‘Culture change’ needed to embrace fee-charging McKenzie friends – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Fee-charging McKenzie friends increase access to justice and make up a “legitimate feature of the modern legal market”, according to a report published today by watchdog the Legal Services Consumer Panel. The president of the Law Society described the panel’s findings as “worrying”.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th April 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Funding Family Proceedings and Legal Services Orders – Family Law Week

‘Tony Ward, Family Law barrister with 3PB analyses the latest case law relating to Legal Services Orders under s.22ZA MCA 1973.’

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Family Law Week, 18th March 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Rubin v Rubin – WLR Daily

Posted March 12th, 2014 in appeals, costs, divorce, financial provision, law reports, legal services by tracey

Rubin v Rubin: [2014] EWHC 611 (Fam);   [2014] WLR (D)  116

‘Under section 22ZA(3) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, as inserted, the court could not make a costs allowance unless it was satisfied that without the amount of the allowance the applicant would not reasonably be able to obtain appropriate legal services for the purposes of the proceedings or any part of the proceedings, and for the purpose of that provision the court had to be satisfied in particular that the applicant was not reasonably able to secure a loan to pay for the services.’

WLR Daily, 10th March 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Right to conduct litigation spurs barrister’s high street direct access business – Legal Futures

Posted March 7th, 2014 in barristers, fees, legal services, news by tracey

‘One of the first barristers to receive authority from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to conduct litigation has said her fixed-fee direct access business has been so successful she plans to license the venture to other barristers.’

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Legal Futures, 7th March 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Mind your step – New Law Journal

Posted February 6th, 2014 in insolvency, insurance, law firms, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘Simon Love provides a warning to firms facing financial difficulty.’

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New Law Journal, 5th February 2014

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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Probe into growth of ‘professional’ McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel has begun an investigation into the emergence of ‘professional’ McKenzie Friends who charge litigants in person for their services, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 7th January 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Criminal law barristers urged to embrace new business structures to survive – Legal Futures

Posted December 19th, 2013 in alternative business structures, barristers, competition, legal services, news by tracey

‘Criminal law barristers need to consider significant changes to their business models if they are to remain competitive, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has argued. In its submission to the Ministry of Justice-commissioned Jeffrey review of the provision of independent criminal advocacy, the LSB identified continued market liberalisation as one of the reasons the government did not need to intervene.’

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Legal Futures, 18th December 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Legal services regulation: past, present, and future – Legal Services Board

Posted December 12th, 2013 in legal services, Legal Services Board, news, speeches by sally

Legal services regulation: past, present, and future (PDF)

Seminar by David Edmonds, Chairman, Legal Services Board

Legal Services Board, 9th December 2014

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Future Regulation – forward or backward ? – Legal Services Board

Future Regulation – forward or backward? (PDF)

Legal Services Board, 3rd December 2013

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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The Future of Legal Regulation – Legal Services Board

Posted December 3rd, 2013 in legal services, Legal Services Board, news, speeches by sally

The Future of Legal Regulation (PDF)

Legal Services Board, 20th November 2013

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org

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Legal Services Board publishes results of investigation into Bar Council influence on the BSB – Legal Services Board

‘LSB announcement regarding the conclusion of its investigation into the Bar Council’s failure to comply with the Internal Governance Rules in its dealings with the Bar Standards Board.’

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Legal Services Board, 25th November 2013

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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LSB issues report outlining changes in competition in the legal services market – Legal Services Board

Posted October 22nd, 2013 in competition, legal services, Legal Services Board, press releases, reports by tracey

“LSB report outlining changes in competition in the legal services market since the Legal Services Act 2007 came into force.”

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Legal Services Board, 22nd October 2013

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Grayling: legal market needs to be more diverse and innovative – Legal Futures

Posted October 14th, 2013 in diversity, legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The new chairman of the Legal Services Board (LSB) needs to help develop ‘a more diverse and innovative legal services market that attracts new providers’, justice secretary Chris Grayling has said.”

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Legal Futures, 14th October 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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The BSB responds to the Legal Education & Training Review – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 9th, 2013 in barristers, legal education, legal services, news by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a framework for the development of its future approach to legal education and training, following the publication of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) in June.”

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Bar Standards Board, 8th October 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Diversity data collection and transparency – Legal Services Board

Posted October 1st, 2013 in diversity, legal services, news, reports by sally

“In July 2011, the Legal Services Board (LSB) issued guidance to regulators on diversity data collection across the legal workforce and the promotion of the transparency of this data at entity level. We have now completed a review of regulators’ progress in delivering the objectives in our guidance. The findings of this review are provided below.”

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Legal Services Board, 30th September 2013

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Legal Services Board clarifies position on special bodies and ABS – Legal Services Board

“Legal Services Board clarifies its stance on licensing special bodies as alternative business structures (ABS).”

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Legal Services Board, 26th September 2013

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk/

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Bar Council calls for new approach to regulation publishing alternative model – The Bar Council

Posted September 17th, 2013 in barristers, legal profession, legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today responded to the Ministry of Justice’s call for evidence on the legal services statutory framework and called for a new approach to regulation, rejecting the current arrangements and the call for a single, ‘super regulator’. It proposes a new model which would replace the Legal Services Board (LSB) with a College of Regulators and re-balance regulation of the profession.”

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The Bar Council, 17th September 2013

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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MoJ insists it has “appetite” for legal regulation review – Legal Futures

Posted September 12th, 2013 in government departments, legal services, news, regulations by tracey

“The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has dismissed suggestions that it is not committed to its review of legal regulation.”

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Legal Futures, 12th September 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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LSB responds to MoJ review of legal services regulations with a blueprint for deregulation – Legal Services Board

Posted September 11th, 2013 in legal services, Legal Services Board, press releases, regulations by tracey

“LSB responds to MoJ review of legal services regulations with a blueprint for deregulation.”

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Legal Services Board, 10th September 2013

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Tear up Legal Services Act and start again, says LSB – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 10th, 2013 in legal profession, legal services, Legal Services Board, legislation, news by tracey

“The Legal Services Board wants to set in motion plans for a single, independent regulator that will cover the entire legal profession.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th September 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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