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Survey: not-for-profits eye charging for advice to survive LASPO

Nearly a fifth of not-for-profit legal advice centres are planning to charge for services as a strategy to survive cuts in legal aid, a study into the impact of the reforms has revealed. But the study found widespread fear of redundancy across the sector.

April 8th, 2013 | No Comments »

SRA set to offer informed guidance but not safe harbour over referral fee ban

The board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority will tomorrow be asked to confirm an outcomes-focused approach to implementing the referral fee ban, along with a commitment to develop guidance “as our knowledge of different schemes increases” – although this will fall short of ‘safe harbour’ advice.

January 22nd, 2013 | No Comments »

Government will not set limit on payments permitted under referral fee ban exception

The government is not currently planning to set an upper limit on payments that are exempt from the referral fee ban as “consideration for services”, it has announced. The news came as the Claims Management Regulator issued preliminary guidance on how it will approach the ban.

November 23rd, 2012 | Comments Off on Government will not set limit on payments permitted under referral fee ban exception

InjuryLawyers4u confident over referral fee ban as it opens up panel for first time in eight years

InjuryLawyers4u, arguably the UK’s leading solicitors’ marketing consortium, is opening up its panel for the first time in more than eight years. There are currently 43 firms on the panel, collectively spending millions on advertising the service.

November 14th, 2012 | Comments Off on InjuryLawyers4u confident over referral fee ban as it opens up panel for first time in eight years

Law centre submits ABS application as not-for-profit sector gears up for legal aid cuts

A north London law centre is on course to become the first owner of a not-for-profit alternative business structure, subject to receiving approval. The venture is an example of government-approved efforts by law centres to mitigate the effects of legal aid cuts.

November 5th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Smith: put online NHS Direct for law at heart of radically reformed legal aid system

An online NHS Direct for law, supported by 30 law centre-type operations in key areas around the country, should form the basis of a radical new approach to publicly funded legal services, according to a leading legal thinker.

October 22nd, 2012 | 2 Comments »

SRA: firms will have to decide for themselves if they are breaching referral fee ban

It will be for law firms to work out if they are complying with the ban on referral fees in personal injury cases, with the law drafted in such a way to make some collective marketing schemes “vulnerable to being in breach”, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has warned.

September 5th, 2012 | Comments Off on SRA: firms will have to decide for themselves if they are breaching referral fee ban

LSB warns regulators over referral fee ban as government unveils CMC crackdown

The Legal Services Board has warned regulators not to go further than the legislative requirements for the impending ban on referral fees in personal injury, calling for “a liberal approach” that does not prevent alternative business structures effectively circumventing it.

August 23rd, 2012 | No Comments »

SRA finds support for outcomes-focused approach to referral fee ban

There is broad support for an outcomes-focused approach to implementing the ban on referral fees in personal injury cases, according to early indications from the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s consultation on the issue.

August 13th, 2012 | No Comments »

Complex legal products risk the law’s own mis-selling scandal, ombudsman warns

The Chief Legal Ombudsman today warned of the risk of a payment protection insurance-type scandal engulfing the legal profession after collecting evidence of clients being sold complex and confusing legal products that they often struggled to understand.

July 11th, 2012 | No Comments »