Legal Services Act

Legal market “inept” at dealing with vulnerable consumers, says watchdog

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The legal market has proven “inept” at responding to the needs of vulnerable consumers and its regulators are not coming up with a strategy to tackle the problem, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said. The watchdog said it was also concerned that regulators were not thinking about consumer confusion sufficiently as they looked to make the market more flexible.

April 23rd, 2018

CILEx Regulation seeks to reassure Lord Chief Justice over alternative business structures

Lord Justice Burnett

CILEx Regulation has moved to reassure the Lord Chief Justice over his concerns about its application to license alternative business structures. The regulator of chartered legal executives said that it would only look to regulate firms “that are relatively low risk and straightforward”.

April 20th, 2018

Government “unlikely” to hit April 2019 target for PI small claims limit as solicitor warns of “have a go” culture

David Bott PIF 2017

One of the claimant solicitors working with the Ministry of Justice on the new small claims limit for personal injury cases says he is operating on the assumption that it will not happen until October 2019 at the earliest – six months later than the government’s target. He also warned that the reforms may unintentionally trigger a “have a go” culture among claimants.

April 18th, 2018

Criminal defence lawyers face “extinction” as profession unites to fight for justice system

Law Society

Criminal defence lawyers in England and Wales could become “extinct”, the Law Society has warned on the back of data showing that this is an increasingly ageing part of the profession. It comes amid cross-profession unity for action over the huge damage lawyers say the government is causing the criminal justice system.

April 17th, 2018

LSB bids to allay MPs’ concerns after rejecting their plea to hold back on SQE decision

Helen Phillips - Chair of Chesterfeidl Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The interim chair of the Legal Services Board has explained to MPs on the justice select committee why the oversight regulator rejected their plea to postpone a decision on the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. The committee called on the board to defer its decision for six months.

April 16th, 2018

Only more complex cases are reaching us, says Legal Ombudsman as it hikes budget

Wanda Goldwag

Lawyers are getting better at handling complaints, meaning that those reaching the Legal Ombudsman are becoming more complex and costly, the organisation said last week in part justification for an increase in its budget for the second year running.

April 13th, 2018

New BSB-regulated firm targets young barristers and solicitors

Roshini Patel

A new law firm regulated by the Bar Standards Board aims to attract young barristers and solicitors interested in working together. Black Antelope Law is made up of two barristers, both of whom work on a direct access basis, and two solicitors. The lawyers work partly from home.

April 12th, 2018

Making conveyancing ‘easy’ – Sir Stelios enters legal market

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou

The founder of easyJet has entered the legal world today with the launch of easyConveyance, a conveyancing comparison tool. Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou said it was “time for the home buying process to be brought into the 21st century”.

April 11th, 2018

CMCs warned over “misleading headlines” in clickbait advertisements as directors are banned

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Claims management companies have been warned by their regulator not to use “misleading headlines” or “sensational language” in clickbait-style advertisements. Meanwhile, two directors of CMCs that made misleading sales calls and took unauthorised payments, have been disqualified by the High Court.

April 11th, 2018

Report predicts increased demand for commercial lawyers

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The value of the business legal services market will grow strongly over the next couple of years, powered partly by Brexit, a report has predicted. It also highlighted the importance of networking for commercial lawyers, with businesses large and small actively attending client seminars and other events.

April 10th, 2018