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Lord Chief Justice calls for codification of criminal law

The Lord Chief Justice has revived Lord Bingham’s call for criminal law to be codified in a single document. Among the arguments put forward by Lord Thomas were there were fewer criminal law specialists as expertise was “increasingly diverted elsewhere”.

July 8th, 2016 | No Comments »

BSB sticks to its guns on limited ABS licensing

The Bar Standards Board has rejected suggestions that its application to become an alternative business structure licensing authority will unnecessarily restrict the extent of non-lawyer ownership and so have a detrimental effect on competition.

December 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

Judges must not speak out on matters “hotly debated in Parliament”, Beatson LJ says

It would be wrong for judges to “intervene or to comment while a matter is being hotly debated in parliament”, Lord Justice Beatson has said. He said that judges may have to respond in private in “exceptional circumstances”.

June 15th, 2015 | No Comments »

LCJ: why is the cost of legal services increasing, despite more competition?

“Steps must be taken” to find out why the cost of legal services is increasing, despite the changed market and “great number of providers”, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, has said.

December 16th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Retiring law firm partners to be offered short cut to senior judiciary

There is to be a drive to recruit retiring law firm partners to the senior judiciary in a bid to improve diversity, it has emerged. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, said he is looking at a “more sensible way” of recruiting partners who retire early onto the High Court bench.

November 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

Lord Chancellors should be legally qualified, Lord Judge says

Lord Judge, the former Lord Chief Justice (LCJ), has told peers that Lord Chancellors should have “some legal qualification”.

July 31st, 2014 | No Comments »

Lord Chief Justice calls for single regulator

In a major speech on the future of the law, the Lord Chief Justice has said “there has to be a single regulator” for the legal professions. He also predicted a raft of radical reforms to the litigation process to make it more affordable.

June 20th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

LSB may call time on separate business rule over fears it could inhibit ABSs

The rule which prevents solicitors and in the future alternative business structures (ABSs) from hiving off unreserved legal work into unregulated businesses may stifle new entrants to the market, the Legal Services Board has warned. The board is now considering a review of the rule’s “continuing relevance”.

July 6th, 2011 | 2 Comments »

SRA receives green light to license ABSs

The Legal Services Board is to recommend to the Lord Chancellor that the Law Society – through the Solicitors Regulation Authority – become an alternative business structure licensing authority. However, there has been a disagreement over the separate business rule.

June 16th, 2011 | No Comments »