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

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 | No Comments »

SRA asks: Are solicitors to blame for declining criminal advocacy standards?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to research this year whether standards of criminal advocacy are declining and whether solicitors are to blame. As part of the research, the SRA said it would ask judges whether solicitor-advocates were “working beyond their level of competence”.

January 8th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Legal regulators should work “much more closely together”, Conservative MP says

An influential Conservative MP has said he is “very keen” to see how the legal regulators could work “much more closely together”. Alberto Costa is a solicitor and member of the justice select committee.

December 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

Government-funded legal apprenticeships set to start next year

Legal apprenticeships funded by the government are on course to start next September, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers have confirmed.

September 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

Quayle u-turn leaves CILEx Regulation searching for new chair

CILEx Regulation – the regulatory arm of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives – is searching for a new chairman after the man who was due to take over last week decided against doing so. In February, CILEx announced that Quinton Quayle, a former British ambassador to Thailand, had been appointed.

June 11th, 2015 | No Comments »

Lawyers urged to play it cool with litigants in person

Solicitors, barristers and legal executives have been told by their professional bodies to be polite and non-judgemental when dealing with litigants in person (LiPs), and take “extra care to avoid using inflammatory words or phrases”.

June 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

Keep legal executives out of the Crown Court, Rivlin report demands

A report for the Bar Council on the future of criminal justice and advocacy has recommended that legal executives are kept out of the Crown Courts, while solicitors should only be granted rights of audience if they have undergone the same level of training as barristers.

March 31st, 2015 | No Comments »

“Strong interest” from new and existing firms in seeking CILEx regulation

There has been strong interest from new and existing law firms in being overseen by the regulatory arm of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), it said yesterday, with over 50 enquiries.

January 16th, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB turns to CILEx to train non-legal staff

The Bar Standards Board has turned to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to provide training to members of staff without legal qualifications. Meanwhile, ILEX Professional Standards – CILEx’s regulatory arm – is on the hunt for a new chief executive.

December 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

IPS applies to raise fines limit for legal executives from £3,000 to £50m

ILEX Professional Standards (IPS) has applied to the Legal Services Board (LSB) to raise the maximum fines limit for chartered legal executives from the current £3,000 to a top level of £50m.

December 4th, 2014 | No Comments »