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Consumer panel backs greater recognition of McKenzie Friends

A new trade association, the Society of McKenzie Friends, is to be launched to represent the non-lawyer advisers who charge fees, as the first step towards self-regulation. The news comes as the Legal Services Consumer Panel concludes that the public interest benefits of MFs outweigh the risks.

April 17th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Unrated PII insurers still tempting hard-pressed firms

Unrated insurers continued to share more than a fifth of the professional indemnity insurance market at the last renewal round, while the Solicitors Regulation Authority mulls whether to force them to ‘get rated or get out’ of the business.

April 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

Lawyers and consumers at odds over control of appointments to the SRA

The Law Society found itself at loggerheads with the Legal Services Consumer Panel last week after the pair placed themselves on opposite sides of the debate over who should run the process of choosing the chairman and board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

April 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

QASA’s future on knife edge as advocates’ boycott holds

A tiny number of criminal advocates has so far signed up to the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), suggesting a profession-wide boycott of the scheme is holding.

March 26th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Now the North/South divide hits solicitors’ salaries

A significant earnings gap has opened up between solicitors working in the south of England and those in the North in a surprise reversal of fortunes, according to a survey. It also found the gender pay gap widening, with women’s salaries averaging 30% less than men’s.

March 19th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Merge, form JVs or collaborate – but don’t stand still: Law Society’s advice to crime firms

A Law Society guide to criminal legal aid after the cuts has laid bare the scale of the hurdles facing firms that wish to stay in the market and advised they choose one of three options: merger or acquisition, joint venture or collaboration.

March 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

Hudson to leave Law Society

Law Society chief executive Des Hudson has today announced that he will retire from his role in July, after the society’s annual general meeting. He has been under growing pressure since the vote of no-confidence in him in December.

March 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

Diversity: Neuberger backs career judges and urges culture change at City firms

The president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, has thrown his weight behind career judges as a way of improving diversity in the judiciary. He also bemoaned companies that choose to instruct “obsessive, testosterone-driven men rather than balanced, sensible women”.

March 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

Edmonds urges Law Society and Bar Council to accept change in interests of their members

The attitude of “some in positions of immense responsibility” in the legal profession represents a “direct threat” to an innovative future for legal services, the chairman of the Legal Services Board has claimed.

March 12th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

SGM solicitor urges Fluck to resign as society defends dealings with “politically secure” Grayling

The solicitor behind the special general meeting (SGM) on the Law Society’s strategy in its campaign against criminal legal aid cuts, has called for the resignation of president Nick Fluck, claiming he has “underwritten” the government’s reforms.

March 6th, 2014 | No Comments »