Legal Executives

Break your silence on legal aid cuts, lawyers tell Legal Services Board

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If the Legal Services Board is serious about promoting access to justice it must end its silence on the legal aid cuts, lawyers’ organisations have said. The Bar Council accused the oversight regulator of acting like “another department of government” by refusing to comment.

February 22nd, 2018

Cry freedom: SRA wants to become separate legal entity from Law Society

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Legal regulators have urged the Legal Services Board to use its review of the internal governance rules to give them greater independence from their representative bodies. The Solicitors Regulation Authority said the rewrite of the rules should allow it to become a “separate legal entity” from the Law Society.

February 16th, 2018

Bar Standards Board to regulate firm led by chartered legal executive

Frantz Iwu

The Bar Standards Board is to regulate a law firm led by a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, it has emerged. No practising barristers will be involved in the firm, but its principal is also an unregistered (ie, non-practising) barrister.

February 8th, 2018

Groundbreakers: CILEx firm aims to train solicitors as BSB firm takes on pupil

Andrew McKie PIF 2017

A law firm regulated by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives is aiming to supervise the training of solicitors in what is understood to be the first move of its kind. In a separate development, a law firm regulated by the Bar Standards Board has started a pupillage scheme, in what might well also be a first.

January 18th, 2018

CILEx moves governance reform forward with first group chair as new Bar chief takes reins

Chris Bones CILEx

Professor Chris Bones has been named the first chair of the CILEx Group as the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives presses ahead with its major governance restructuring. He has experience in the private, public and third sectors, notably becoming the first non-academic dean of Henley Business School.

January 4th, 2018

LSB rejects call to harmonise indemnity insurance and compensation rules

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The Legal Services Board has rejected a call from its consumer panel to consider a centralised regime of financial protection for clients to replace what the panel called the “fragmented” nature of insurance and compensation arrangements across the different legal regulators.

December 1st, 2017

Six years after it was due to begin, BSB pulls the plug on QASA

Dr Vanessa Davies 2015 2

The Bar Standards Board effectively killed the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) today – six years after it was meant to come into force – by saying it was pulling out to go in a different direction to assure the quality of criminal advocates. QASA was originally meant to start in December 2011.

November 29th, 2017

LSB reveals “stream of disagreements” as it begins review of regulatory independence rules

Neil Buckley

A “steady stream of disagreements” between legal regulators and representative bodies means the rules governing their relationships may need to be rewritten, the Legal Services Board said yesterday. The oversight regulator said it had been notified of 30 disputes over the past three years.

November 10th, 2017

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