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Law Society condemns SRA plans for solicitor-free workplace training

The Law Society has condemned the Solicitors Regulation Authority over plans to allow workplace training for solicitors to take place in organisations without any solicitors. The society warned that the proposals could “seriously undermine” high standards.

July 31st, 2017 | No Comments »

Law firms, legal executives and licensed conveyancers join forces to lobby for leasehold reform

A new property law alliance, the Legal Sector Group, has written to the government with a detailed set of proposals on leasehold reform. It brings together the Conveyancing Association, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, the Society of Licensed Conveyancers and the Bold Legal Group. The Law Society has decided not to join.

June 21st, 2017 | No Comments »

Law Society publishes first slavery and human trafficking statement

The Law Society has issued its first slavery and human trafficking statement, in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, emphasising its commitment to ensuring that “such practices have no place within its supply chain or other activities”.

June 6th, 2017 | No Comments »

Online court “visible by September and no big bang”, top judge reveals

The first signs of an online court will be visible in tribunals by September, online processes will be extended to a wide range of civil court proceedings by May 2020, and the reforms will be incremental, according to one of the judges in charge.

February 22nd, 2017 | 2 Comments »

Law Society: technological innovation “will determine law firms’ success”

A typical law firm in the future will accommodate a new generation of disruptive technologies, such as virtual assistants, machine learning and automation, but legal services must not lose their human touch, a major Law Society report on technological innovation has urged.

January 25th, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Law Society warns solicitors may be damaged by Brexit

US law firms will have less incentive to employ UK-qualified lawyers as a way to access European market and the UK solicitor title will become less desirable after a hard Brexit, the Law Society has warned. In any event, transitional arrangements to ensure continuity if negotiations are not concluded with two years after article 50 is triggered are essential,

January 16th, 2017 | No Comments »

Mixed response to LSB’s plan for regulatory overhaul, with Falconer calling for focus on unmet legal need instead

Reactions from key legal services industry bodies to the Legal Services Board’s blueprint for radical form of legal regulation have ranged from enthusiastic welcome to anger at its timing, while the politician who introduced the Legal Services Act 2007 said tackling unmet legal need was more of a priority.

September 14th, 2016 | No Comments »

Law Society goes to war on SRA code of conduct reform

The Law Society has issued a damning critique of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s proposals for a streamlined code of conduct and – to a lesser extent – its planned overhaul of the accounts rules. The code of conduct proposals were misconceived, unnecessary, unclear, and would create a two-tier profession, it said.

September 9th, 2016 | No Comments »

LSB pushes for fully independent regulators to prevent professional bodies resisting reforms

The Legal Services Board has argued more strongly than ever that professional bodies must be fully separated from regulators. In a letter to the justice select committee, Sir Michael Pitt, chairman of the LSB, argued that there was scope under existing arrangements for them to “resist reforms”.

July 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Law Society and CLC clash on switching regulators

The Law Society and Council for Licensed Conveyancers have clashed plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to make it easier for law firms to switch regulator. The society warned that clients could be left without proper cover.

July 18th, 2016 | No Comments »






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