- Wednesday, 26 April 2017
The Scottish government has launched its own version of the Clementi review by appointing a panel of non-lawyers and lawyers to examine the regulation of the profession, with a particular focus on unregulated providers and their impact on consumers.
Tags: complaints, unregulated providers
Posted in Latest news, Regulation
- Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Lawyers should control the supply of “so-called standard electronic documents”, such as confidentiality deeds or contracts, a report has suggested. The report also highlighted the ethical and regulatory issues raised by artificial intelligence.
Tags: artificial intelligence, online documents, unregulated providers
Posted in Latest news, Practice points, Regulation, Technology
- Monday, 1 February 2016
The former chair of the Law Society’s land law and conveyancing committee, who was struck off last summer, has helped his wife set up an unregulated law firm, it has emerged. Richard Barnett, former senior partner of Southport firm Barnetts, is a consultant at Legal Heroes.
Tags: Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, unregulated providers
Posted in Latest news, Regulation, Solicitors
- Monday, 16 February 2015
The Legal Services Consumer Panel has given “qualified support” to plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to rewrite the separate business rule. The panel said the existing rule had “fallen into disrepute”.
Tags: Legal Services Consumer Panel, separate business rule, Solicitors Regulation Authority, unregulated providers
Posted in Consumer panel, Latest news, Legal Services Act, Regulation, Solicitors
- Thursday, 11 December 2014
Sir Michael Pitt, chairman of the Legal Services Board, said yesterday that he wanted to present the new government after next year’s general election with an agreed “range of options” for the future of regulation.
Tags: Legal Services Board, Single regulator, unregulated providers
Posted in Latest news, Legal Services Act, Legal Services Board
- Tuesday, 22 July 2014
The new chair of the Office for Legal Complaints – which oversees the Legal Ombudsman – has outlined his ambition for the service to cover unregulated providers of legal services and those offering legal advice as part of a wider package.
Tags: Legal Ombudsman, Office for Legal Complaints, unregulated providers
Posted in Latest news, Legal Ombudsman
- Monday, 14 March 2011
New consumer research from the Solicitors Regulation Authority has strengthened the case for stringent controls of law firms and alternative business structures which seek to hive off unreserved legal work to an unregulated business.
Tags: ABS, Alternative business structures, reserved legal activities, separate business rule, Solicitors Regulation Authority, unregulated providers
Posted in Alternative business structures, News, Solicitors
Planning for retirement
8 July 2020
In 2006 I started thinking about retirement whilst founding a boutique practice specialising in partnership and employment law. Ten years later, a friend told me that I would never be able to retire.
Time for a new regulatory settlement
3 July 2020
The problem with reform based on a compromise with vested interests is that it ends up being more pig’s ear than silk purse and the Legal Services Act 2007 is no exception.