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LSB research highlights surge in Law Society spending on ‘permitted purposes’

Law Society spending on non-regulatory ‘permitted purposes’, such as law reform and practice support, surged by £6.3m in the four years between 2010 and 2014, research by the Legal Services Board has revealed. The research was part of the LSB’s investigation into the cost of legal services regulation.

May 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

One in five law firms targeted by scammers in past year, Law Society research reveals

More than one in five law firms have been targeted by scammers in the past year, Law Society research has revealed. Money was successfully stolen from client account in 8% of these cases. However the society’s annual indemnity survey found that average premiums paid by firms with up to 25 partners were down by 8%.

April 29th, 2016 | No Comments »

Report: ABSs punch well above their weight

Alternative business structures (ABS) make up just 4% of all solicitors’ firms but contributed 11% of the profession’s turnover, research has revealed. The Law Society’s annual statistical report, found ABSs were spread broadly across the different turnover bands, with around 50 of them having income in excess of £10m.

April 27th, 2016 | No Comments »

Law Society criticised by its own FoI adjudicator over Blacker e-mails

The Law Society has apologised to its freedom of information adjudicator after failing to provide him with an “additional and substantial” body of information relating to ‘Harry Potter solicitor’ Alan Blacker, also known as Lord Harley. Adam Sowerbutts described the incident as “troubling”.

March 16th, 2016 | No Comments »

Politicians put emphasis on public legal education as lawyers urged to see benefits

Helping to enhance public understanding of the law will “unlock demand for legal services”, solicitors have been advised as part of a new push to promote public legal education (PLE). It came as a high-powered non-partisan group of MPs and peers was formed to promote PLE.

March 8th, 2016 | No Comments »

Solicitors call for Online Court to have lower £10,000 limit

The London Litigation Solicitors Association and the Law Society are pushing for a lower £10,000 limit for cases in the Online Court. In his interim report, Lord Justice Briggs proposed a limit of £25,000. The LSLA said that there should be fixed or capped costs for litigation between £10,000 and £25,000.

March 1st, 2016 | No Comments »

Exclusive: government indicates that Law Society will lose practising fee funding

The Ministry of Justice has given its strongest indication yet that, once the legal regulators become independent, lawyers will no longer be compelled to make a financial contribution to their representative bodies.

February 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

SQE could create “even greater diversity problem”, Law Society says

Plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to introduce a centrally assessed Solicitors Qualifying Examination could create an “even greater diversity problem” for the profession, the Law Society has warned. The society said it could be a “huge issue for those without financial support”.

February 18th, 2016 | No Comments »

LSB to put spending in the spotlight in return for approving practising fees

The Legal Services Board has set out plans allowing it to study in more detail spending by approved regulators, such as the Law Society and Bar Council, before it approves their practising fees. The LSB warned in November of a “potentially high-profile and contentious” dispute with Chancery Lane over the use of fees.

February 12th, 2016 | No Comments »

Law firm incomes up by over 5%, Law Society survey indicates

Law firms are “in good shape financially”, with median income increasing by 5.4% last year, according to Law Society research. The survey found the median fee income for a partner had reached almost £620,000 and a solicitor almost £118,000 – but more partners than last year are drawing too much.

February 8th, 2016 | No Comments »