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SRA set to open up solicitor register to comparison websites

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has committed to opening up its register of solicitors to comparison websites, while the Legal Ombudsman has today made its decisions available in a downloadable format.

August 21st, 2014 | No Comments »

SDT takes wrecking ball to LSB’s review of disciplinary regimes

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has condemned the recent Legal Services Board recommendation of a civil standard of proof for use across disciplinary tribunals as “looking like a small tail wagging a large dog”.

March 17th, 2014 | No Comments »

LSB hits out at “jumble” of disciplinary regimes, but admits it can do little to improve them

The sanctions and appeals regimes of the frontline regulators are an inconsistent “jumble” of different powers that may protect lawyers rather than consumers, according to the Legal Services Board.

March 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

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 »

SRA, BSB and other regulators join forces to demystify the law for consumers

The frontline legal regulators yesterday launched a groundbreaking consumer-facing information website that aims to demystify the legal profession for ordinary people.

January 22nd, 2014 | 5 Comments »

IPReg poised to become ABS licensing authority number 3

The prospect of external investment in intellectual property firms is set to soar after the Intellectual Property Regulation Board won the support of the Legal Services Board to become the third alternative business structure licensing authority.

December 10th, 2013 | No Comments »

LSB sparks fresh independence row with call for regulators to have lay chairs

The frontline regulators need lay chairs at the helm so as to cut the “overly strong ties” that still exist with their branches of the profession and have held back change, the Legal Services Board said yesterday. The call was met by strong opposition.

October 9th, 2013 | No Comments »

Manchester firm ties up joint venture with insurer as law centres win ABS exemption extension

A Manchester law firm has launched a joint venture alternative business structure (ABS) with one of its major insurer clients. Meanwhile, the transitional exemption from ABS licensing currently afforded to not-for-profit organisations has been extended indefinitely.

September 27th, 2013 | No Comments »

Frontline regulators hit back at LSB assessment of their performance

Some of the frontline regulators have hit back at the Legal Services Board’s assessment of their performance. A detailed report on the “smaller” regulators found a wide range of competence, both across the different regulators and within each of them individually.

December 21st, 2012 | No Comments »

LSB lays down challenge to regulators – prove you can do the job or face action

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has told the regulators it oversees that now is the time for them to prove they can deliver what is expected of them, warning that it will put their promises “to the test”. The LSB said its focus in 2013/14 will be on the performance of the regulators.

December 13th, 2012 | No Comments »