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Law Society Sharia wills guidance “cannot change the law”, justice minister says

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”.

July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

Where now for legal regulation?

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.

July 24th, 2014 | No Comments »

SRA ducks out of row over Law Society advice on Shariah-compliant wills

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.

July 16th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Bar Council to give guidance on consumer contract regulations – more than a month late

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.

July 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

Law Society signs joint venture deal to create conveyancing portal

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.

July 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

Naked Legal offers stripped-down advice service

A a stripped-down telephone advice service for a single pre-payment fee of £45 was launched this week by legal entrepreneur Brad Askew. Naked Legal does not offer formal legal advice, nor does it refer clients who need that advice to lawyers.

July 4th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

New LSB chairman joins calls for single regulator

Sir Michael Pitt, the new chairman of the Legal Services Board, has joined calls by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, and Lord Neuberger, president of the Supreme Court, for a single regulator.

July 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Revealed: Law Society’s plans for £400,000 advertising campaign – and staff “story telling tool”

The Law Society is to spend £400,000 on its annual advertising campaign, which will this year be focused mainly on a range of private client services from solicitors, Legal Futures can reveal.

June 30th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Law Society spending to rise but cost of practising to fall significantly

The Law Society is set to reduce the cost of practising by around 20%, even though its budget is going up in 2014/15. The net funding requirement for the next financial year is £116.7m, a 3.7% increase on this year’s budget.

June 26th, 2014 | No Comments »

Survey: solicitors healthy but workload and client expectations cause severe stress

One in six solicitors complain of being under severe stress, although almost nine out ten reported they were in good health – substantially more than workers among the general population, according to Law Society research.

June 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »