Speech by Lord Justice Gross: RAF Legal Services Conference – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted September 22nd, 2014 in armed forces, international law, interpretation, judges, legal services, news, rule of law by sally

Speech by Lord Justice Gross: RAF Legal Services Conference (PDF)

RAF Legal Services Conference, 18th September 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Legal Ombudsman outlines test for dealing with complaints about MDPs – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has introduced a policy for dealing with complaints about organisations which provide non-legal as well as legal services, such as some alternative business structures (ABSs) and, shortly, accountants who offer probate advice.’

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Legal Futures, 19th September 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Consumer panel calls into question barristers’ £500,000 indemnity limit – Litigation Futures

Posted September 17th, 2014 in barristers, indemnities, insurance, legal profession, legal services, news by tracey

‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel has called into question the existing minimum indemnity cover limit of £500,000 for barristers and called for more research before the limit is extended to firms regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Litigation Futures, 17th September 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.co.uk

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We need more independence, BSB director says – Legalfutures

Posted September 12th, 2014 in barristers, consumer protection, legal representation, legal services, news by tracey

‘Dr Vanessa Davies, director of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has made it clear that the regulator will push for more independence in the future.’

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Legalfutures, 12th September 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Bar Standards Board launches consultation on entity authorisation fees – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 12th, 2014 in barristers, consultations, fees, legal services, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today issued an open consultation paper outlining its ideas on how much it should charge for authorising entities. Entities are organisations that provide advocacy, litigation, and expert legal advice services and which, in this instance, are owned and managed by barristers and other lawyers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 11th September 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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MPs approve probate and conveyancing rights for legal executives – Legal Futures

‘The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has won the approval of the House of Commons to grant its members rights to conduct reserved probate and conveyancing work.’

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Legal Futures, 10th September 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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“New normal” – what it means for the Bar – The Future of Law

Posted September 9th, 2014 in barristers, legal services, news by sally

We’ve read about it to the point of exasperation. The “new normal” for the legal services market. Basically, a shift in buying behaviours in a changing market environment, brought about by a compelling combination of external factors over a period of time, with increased competition from new market entrants thrown into the mix.

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The Future of Law, 9th September 2014

Source: www.blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk

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The Future of Legal Services Regulation – Legal Services Board

Posted September 8th, 2014 in legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

The Future of Legal Services Regulation (PDF)

Speech by Sir Michael Pitt, Chairman, Legal Services Board

Westminster Legal Policy Forum, 4th September 2014

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Citizens Advice Bureau 75 year anniversary: Geese too loud? Lost false teeth? We can help! Celebrating seven decades of the CAB – The Independent

‘In September 1939, the CAB was established with the creation of 200 emergency centres across the country. Today it deals with issues from the fallout of the bedroom tax, benefits cuts and fraud, but in wartime it helped to replace lost ration books and put wives and parents in touch with lost sons and husbands in prisoner-of-war camps.’

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The Independent, 7th September 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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LSB caution on growth of paid McKenzie friends – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 5th, 2014 in legal services, McKenzie friends, news, remuneration by tracey

‘The oversight legal regulator has given a muted backing to the emergence of fee-charging McKenzie friends. Legal Services Board chairman Sir Michael Pitt (pictured) supported the suggestion that paid legal advisers should be recognised as a “legitimate feature” of the legal services market.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd September 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Changing legal education – OUP Blog

‘Martin Partington discussed a range of careers in his podcasts yesterday. Today [20 August], he tackles how new legal issues and developments in the professional environment have in turn changed organizational structures, rules and regulations, and aspects of legal education.’

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OUP Blog, 20th August 2014

Source: www.blog.oup.com

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End of the line for mediation? – New Law Journal

Posted August 1st, 2014 in budgets, dispute resolution, families, legal services, news by sally

‘Family mediation services are in decline & in need of urgent reform, says Graham Lyons.’

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New Law Journal, 31st July 2014

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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Barrister led ABS: too much to take on? – The Future of Law

Posted August 1st, 2014 in alternative business structures, barristers, legal services, news by sally

‘There is a mystique to the Bar of England and Wales, designed to present a timeless image of legal practitioners. Working in rabbit warrens around the Temple, wearing robes and a horsehair wig, and dealing with only the highest levels of legal thought, it is a façade that conceals some very radical ambitions for change.’

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The Future of Law, 31st July 2014

Source: www.futureoflaw.lexisnexis.co.uk

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Legislation passed to ban PI inducements – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government has introduced legislation to clamp down on personal injury inducements from lawyers offering clients money or gifts such as iPads in exchange for pursuing claims.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th July 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Neuberger backs single regulator but criticises LSB for adding “cost and confusion” – Legal Futures

Posted June 25th, 2014 in consumer protection, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘The president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, has backed calls for single legal regulator, while accusing the Legal Services Board (LSB) of adding to cost and confusion.’

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Legal Futures, 25th June 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Lord Chief Justice calls for single regulator – Legal Futures

Posted June 20th, 2014 in consumer protection, legal aid, legal profession, legal services, news by tracey

‘In a major speech on the future of law, the Lord Chief Justice said last night that “there has to be a single regulator” for the legal professions. Lord Thomas said he could not see any “practical” alternative, and he would be “very disappointed” if there was not a much simpler and cheaper system of regulation in 10 years’ time.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Poll finds law students backing legal profession to resist forces of change – Legal Week

Posted June 6th, 2014 in legal education, legal services, news, statistics by sally

‘Most law students believe the legal profession will be resistant to change during their careers, according to research that suggests the next generation of lawyers may be significantly more conservative than many commentators are predicting.’

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Legal Week, 6th June 2014

Source: www.legalweek.com

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How people resolve ‘legal’ problems – Legal Services Board

Posted May 28th, 2014 in legal services, Legal Services Board, news, statistics by sally

‘The Legal Services Board commissioned Professor Pascoe Pleasence and Dr Nigel Balmer to produce a statistical analysis of existing legal needs survey data to understand how consumers demographics, attitudes, capabilities and beliefs impact on their response to legal problems. How people resolve legal problems presents the findings of this analysis.’

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Legal Services Board, 22nd May 2014

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Fewer than one in ten people with legal problems see a lawyer, major study finds – Legal Futures

Posted May 23rd, 2014 in legal services, news, statistics by sally

‘There is a huge unmet need for legal services among individual consumers, the most detailed ever study of the issue has revealed, with fewer than one in 10 people experiencing a legal problem seeking advice from a lawyer.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd May 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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MoJ rules out further reform of legal services regulation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in consultations, legal profession, legal services, news by tracey

‘The government has ruled out immediate further changes to the framework for legal services regulation following the wide-ranging review launched by the Ministry of Justice last June.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st May 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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