Will writers have become the first practitioners to sign up to a new register of paralegals, which is set to be launched next month as part of an effort to set standards for the non-authorised legal professionals.
The Legal Ombudsman should have jurisdiction over non-lawyer employment advisers as part of work to improve consumer protection in the field, employment judges have suggested. Their primary concern was the lack of consistency in the redress available to claimants.
The Institute of Legal Executives is considering whether to become the first legal body to require newly qualified members to take a ‘lawyer’s oath’ equivalent to the Hippocratic Oath doctors take on qualification.
Those of us with recent experiences of the Financial Services Authority’s changing approach to regulating its industry firms, should be forgiven a wry smile on reading SRA board chairman Charles Plant’s article on ‘outcomes-focused regulation’ which appeared in the Law Society Gazette on 11 February 2010.
The Association of Law Costs Draftsmen is calling for the title of ‘law costs draftsmen’ to be protected as part of a modernisation push at the smallest of the approved regulators.
The case to regulate will-writers in England and Wales is likely to strengthen with moves by the Scottish Executive to introduce regulation north of the border.
Emergency SRA inspections of firms where property fraud is suspected are estimated to have saved lenders £15-20m in the past nine months, the authority has announced.
I’m not sure whether or not it is ironic that the Legal Services Act – which in many senses in a deregulatory measure – may well end up delivering tighter regulation of legal services in some ways.
Seven in 10 Scots want independent regulation for lawyers, a survey by Which? has found. The Legal Services (Scotland) Bill – introducing similar reforms to the Legal Services Act 2007 south of the border – is in the early stages of its passage through the Scottish Parliament.