- Thursday, 1 August 2013
The Legal Services Board’s initial probe into the independent regulation of barristers uncovered “a number of concerns about the Bar Council’s and the Bar Standards Board’s behaviour at both junior and senior executive as well as board level”, it has emerged.
Tags: Bar Council, bar standards board, independence, Legal Services Board
Posted in Barristers, Latest news, Legal Services Board
- Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Insurance companies could buy law firms and use them as conduits to sell their products to consumers if the Solicitors Regulation Authority changes the rules on referring clients to financial advisers, it has been warned.
Tags: ABS, Alternative business structures, financial services, Financial Services Authority, independence
Posted in Alternative business structures, Latest news, Solicitors
- Monday, 13 February 2012
The Legal Services Board has stepped into the controversy around the International Monetary Fund’s push to make countries receiving financial bailouts reform their legal professions as part of the deal.
Tags: independence, Ireland, Legal Services Board
Posted in Latest news, Legal Services Board
- Thursday, 17 November 2011
We may be in an era of outcomes-focused regulation, but nobody thought to tell those who drew up the deal between the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority over their governance arrangements. To me it is further evidence that the arrangement by which the SRA is both independent and yet part of the Law Society is unlikely to stand the test of time
Tags: Bar Council, bar standards board, independence, internal governance rules, Law Society, Legal Services Act, Legal Services Board, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Blog
- Monday, 11 April 2011
A groundbreaking assessment of the progress in delivering the legal services reforms from a consumer perspective is the centrepiece of the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s plan for the forthcoming year, delegates at today’s Legal Futures Conference will hear. The idea of a “single regulatory badge” will also be floated, along with good practice standards for legal comparison websites
Tags: consumer interest, Consumer Welfare Index, independence, Legal Services Board, Legal Services Consumer Panel, price comparison, quality, quality assurance, reserved legal activities
Posted in Consumer panel, News
- Tuesday, 9 November 2010
This is a blog I didn’t expect to write. We all know the independence of the legal profession from government is robust, right? In the summer I was speaking to Carolyn Lamm, the then president of the American Bar Association, about alternative business structures. When I asked if we had covered all of her concerns, she surprised me by raising the independence issue.
Tags: independence, Legal Ombudsman, Legal Services Board, Legal Services Consumer Panel
Posted in Blog