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LSB removes run-off obstacle to firms switching regulators

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The Legal Services Board has approved a rule change by the Solicitors Regulation Authority which will make it easier for law firms to switch regulators. In a move which is likely to see more firms leave the SRA than join it, the requirement that they must obtain six years of run-off cover before switching to another regulator will be removed.

October 5th, 2017

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

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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

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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

March of accountants halted as Lidington rejects bid to handle tax litigation and advocacy

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The Lord Chancellor, David Lidington, has unexpectedly rejected the Legal Services Board’s recommendation that chartered accountants should be able to handle litigation, advocacy and legal instruments in taxation work. It is the first time the Ministry of Justice has rejected a regulatory extension of this nature,

September 22nd, 2017

Judge throws McKenzie Friend out of court over “tirade” against him and solicitors

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A district judge has explained how he had to throw a McKenzie Friend out of his court after she disrupted proceedings and threatened complaints against him and the other side’s solicitors. Mary Bennett was aiding the husband in the final hearing of a wife’s application for financial remedies in a divorce.

September 21st, 2017

Director ban for boss of rogue CMC that plagued public with automated calls

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The owner of a claims management company fined £175,000 for cold-calling consumers and described as demonstrating “the worst excesses of the industry”, has now been banned as a director for six years. The Information Commissioner’s Office received 5,535 complaints in the space of just four months.

September 21st, 2017

Trainee solicitor handed suspended jail sentence for providing illegal advice


A trainee solicitor has been handed a suspended jail sentence after being convicted of providing illegal immigration advice and services. The judge said he had set out to deceive vulnerable clients seeking help with immigration applications.

August 29th, 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

Number and turnover of personal injury CMCs continues to tumble

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The turnover of personal injury claims management companies (CMCs) has continued to tumble over the past year, falling 41% in just two years to £182m, according to the Ministry of Justice, which also highlighted how CMCs that offer damages-based agreements are struggling to comply with the law.

August 7th, 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