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Moorhead: Law Society wrong to say there is no evidence of poor-quality advocacy

The Law Society is wrong to suggest there is no evidence of a quality problem in criminal advocacy – according to one of the academics who produced it. Professor Richard Moorhead said there were failures “unparalleled in any assessment of lawyer quality in which I have been involved”.

June 7th, 2011 | No Comments »

Solicitors make last-ditch bid to halt “unjustified” advocacy quality scheme

The Law Society has launched what appears to be a last-ditch bid to persuade the Legal Services Board to scrap the proposed scheme to assess the quality of criminal advocacy, saying there is no evidence to support the assertion that standards have fallen.

June 7th, 2011 | No Comments »

SRA reignites debate over judicial assessment of advocates

The board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority today called for talks with a senior judge over concerns about the role of judges in assessing the quality of criminal law advocates.

June 1st, 2011 | No Comments »

Regulators change name of advocacy scheme in face of legal threat from education body

The Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and ILEX Professional Standards have been forced to change the name of their advocacy quality scheme after they were threatened with legal action.

May 5th, 2011 | No Comments »

Revised QAA will allow advocates to progress without judicial evaluations

Advocates seeking accreditation under the quality assurance for advocates (QAA) scheme will be allowed to opt for an assessment centre route rather than judges’ evaluations alone, under new proposals being debated today.

April 27th, 2011 | No Comments »

Expert group to advise on advocacy scheme as Bar regulator hits out at LSB once more

Lord Justice Thomas is heading a new expert group to advise the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and ILEX Professional Standards on developing and operating the controversial quality assurance for advocates scheme, it has emerged. Meanwhile, the BSB has hit out again at the Legal Services Board’s “unhelpful and ill-timed” intervention over the scheme.

January 24th, 2011 | No Comments »

Exclusive: LSB poised to use enforcement powers for first time in “test of credibility”

The Legal Services Board is explicitly threatening the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and ILEX Professional Standards with using its formal enforcement powers for the first time over their quality assurance for advocates scheme, Legal Futures can reveal. The regulators have branded the move as neither “helpful nor necessary”.

January 9th, 2011 | 1 Comment »