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LSB report “the best ever”, SRA says

The chief executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority has responded to strongly-worded criticisms this week from the Legal Services Board by the describing its report as “the best ever” received from the oversight regulator. However, Mr Philip admitted that there were parts of the report and performance review where the SRA had a “different opinion”.

May 12th, 2016 | No Comments »

SRA taken to task over enforcement and IT failures

The Legal Services Board has strongly criticised the Solicitors Regulation Authority over failures in its enforcement work and IT systems – and also warned about the risk that the overhaul of the Handbook “may be too much” for firms and the regulator to cope with. However, the LSB said the legal regulators collectively had all made “substantial progress”.

May 11th, 2016 | No Comments »

Plan to smooth paralegals’ path to CILEx qualification sparks “confusion” claim

A proposal by CILEx Regulation to make it easier for paralegals to become qualified legal executives has been fiercely rejected as likely to cause “confusion to employers and consumers” by the new voluntary paralegals regulator.

December 10th, 2015 | No Comments »

New advocacy panel could confuse public, CILEx Regulation warns

Setting up a new panel of criminal defence advocates could confuse the public, CILEx Regulation has warned. It said the legal regulators should control standards and quality.

December 8th, 2015 | No Comments »

Help firms switch regulator by scrapping run-off rules, CILEx Regulation tells LSB

Law firms that switch regulator should not be forced to buy six years of run-off insurance cover, CILEx Regulation has argued in a report for the Legal Services Board. It said that only firms which were actually closing should have to buy run-off cover.

December 1st, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB promises action after report finds “highly variable” standards of youth court advocacy

The Bar Standards Board has accepted in principle all the recommendations of a hard-hitting report which found “highly variable” standards of advocacy in the youth courts. Only 52% of advocates thought they had sufficient knowledge of the youth justice system to do their job properly.

November 20th, 2015 | No Comments »

LSB: criminal advocacy reforms “should not be designed around” any particular group of lawyers

It is important that government plans to enhance the quality of criminal defence advocacy in publicly funded cases “should not be designed around one particular professional group”, the Legal Services Board has warned. The comments can be read as coded concern that some of the proposals seem weighted in favour of barristers.

October 7th, 2015 | No Comments »

Quayle u-turn leaves CILEx Regulation searching for new chair

CILEx Regulation – the regulatory arm of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives – is searching for a new chairman after the man who was due to take over last week decided against doing so. In February, CILEx announced that Quinton Quayle, a former British ambassador to Thailand, had been appointed.

June 11th, 2015 | No Comments »

Regulate lawyers by “competence not title”, chair of CILEx Regulation says

Alan Kershaw, chair of CILEx Regulation, has said lawyers should be regulated “by competence, not by title” and urged the different branches of the profession not to give up on common training.

May 1st, 2015 | No Comments »

First legal executives granted historic independent practice rights

A member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives who specialises in conveyancing has become the first to receive independent practice rights. A probate specialist and a legal executive who runs his own immigration firm were also granted independent rights.

March 30th, 2015 | No Comments »