Solicitors are concerned about the lack of certainty on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union, the Law Society has warned the government. It also revealed research that showed that every 100 jobs in the legal services market supports 67 elsewhere in the economy.
The Law Society’s latest advertising campaign, launched today, highlights the role of solicitors as regulated professionals, under the slogan ‘Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor.’
Richard Barnett, former chair of the Law Society’s land law and conveyancing committee, has been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
The Law Society has chosen Catherine Dixon to replace Des Hudson as chief executive. Mr Hudson will retire at the end of this month.
Solicitors believe the practising certificate (PC) fee is still too high, despite a cut of 17% approved by the Law Society council earlier this month, research has revealed.
The government has refused to be drawn into the row over controversial advice from the Law Society on Sharia-compliant wills, but insisted that it “does not, and cannot, change the law”.
A direct consequence of the government’s decision in May not to make any major changes to the regulatory framework for legal services is that it simultaneously fired the starting gun for the race to introduce major changes to the regulatory framework for legal services.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has removed reference to the Law Society’s controversial practice note on Sharia succession rules from its recent guidance on will drafting, it has emerged.
The Bar Council has announced that it will shortly be issuing guidance on the new consumer contract regulations – more than a month after they came into force and two months after the Law Society issued its guidance.
The Law Society has teamed up with software company Mastek UK Limited to deliver its conveyancing portal, which aims to speed up the home-buying process. The pair have set up a joint venture company called Legal Practice Technologies Ltd.