Force family lawyers to offer fixed fees, consumer panel suggests – Legal Futures

Posted August 24th, 2016 in competition, dentists, family courts, fees, legal services, news, statistics by sally

‘Family law specialists should be required to work under fixed fees, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has suggested as it ramped up its call for regulatory intervention to improve transparency in the market.’

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Legal Futures, 24th August 2016

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ABSs may “dominate in high-volume legal services”, study says – Legal Futures

Posted August 17th, 2016 in alternative business structures, legal services, news, partnerships by sally

‘The traditional law firm partnership structure is still dominant in the profession but the arrival of alternative business structures (ABS) has disrupted the status quo and may eventually become the norm in high-volume legal services, according to research.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2016

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Nothing inherently riskier about ABS, says super regulator – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Restrictions on alternative business structure can be lifted now they have shown to be no greater risk than traditional law firms, the Legal Services Board has said.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th August 2016

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Making lawyers publish “average” prices will energise consumers, says panel – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel said last week that it was “not blind to the challenges of increased price transparency”, but insisted that making lawyers publish “average” prices could be the catalyst for making consumers ask more questions about cost.’

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Legal Futures, 25th July 2016

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Chilcot report: Iraq war families crowdfund legal costs – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2016 in costs, families, Iraq, legal services, news, reports, war by sally

‘Families of some of the British troops killed in Iraq have launched a public crowdfunding appeal to pay for lawyers to potentially sue those responsible.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2016

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‘Radical’ handbook reforms will widen access to justice, SRA says – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority insists its “radical” handbook reforms will widen access to justice, acknowledging that certain safeguards will be needed if solicitors are given greater freedom to deliver legal services outside regulated firms.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th July 2016

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Bar Council response to CMA interim report – The Bar Council

Posted July 11th, 2016 in barristers, competition, legal services, news by sally

‘Responding to today’s [8 July] report on the market for legal services from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Bar Council agrees that wholesale reform of the regulatory framework may increase the cost of regulation and jeopardize valuable expertise.’

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The Bar Council, 8th July 2016

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Consumers “generally satisfied” with legal services providers, key survey finds – Legal Futures

Posted July 11th, 2016 in competition, legal services, news, statistics by sally

‘There are high levels of consumer satisfaction with legal services, according to a survey commissioned by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).’

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Legal Futures, 11th July 2016

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Legal services: removing barriers to competition – official-documents.gov.uk

‘Consultation on proposals to make amendments to the Legal Services Act 2007.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 7th July 2016

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Consultation on further liberalisation of legal services market – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government today unveiled plans for a second wave of reforms aimed at opening the legal services market to new businesses.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th July 2016

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Government lays out plans to encourage more ABSs to enter market – Legal Futures

‘The government is today laying out plans to remove restrictions on alternative business structures (ABSs) on the basis that they have proven no more risky than traditional law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2016

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Who regulates? – Competition and regulation in the legal sector – Legal Futures

Posted July 7th, 2016 in competition, consumer protection, conveyancing, legal services, news by sally

‘Regulation is put into place because markets are not perfect. Legal services are infrequent purchases for most people, so the asymmetry of knowledge and power between provider and consumer is especially marked.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2016

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Bar chairman warns on post-Brexit practising rights – Legal Futures

‘The ramifications of leaving the European Union are likely to be wide-ranging and could restrict the ability of barristers to practise outside England and Wales, the chairman of the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2016

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Bar Council responds to latest LSB report on legal services market – Bar Council

‘Responding to the Legal Services Board’s latest report Evaluation: Changes in the legal services market 2006/07 – 2014/15 Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, said: “The Legal Services Board’s report on changes in the legal services market contains some mixed messages.

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Bar Council, 4th July 2016

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Public interest report calls for all legal advice to be commissioned by legal team – Local Government Lawyer

‘Derby City Council should ensure that all legal advice is commissioned through its chief legal officer or her staff, and departments should not commission legal advice direct, auditors Grant Thornton have recommended in a public interest report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st June 2016

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Firm cleared of negligence over conveyancing advice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 20th, 2016 in conflict of interest, law firms, legal services, negligence, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A court has ruled a firm was not negligent in the advice it gave a couple who were dividing their shares in a property, after the judge said the firm did not need to advise them to seek separate advice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th June 2016

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Neuberger urges debate over ethical implications of artificial intelligence – Legal Futures

‘The president of the Supreme Court last week called for a debate on the ethical implications of artificial intelligence (AI) and for “greater prominence” for ethics in legal training.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2016

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Digital legal services for low-income clients “close to tipping point” – Legal Futures

Posted June 3rd, 2016 in electronic filing, legal aid, legal services, news by sally

‘The digital delivery of legal services in England and Wales to people formerly entitled to legal aid could be at the cusp of a “tipping point”, according to Professor Roger Smith, the leading researcher into online law.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd June 2016

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New judgment ‘kills’ unbundled legal services – Law Society’s Gazette

‘An appeal court ruling last week appears to have delivered a serious blow to solicitors seeking to offer ‘unbundled’ services without being held liable for matters beyond those in their client retainer.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th May 2016

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Standards improving but more to do – Legal Services Board

Posted May 12th, 2016 in legal services, news, reports by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) today [10 May]publishes the conclusions of its latest performance reviews of the eight legal service regulators alongside individual performance reports for each regulator.’

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Legal Services Board, 10th May 2016

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