Legal Executives

Former CILEx member jailed for unregulated immigration advice

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A one-time member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has been jailed for providing unregulated immigration advice. Prince Adewale Adeola, 53, was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to 11 charges.

October 12th, 2017

Solicitor General urges legal executives to seek judicial appointment

Robert Buckland at CILEx

The Solicitor General has urged chartered legal executives to apply for judicial appointment in a bid to help make the bench more diverse. At the same time, a Sikh circuit judge told them that those entering the law from a non-traditional background had to have the mindset that they are better than those from a traditional one.

October 10th, 2017

LSB gives thumbs up to regulators’ action plans for price and service transparency

Neil Buckley

The Legal Services Board has marked as “sufficient” action plans produced by legal regulators to introduce price transparency and release other information to the public to help with purchasing decisions. The verdict on the original action plans published at the end of June came in the wake of the regulators moving to the next stage of consulting on how they would implement transparency.

October 3rd, 2017

Revealed: BSB set to expand price transparency obligation beyond public access to referral Bar

Sheila Kumar 2

The Bar Standards Board will say today that new rules on publishing prices should extend to referral barristers as well as those handling public access work. It comes as the Council for Licensed Conveyancers also issued their plans for improving transparency to help the consumers of legal services.

October 2nd, 2017

HMCTS delays flexible operating hours pilots and commits to working with profession

Susan Acland-Hood

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has delayed the start of the flexible operating hours pilot until next February, its chief executive announced today. Susan Acland-Hood also made it clear that she was listening to the concerns raised by the legal profession about both the current problems with listing and how flexible hours might work.

September 21st, 2017

CILEx unveils bid to be next ABS licensing authority

Millie Grant

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has become the latest legal regulator to apply to license alternative business structures. Chartered legal executives have been able to set up their own law firms since 2015, but not if they have non-lawyer ownership or investment.

September 11th, 2017

Lawyers face prosecution threat over financial sanctions compliance

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Lawyers are among those who could face prosecution if they fail to report information that could undermine UK financial sanctions, after a change to the law that came into force this week. “Independent legal professionals”, along with trust or company service providers, accountants and others are now captured by the European Union Financial Sanctions Regulations 2017.

August 10th, 2017

LSB fires warning shot over SRA closing board meetings as it applauds regulators’ performance

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The Legal Services Board has given the frontline regulators largely positive reviews of their performance, but warned the Solicitors Regulation Authority that it will be monitoring the impact of its controversial decision to end public and press access to board meetings

July 6th, 2017

Regulators to take price transparency rules slowly as SRA outlines limited pilot

Competition and Markets Authority

Legal regulators have responded cautiously to the Competition and Markets Authority’s recommendations on price transparency, pledging to pilot regulatory requirements and test their effects on the lawyers and firms they regulate. They promised to implement controversial measures to encourage lawyers to publish prices if possible.

June 30th, 2017

Passed on Thursday, in force today – new AML regulations thrust on profession

Money Laundering Series

Law firm compliance officers and money laundering reporting officers have been scrambling to get to grips with the biggest shake-up in anti-money laundering rules in a decade, with the final regulations – which were only published on Thursday – coming into force today.

June 26th, 2017