- Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Solicitors in law firms are slightly more diverse than the rest of society, the results of the profession-wide diversity monitoring undertaken by the Solicitors Regulation Authority have shown.
Tags: ethnic minority, law firms, Solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in hrtraining, Latest news, Practice points, Regulation, Solicitors
- Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Most aspects of legal services can be delivered nationally and there is still significant potential for big brands to come in and provide large scale, lower cost services, according to a major report into competition in the solicitors’ market.
Tags: Legal Services Board, Solicitors
Posted in Alternative business structures, Latest news, Legal Services Act, Legal Services Board, Market monitor
- Monday, 5 March 2012
While alternative business structures are gaining all the headlines right now, something perhaps even more fundamental is going on this year: the Legal Education and Training Review. Many know it’s happening, but I suspect few quite understand how radically it could reshape the foundation of becoming a lawyer. I don’t think I did until last week, when I attended the first of a series of five seminars being run by the Legal Services Board, this one in association with the Legal Services Institute.
Tags: bar standards board, Barristers, ILEX Professional Standards, legal education, legal education and training review, legal practice course, licensed conveyancers, Solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority, will-writing
Posted in Blog
- Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Solicitors need to be vigilant about large debts being run up in their name as a result of fraudulent store card applications, Legal Futures Associate the Lawyers Defence Group has warned. The legal defence and advice organisation raised the alarm after it was revealed by one popular DIY store that a number of solicitors have been targeted in this way.
Tags: fraud, Solicitors
Posted in Indemnity insurance
- Monday, 1 November 2010
Solicitors are set to shoulder the vast majority of the Legal Services Board (LSB) and Legal Ombudsman’s (LeO) £25m annual running costs for the next three years at least, it emerged today. The LSB confirmed that it would proceed with its plan to levy its own £5m costs on the basis of the number of authorised persons overseen by each approved regulator, and most of LeO’s £20m costs based on the number of complaints generated by each group.
Tags: Bar Council, Barristers, Council for Licensed Conveyancers, Institute of Legal Executives, Law Society, Legal Executives, Legal Ombudsman, Legal Services Act, Legal Services Board, Master of the Faculties, Solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Barristers, Legal Executives, Legal Ombudsman, Legal Services Board, News, Other lawyers, Regulation, Solicitors
- Monday, 27 September 2010
It is “absolutely inevitable” that criminal legal aid practices will need to morph into a cross between a solicitors’ firm and barristers’ chambers, one of the founders of a groundbreaking firm in the north-east of England has claimed.
Tags: Barristers, criminal law, LDP, legal disciplinary practice, Solicitors
Posted in Alternative business structures, Market monitor, News
- Monday, 13 September 2010
The Council of Mortgage Lenders is investigating the case for making title insurance compulsory for all conveyancing transactions, it has emerged, as a Law Society committee said it should be looked at as a way to reduce solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance premiums.
Tags: conveyancing, Law Society, Solicitors
Posted in Indemnity insurance, News, Solicitors
- Tuesday, 11 May 2010
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will be able to formally rebuke solicitors and fine them up to £2,000 from next month, it has been confirmed. However, the potential conflict between the civil standard of proof that will be applied in such cases and the criminal standard used by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal – which will hear appeals against SRA decisions – has not yet been resolved and is likely to require further work.
Tags: Legal Services Board, Solicitors, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Latest news, Legal Services Board, Solicitors
If 2020 taught us anything, it is that lawyers will not disappear any time soon. Still, paper will gradually disappear in favour of digital tools, investment in technology and better ways of working.
Over the Christmas break while relaxing, I decided it would be a perfect time to catch up on a few stories from the legal sector to see how the profession was coping.