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BSB to develop ‘professional statement’

The Bar Standards Board is to launch a ‘professional statement’ which, like the ‘competence statement’ being developed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, will attempt to describe the knowledge and skills barristers should possess at the point of qualification.

November 13th, 2014 | No Comments »

Good drafting more important than SRA rules, say clients

Consumers and businesses believe that drafting “legally accurate and effective” documents is a more important quality of a competent solicitor than following professional rules, a major study has found.

November 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

“Nobody listens to the Law Society”, says leading academic

Professor Avrom Sherr, one of the country’s leading legal academics, has said that “nobody listens to the Law Society” since it lost its regulatory role.

November 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

Law school chiefs warn against central assessment test for would-be solicitors

Legal education providers have warned that the possible introduction of a new, centralised assessment test for all would-be solicitors by the Solicitors Regulation Authority could be “a step back”.

November 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

LSB presses on with statutory guidance forcing regulators to liberalise education and training

Statutory guidance that requires legal regulators to move away from assuming would-be lawyers have to spend a certain amount of time training before they qualify was published yesterday by the Legal Services Board.

March 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

SRA plans radical liberalisation of CPD requirements

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is looking at whether to abolish all of the prescriptive requirements around continuing professional development (CPD) and leave it to solicitors and their firms to decide how best to ensure their continuing competence.

February 6th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

2014 – are your compliance officers ready for it?

Let’s not underestimate the pace of change in the legal regulatory landscape over the past couple of years. Developments have been unprecedented, relentless and, at times, frustrating. 2014 is set to be another busy year for compliance officers with yet more regulatory upheaval. And it all kicks off in January with a review of the compliance officer for finance and administration (COFA) role.

January 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Latest SRA move to slash red tape could boost number of training contracts

Much of the red tape around the training of solicitors would be swept away if proposals before the Solicitors Regulation Authority are adopted, including abandoning a ceiling on the number of trainees firms are allowed to take on.

November 27th, 2013 | No Comments »

Plant hits out at City law firms over trainee recruitment

The ex-City lawyer chairman of the Solicitors Regulation Authority has questioned the recruitment methods of City law firms in making university students decide to become commercial lawyers so early on in their legal careers.

October 21st, 2013 | 2 Comments »

SRA to strip away restrictions on qualifying as a solicitor

Would-be solicitors may be able to design their own routes to qualification – which need not involve a degree, legal practice course or training contract – under a blueprint for radical reform of education and training published today by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

October 15th, 2013 | No Comments »