Solicitors welcome investigation into cost and quality of UK legal services – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2016 in competition, inquiries, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘An investigation into “longstanding concerns about the affordability” and quality of legal services has been launched by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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New Bar chairman: the BSB is independent enough – Legal Futures

Posted December 9th, 2015 in barristers, fees, legal aid, legal services, news, public interest, standards by sally

‘The current arrangements for the regulation of barristers are “relatively cost-efficient” and there is no need to make the Bar Standards Board (BSB) fully independent, the incoming chairman of the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 9th December 2015

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Profession set on collision course with government over independent regulation – Legal Futures

‘The government should return regulation to the legal profession’s representative bodies, rather than introduce full separation, the Law Society has said in response to yesterday’s surprise announcement from the Treasury that separation is now on the cards.’

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Legal Futures, 1st December 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Public plead for free legal advice before deciding whether to go to court – Legal Futures

‘Any person thinking about taking their case to court should be able to see a lawyer without cost at least once, according to an opinion poll conducted as part of work on the public perception of justice.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Gove poised to back call for less overbearing regulatory regime for ABSs – Legal Futures

‘Lord Chancellor Michael Gove indicated yesterday that he would support legislative changes to make it easier to approve and regulate alternative business structures (ABSs) while the scope of the wider review of the Legal Services Act 2007 is worked out.’

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Legal Futures, 19th November 2015

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Court of Appeal gives explicit backing for “valuable” unbundling – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors who offer “unbundled” legal advice to help litigants deal with challenging parts of the process provide an “invaluable” service to both the court and litigants, the Court of Appeal said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 18th November 2015

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Bar 2015: barristers lukewarm on innovative business models – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 27th, 2015 in alternative business structures, barristers, legal services, news by sally

‘Barristers appear reluctant to embrace new ways of doing business following the liberalisation of the legal services market.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th October 2015

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Take-up of barrister entities is “increasing significantly” – Legal Futures

Posted October 20th, 2015 in barristers, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘Barristers have been slow to adopt new entity models, but take-up is “increasing significantly” since the application process became more streamlined, according to the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Legal Futures, 20th October 2015

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Finance & Divorce Update October 2015 – Family Law Week

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 11th October 2015

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BSB jumps out of cab-rank rule frying pan and into fire of LSB probe – Legal Futures

Posted September 18th, 2015 in barristers, contracts, legal services, news by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been discharged from an undertaking it gave nearly two years ago to deal with concerns over the way it dealt with changes to the cab-rank rule. But in doing so, the Legal Services Board said it had continuing misgivings that have “directed our attention towards the BSB’s approach to regulation more broadly”.’

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Legal Futures, 18th September 2015

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LSB publishes report on regulation of in-house lawyers – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board publishes today responses received to its discussion paper: Are regulatory restrictions in practising rules for in-house lawyers justified? as well as its summary of those responses.’

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Legal Services Board, 29th July 2015

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McKenzie friends rebuff from bar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 20th, 2015 in barristers, legal services, McKenzie friends, news, rights of audience by tracey

‘Paid McKenzie friends should not be allowed to speak in court, the Bar Council has said, responding to “serious concerns” about the negative impact they can have on the administration of justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th July 2015

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Chambers offers legal advice through ‘video surgeries’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 20th, 2015 in barristers, costs, internet, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Direct access barristers at a virtual chambers are offering advice through “video surgeries” in a bid to become the first port of call for legal services.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 201th July 2015

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Gove announces review of Legal Services Act – Legal Futures

‘There will a review of the Legal Services Act 2007 during this Parliament, the Lord Chancellor Michael Gove announced today.’

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Legal Futures, 15th July 2015

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LSB Chief Executive speaks at Westminster Legal Policy Forum event on innovation in legal services – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board Chief Executive Richard Moriarty spoke at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum event: Innovation in legal services market – growth, skills and new business models.’

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Legal Services Board, 9th July 2015

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The innovation game – Legal Futures

Posted July 9th, 2015 in alternative business structures, law firms, legal services, news by sally

‘Innovation is a word much bandied around in the law – on this website more than most – without always a crystal clear idea of what it means.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2015

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Legal system ‘failing’ older people, says commissioner – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2015 in elderly, legal services, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘Older people are not being protected by the legal system against abuse, neglect and other crimes, their commissioner for Wales has said.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2015

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Courtroom abuse sparks new McKenzie friend fears – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in barristers, consultations, judiciary, legal services, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘An imminent consultation by the judiciary on the proliferation of paid McKenzie friends in court is ringing alarm bells among lawyers, after a former nightclub bouncer was banned from providing such a service for grossly offensive behaviour.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st June 2015

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Tell us your experience of the legal services regulators – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is launching a survey today inviting views from anybody and any firm that has been in contact with one of the eight legal services regulators in England and Wales.’

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Legal Services Board, 14th May 2015

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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New legal services businesses now being authorised by regulator – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 9th, 2015 in barristers, legal services, news by sally

‘The barristers’ regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has today approved 15 new businesses as it begins authorising BSB-regulated entities – companies or partnerships that provide advocacy, litigation, and expert legal advice services.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th April 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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