Legal Services Act

Government tells conveyancers to delay completions

27 March 2020

Conveyancers should continue to support the sales process “as far as possible” but look to change dates of completion during the lockdown, the government said yesterday.

Opinions split on SRA’s centralised higher rights test

27 March 2020

Plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to introduce a centralised test for solicitors wanting higher rights of audience have divided opinions among organisations and individual solicitors.

Knights cuts staff pay as Ince cancels dividend

26 March 2020

National firm Knights is to cut the salaries of all staff earning over £30,000 and has started a redundancy exercise, while fellow listed law firm Ince has cancelled its dividend payout.

Conveyancing: Government urges home movers to delay

26 March 2020

The government has urged home buyers and renters to delay moving to a new house if possible during the coronavirus lockdown and said there must be social distancing if they cannot.

Calls to protect criminal solicitors, pupils and LPC students

25 March 2020

Criminal defence solicitors have threatened to stop attending police stations and a protocol to protect pupil barristers was published among efforts to protect the profession during the pandemic.

Gateley ditches dividend payout to protect liquidity

25 March 2020

Listed law firm Gateley yesterday cancelled a dividend payout to ensure its short-term liquidity in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lord Chancellor praises lawyers’ “heroic” efforts

25 March 2020

The Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland yesterday praised lawyers for their “heroic efforts” in trying to keep trials going, but said the government was being criticised too harshly.

Time for Scotland to embrace ABSs, says watchdog

25 March 2020

The Competition and Markets Authority has called for alternative business structures to be allowed in Scotland, and for a shift to the independent regulation of lawyers.

Circuit leader tells barristers not to attend court today

24 March 2020

The leader of the North Eastern Circuit has urged his members not to attend any court hearings today in the wake of the government’s decision last night to lock down the UK.

Legal aid fraud trial stopped as barristers self-isolate

24 March 2020

The trial of nine lawyers over an alleged plot to scam £11m from the legal aid system was abandoned last Friday after several counsel withdrew to self-isolate.

MPs back Davies as new Legal Ombudsman chair

20 March 2020

MPs on the justice select committee have endorsed the appointment of Elisabeth Davies as chair of the Office for Legal Complaints, the board that oversees the Legal Ombudsman.

Consumer panel urges more fixed fees and SRA fining powers

19 March 2020

More use of fixed fees and an increase in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s fining powers are among recommendations made today by the Legal Services Consumer Panel.

Arizona looks to become first US state to allow ABSs

19 March 2020

Arizona has become the first state in the US to formally seek the introduction of alternative business structures, it has emerged.

“Outrage” as only partners are allowed to work from home

18 March 2020

A union representing legal workers has expressed “outrage” at the “classist allocation of risk” that is seeing law firm partners working from home while other staff are forced into the office.

Covid-19 round-up: BSB reassures barristers about rule breaches

18 March 2020

Barristers who follow official guidance on Covid-19 will not be in breach of their professional obligations, the BSB has said amid a range of developments in the courts, PI and conveyancing.

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