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Bar Standards Board to “research need for accreditation schemes”

The Bar Standards (BSB) has promised to research “the need for other quality assurance schemes and/or accreditation schemes” so the public can have confidence in barristers.

August 4th, 2014 | No Comments »

Regulators told to release law firm quality indicators and co-operate with comparison websites

Regulators of the legal profession will have to gather and publish evidence of where lawyers are falling down on quality – including information on disciplinary action – following a wide-ranging review by the Legal Services Board.

September 18th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Consumer panel targets "sub-standard" legal advice

There is evidence that the quality of legal advice is “too often sub-standard”, meaning the safety net for consumers needs to be enhanced, the Legal Services Consumer Panel said today as it launched its work programme for the next year.

April 16th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Divisions over advocacy scheme harden as regulators face battle to keep it alive

Divisions over quality assurance for advocates have deepened after solicitors were advised not to take part in a Bar Standards Board survey on the issue, while specialist Bar associations have been urged to oppose QASA as well.

February 20th, 2012 | 3 Comments »

To reserve or not to reserve? That might not be the question

Moves are afoot to examine whether will-writing, probate and estate administration should be re-classified as a reserved activity and brought within the sole preserve of the legal profession. The review is conducted amidst a background of concerns about the quality of advice being received by consumers, particularly by those outside of the ‘legal’ framework.

February 2nd, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Consumer panel: strip incompetent QCs of their rank as part of bid to improve quality marks

QCs should lose their title if they fall below an acceptable standard, the Legal Services Consumer Panel suggested today in a report that calls on legal bodies that run voluntary quality schemes to improve checks on lawyers’ continuing competence so as to boost consumer confidence.

November 24th, 2011 | 2 Comments »

Price comparison websites and “single regulatory badge” face LSB quality probe

The role of price comparison and customer review websites are set to come under scrutiny from the Legal Services Board as part of efforts to help consumers judge the technical quality of the legal advice they receive. It will also consider whether a “badge” would distinguish regulated and non-regulated providers.

May 13th, 2011 | No Comments »

Regulators change name of advocacy scheme in face of legal threat from education body

The Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and ILEX Professional Standards have been forced to change the name of their advocacy quality scheme after they were threatened with legal action.

May 5th, 2011 | No Comments »

Revised QAA will allow advocates to progress without judicial evaluations

Advocates seeking accreditation under the quality assurance for advocates (QAA) scheme will be allowed to opt for an assessment centre route rather than judges’ evaluations alone, under new proposals being debated today.

April 27th, 2011 | No Comments »

SRA poised to mystery shop conveyancing firms over fees and publicity

The Solicitors Regulation Authority could “mystery shop” conveyancing firms to check whether their costs information and publicity about charges are misleading, it has revealed. At the same time, the Legal Services Board announced that it is to consider a major review of conveyancing.

April 21st, 2011 | No Comments »