework have revealed broad opposition to its proposal to invoke statutory powers to ensure frontline regulators fall into line behind the LSB’s vision.

January 29th, 2014 | No Comments »

Legal executives to enjoy same rights as solicitors

Chartered legal executives are set to have full parity with solicitors after the Legal Services Board gave them the right to practise litigation and advocacy independently.

December 20th, 2013 | No Comments »

Here come the accountants and legal executives…

Competition in the law is to increase further after the Legal Services Board backed accountants to handle reserved probate work and set up alternative business structures, as well as chartered legal executives to set up their own conveyancing and probate practices.

December 11th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Third time unlucky for solicitor as High Court rejects challenge to strike-off

It was third time unlucky for a solicitor whose striking-off had twice been overturned by the High Court, as Mr Justice Mostyn yesterday rejected his challenge to the latest decision to remove him from the roll.

November 21st, 2013 | No Comments »

SRA: Law Society “inadvertently” makes case for independent regulation

The Law Society’s bid to regain responsibility for much of the regulation of solicitors has “inadvertently” made the case for completely independent regulation, a leading figure at the Solicitors Regulation Authority has claimed.

September 11th, 2013 | No Comments »

Reed Smith thinks big by signing up to major work experience initiative

US/UK law firm Reed Smith becomes first legal practice to sign up to a major initiative aimed at opening up access to work experience opportunities to anyone with an Internet connection. The firm has joined the likes of ITN, Capgemini, MediaCom, ZenithMedia, Channel 4 and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen.

April 26th, 2013 | No Comments »

Here comes the legal executive law firm as CILEx applies for independent practice rights

The prospect of chartered legal executives setting up their own law firms moved closer to reality yesterday after their regulator submitted an application for the full range of independent practice rights. It has won immediate support from a Conservative MP.

March 26th, 2013 | No Comments »

CILEx and CLC confirm bids to become will-writer regulators

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and Council for Licensed Conveyancers have thrown their hats into the ring to regulate will-writers, amid further criticism of the Legal Services Board’s decision not to extend regulation to estate administration.

February 15th, 2013 | No Comments »