- Monday, 18 February 2013
It’s not like the Legal Services Board (LSB) to spring a surprise, but its announcement last week that it was not going to recommend that estate administration become a reserved legal activity – while pushing ahead with will-writing – certainly was one. My initial reaction, along with many of those reported on Legal Futures last week, was one of bafflement. Surely of the three elements of the process – will writing, probate and estate administration – it is the latter where the highest risk of fraud occurs and thus where regulation is most needed. Instead the first two will be. I understand that it was a real knife-edge decision by the LSB, and on reflection I think I agree with it.
Tags: activity based regulation, Law Society, Legal Services Board, Solicitors Regulation Authority, will-writing
Posted in Blog
- Friday, 18 January 2013
Regulators need to speed up their processes for approving alternative business structures, the Office of Fair Trading said today. It also called for further simplification of the complaints system, recommended actions to increase the number of available pupillages and gave cautious support for the move away from title-based regulation.
Tags: activity based regulation, Council for Licensed Conveyancers, Legal Ombudsman, LeO, pupillage, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Alternative business structures, Barristers, Latest news, Legal Ombudsman, Legal Services Board, Other lawyers, Solicitors
- Monday, 6 August 2012
The Legal Services Board has begun work on moving towards regulating lawyers based on the work they do, rather than on their professional title, Legal Futures can reveal. However, it acknowledged that there will be huge historical and cultural barriers to overcome.
Tags: activity based regulation, Legal Services Board
Posted in Latest news, Legal Services Board
- Monday, 21 May 2012
Lawyers’ legal education and training should be aimed at the specific activities they will be authorised to practise rather than at achieving a particular title, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has urged.
Tags: activity based regulation, continuing professional development, CPD, legal education and training review, Legal Services Consumer Panel
Posted in Consumer panel, hrtraining, Latest news
TV dramas have made many people think that the legal profession consists of heroes (or villains) in high-flying firms or public prosecution. In reality, nearly a quarter of solicitors work in-house.
Increasing demand for ‘hot’ areas of law inspires opportunist law firms to hire more specialists to add to their firepower – the right people at the right time. Yet this is a big ask.
Learning has come a long way since I qualified. There’s a lot more knowledge available about how students learn and how different students learn differently. It’s not one-size-fits-all anymore.