A new approach: access to justice in criminal cases – LegalVoice

“Anyone concerned over the need to check the power of the police and prosecution authorities by providing a counter-balance holding these state funded entities to account may find this paper helpful, writes Robin Murray. It is a proposal to save millions of pounds of tax-payers’ money whilst at the same time preserving independent access to justice, an essential pre-requisite to prevent abuse and injustice to which anyone of us, high or low can become a victim.”

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LegalVoice, 5th February 2013

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

A new generation of lawyers – LegalVoice

“As the Skills Minister Matthew Hancock gives his backing for Apprentice Lawyers, Nick Skeet of Skills for Justice discusses the impact on the industry and what this could mean for legal aid.”

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LegalVoice, 30th January 2013

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Simplify complaints procedures, OFT tells profession – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has urged the legal profession to simplify its complaints procedures, following the publication of research showing that only one in eight dissatisfied customers goes on to make a formal complaint.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th January 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Alternative business structures: an uncertain future? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“The government’s White Paper preceding the Legal Services Act, based on the conclusions of Sir David Clementi’s review, promoted the concept of alternative business structures (ABSs) based on an expectation of a glowing future: that consumers would have more choice, and would benefit from reduced prices, better access to justice, improved levels of service, greater convenience, and that in consequence there would be increased consumer confidence in the quality of legal services. The suppliers of legal services would benefit from increased access to finance, a better spread of risk, increased flexibility, the opportunity to recruit and reward high quality non-legal staff, and there would be greater opportunities for new legal professionals.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 21st January 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Stephensons: on becoming an ABS – LegalVoice

Posted January 18th, 2013 in alternative business structures, law firms, news by tracey

“Stephensons Solicitors, a leading legal aid firm in the north-west, secured approval as an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) early in the new year, and has already appointed its first non-lawyer partner.”

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LegalVoice, 17th January 2013

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

One year on, are students still unconvinced by ABSs? – The Guardian

Posted November 12th, 2012 in alternative business structures, legal services, news, trainee solicitors by sally

“In case you missed the memo, legal services are changing. You no longer need to be a lawyer to own a law firm, which means legal advice has become an exciting new commodity for big-brand employers.”

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The Guardian, 12th November 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Barrister partnerships possible from 2013; BSB set to regulate ABSs – Legal Week

Posted October 26th, 2012 in alternative business structures, barristers, news, partnerships by tracey

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is gearing up to allow barristers to form partnerships from autumn next year, with alternative business structures (ABSs) set to come into effect for the profession in 2014.”

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Legal Week, 25th October 2012

Source: www.legalweek.com

Getting the Incentives Right – Speech by Chris Kenny, Chief Executive, Legal Services Board

Getting the Incentives Right (PDF)

Speech by Chris Kenny, Chief Executive, Legal Services Board

Westminster Legal Policy Forum, 18th October 2012

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Future of law: big brands and alternative business structures – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2012 in alternative business structures, barristers, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

“Household names such as AA, Saga, Direct Line and BT hoping to join Co-op in the legal sector.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Can sole practitioners survive in the new legal marketplace? – The Guardian

“Sole practitioners have been having a hard time in the wake of the Legal Services Act 2007, which opened the door for alternative business structures (ABSs). These new forms of legal practice have given household names like the Co-op and the AA the opportunity to expand their legal offerings to consumers and have allowed law firms to be managed and owned by non-lawyers.”

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The Guardian, 8th October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

IBA 2012: former president of American bar dismisses ‘risky’ ABS model – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 5th, 2012 in alternative business structures, law firms, news, professional conduct by tracey

“The immediate past-president of the American Bar Association has strongly denounced alternative business structures, arguing that non-lawyer investment in law firms compromises the client’s best interests and undermines professional independence.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th October 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Family lawyers face turbulent year ahead – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family law’s commercial and legal landscape is changing dramatically with the legal aid reforms, the continuing impact of the recession, competition from ABSs and potential legislative changes affecting everyone from the richest to the poorest.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th September 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

‘Tesco law’ approvals hit double figures as big-name applicants face delay frustration – Legal Week

“The number of alternative business structures (ABS) approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) reached double figures last week, as a group of high-profile applicants continue to wait for their licence confirmation.”

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Legal Week, 3rd August 2012

Source: www.legalweek.com

Lawcast 217: Alex Novarese, Editor in Chief Legal Week – the changing legal landscape – Charon QC

“Tonight (28 July) I am talking with Alex Novarese, Editor in Chief of Legal Week. The legal world is changing. Legal news reporting is changing – the way legal services are delivered is changing and even the Bar is getting in on the act to compete for work.”


Charon QC, 28th July 2012

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Personal injury referral-fee ban may not work, warns Solicitors Regulation Authority – Daily Telegraph

“A ban on the referral fees blamed for creating a ‘compensation culture’ will be difficult to police and may not even be effective, regulators have warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

ABS offers barristers at £75 an hour – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 24th, 2012 in alternative business structures, fees, law firms, news by tracey

“A new law firm which promises clients fixed fees and immediate face-to-face meetings with barristers has become the latest alternative business structure (ABS). Red Bar Law was formed in September last year and applied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority for ABS status in January. Today the SRA confirmed it has become the ninth organisation to be granted a licence, which will be effective from 10 July.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd July 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Code and entity roadshow: Midlands Circuit – Bar Standards Board

“We have launched a consultation on a new Code of Conduct for barristers, which includes its proposals for regulating new types of business structure.”

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Bar Standards Board, 18th June 2012

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Consultation paper on extending the SRA’s compensation fund for ABS beyond the end of the year – Legal Services Board

“The intention of this consultation document is to ensure that there are adequate compensation arrangements for SRA regulated ABS firms after 31 December 2012.

Also included in the document is a draft Order published in accordance with section 70 of the LSA.”

A consultation paper under section 70 of the Legal Services Act 2007 on proposals to modify the Solicitors Act 1974 for the purposes of the Law Society making compensation arrangements (PDF)

Legal Services Board, 14th June 2012

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Djanogly: Justice supports business – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly met today with business leaders to launch ‘Justice for Business: Supporting Business and Promoting Growth,’ a new paper outlining how the Government’s ambitious reform programme is making the justice system more effective, less costly and better for business.”

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Ministry of Justice, 8th May 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Legal aid is (almost) dead – The Guardian

Posted May 1st, 2012 in alternative business structures, bills, law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“After a long fight and a knife-edge vote in the Lords last week, the Queen gave her assent today to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (Laspo). A significant number of people will no longer have access to professional help with legal problems.”

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The Guardian, 1st May 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk