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Law Society president defends chief executive over role at NHSLA as fees fight looms

Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, has described chief executive Catherine Dixon as “fully committed” to ensuring that medical negligence lawyers are “fairly rewarded” under any new fee regime imposed by the government, despite her previous role on the other side of the fence.

August 28th, 2015 | No Comments »

Bottom of the class: 15% of solicitors failed to do their minimum CPD hours last year

An online poll of 900 solicitors by the Law Society has revealed that 15% failed to do 16 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) last year – the minimum required. The poll found that 17% had already moved to the new hours-free ‘continuing competence’ regime.

August 27th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

PC fee does not represent value for money, solicitors tell Law Society

The vast majority of solicitors who responded to a Law Society survey on the practising certificate fee said they thought it did not represent value for money. Many said the Law Society should get a bigger share and the Solicitors Regulation Authority a smaller one.

August 24th, 2015 | No Comments »

Law Society told to disclose letters about ‘Harry Potter solicitor’

The Law Society has been told by its freedom of information adjudicator to disclose letters and reports involving the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the charity run by Alan Blacker, the solicitor also known as Lord Harley, Legal Futures understands.

August 24th, 2015 | No Comments »

Hudson replaced as Veyo chair by turnaround specialist

Des Hudson, former chief executive of the Law Society, has left his post as chair of conveyancing portal Veyo, it has been announced. His replacement, Ian Gray, is a ‘turnaround management’ specialist.

August 18th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Vulnerable could lose out under new consumer credit regime, panel warns

Vulnerable people could lose out under the latest plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for the regulation of consumer credit work, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has warned. Meanwhile the Law Society called for greater clarity on payment of legal fees by instalments.

August 17th, 2015 | No Comments »

Law Society to target big business in new “solicitor brand” campaign

The Law Society’s membership board has approved plans for a long-term campaign to boost the ‘solicitor brand’, which will include bigger businesses and in-house lawyers as buyers of legal services. It is due to be launched next year.

July 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Barnett “very surprised” by striking-off and considering appeal

Richard Barnett, former chair of the Law Society’s land law and conveyancing committee, has told Legal Futures that he is “very surprised” at the decision by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) earlier this week that he should be struck off.

July 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Law Society: “Piecemeal” SRA reforms could create “perverse incentives”

The Law Society has launched a sustained attack on plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to introduce third-party accounts, allow referral fees in legal aid cases and remove the requirement on firms to carry out reserved activities.

June 16th, 2015 | No Comments »

There is a “huge future” for high street firms, new SPG chairman says

There is a “huge future” for high street law firms, but the way ahead will be for practices to become more specialised, the new chairman of the Sole Practitioners Group (SPG) has said.

June 10th, 2015 | No Comments »