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Regulation round-up: consumers to have 12 months to complain to LeO, plus SRA, LSB and IPS news

The six-month time limit for clients to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) is to be doubled from this summer, it has announced. The new time limit, which takes effect from 9 July, runs from the date of receiving a final response from the lawyer.

March 24th, 2015 | No Comments »

Lawyers grumble about PC fees without knowing what they’re paying for, survey reveals

Many lawyers, particularly solicitors and barristers, complain about their practising certificate (PC) fees, but there are high levels of ignorance about what they are paying for, a major cost of regulation survey has found.

March 18th, 2015 | No Comments »

LSB: regulators making progress – but not on understanding users of legal services

The profession’s regulators are not doing enough to understand the consumers of lawyers’ services, the Legal Services Board has warned. But it said there has been progress since the first assessment in 2012/13.

February 26th, 2015 | No Comments »

Former diplomat becomes chair of IPS as Bradley leaves CLC

Quinton Quayle, a former British ambassador to Thailand, has been appointed chair of ILEX Professional Standards. Meanwhile, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers has announced that Anna Bradley is stepping down as chair after five years.

February 3rd, 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 »

Parliament clears way for legal executive law firms

Chartered legal executives will be able to set up their own law firms in the New Year – a move that ILEX Professional Standards said would for the first time also give solicitors’ firms a choice of regulator, and that the government said would help consumers access legal services.

November 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Regulators advised to introduce extra checks as way to avoid costly judicial reviews

Regulators should consider introducing a third-party review system of administrative decisions as a way to ward off the threat of expensive judicial reviews (JRs), a report by City law firm Devonshires has recommended.

October 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

Court of Appeal throws out QASA challenge

The Court of Appeal today comprehensively dismissed four criminal law barristers’ challenge to the Legal Services Board’s approval of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates. With the Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, giving the lead judgment, the court found that the scheme is lawful.

October 7th, 2014 | 1 Comment »