Market Trends in Legal Services – Legal Services Board

“The Legal Services Board – the independent body overseeing the regulation of lawyers in England and Wales – is today releasing its Interim Baseline Report on the Market Impact of the Legal Services Act 2007.”

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Legal Services Board, 4th April 2012

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Related links:

Market impacts of the Legal Services Act – Interim Baseline Report (PDF)

Research programme 2012/13 (PDF)

Legal Services Board concedes ‘no big bang’ in five years since LSA – The Lawyer

“The Legal Services Board (LSB) has admitted that the 2007 Legal Services Act (LSA) has not resulted in sweeping changes to the profession, stating in a five-year progress report that it is ‘early days’ to judge its impact.”

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The Lawyer, 4th April 2012

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Law centres have always struggled to survive – now they must adapt or die – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2012 in alternative business structures, law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“Legal aid and local authority cuts mean law centres are in danger. Islington and Rochdale law centres are fighting back.”

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Wait for ABSs is over: Tesco law is here – The Guardian

“Alternative business structures will bring subtle, but significant changes in the way law is practised.”

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2012

Souce: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Tesco Law’ allows legal services in supermarkets – BBC News

Posted March 29th, 2012 in alternative business structures, legal services, news by sally

“A big shake-up of legal services has removed restrictions on where such products may be sold.”

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BBC News, 28th March 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

SRA confirms debut trio of licensed alternative business structures – Legal Week

“The first three alternative business structures (ABS) to be licensed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have been confirmed today (March 28), as the reforms ushered in by the Legal Services Act continue to gather pace.”

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Legal Week, 28th March 2012

Source: www.legalweek.com

Djanogly: UK consumers benefiting from solicitors’ big bang – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 28th, 2012 in alternative business structures, competition, news, solicitors by sally

“Consumers in England and Wales will find solicitors more competitive, more efficient and easier to access as new High Street providers are announced today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 28th March 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

#WithoutPrejudice 20 podcast: ABS and disruptives – Judicial advocacy assessment – Sun arrests – value of legal blogging – Charon QC

Posted February 17th, 2012 in advocacy, alternative business structures, internet, media, news by sally

“On the panel tonight are regulars, Carl Gardner and David Allen Green and our guests Cat Griffiths, Editor of The Lawyer and Nichola Higgins, a practising barrister and former Chair of The Young Barristers Committee.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 17th February 2012

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

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

Law Society president: split in profession to end – Law Society’s Gazette

“The president of the Law Society expects the 180-year-old division between solicitors and barristers to wither away as a result of the reforms set in motion by the Legal Services Act.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th January 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

ABS big bang? Yes, but legal market is already changing – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2012 in alternative business structures, legal services, news by tracey

“Liberalisation of legal services begins this week but attempts to change the way law is delivered are increasing.”

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The Guardian, 6th January 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Djanogly: Reform to solicitors to give UK consumers greater choice – Ministry of Justice

“UK consumers and businesses will find solicitors’ firms more competitive, more accessible and more efficient following new reforms to legal services. From today, radical reforms to the legal sector are being accelerated by the addition of the Solicitors Regulation Authority to the licensing authorities for the new Alternative Business Structures (ABSs).”

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd January 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

We will consult on a new Code of Conduct for barristers and Alternative Business Structures – Bar Standards Board

“We will issue a new consultation on a future Code of Conduct for the profession and legal business structures. The consultation will be released in January 2012.”

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Bar Standards Board, 27th October 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

New dawn in legal sector will give boost to UK business and customers – Ministry of Justice

“The public are set to benefit from modern, joined-up legal services after Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly announced the start of radical changes to the sector today (6 October).”

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Ministry of Justice, 6th October 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Supermarket ‘law shops’ to open – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2011 in alternative business structures, legal services, news by sally

“Banks and supermarkets are to be able to sell consumer legal services in England and Wales for the first time following a change in law.”

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BBC News, 6th October 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Shop around for legal advice – The Guardian

Posted August 31st, 2011 in alternative business structures, law firms, legal services, news by sally

“While some solicitors regard the legal retail outlets springing up in shopping centres as tacky they can only be good for the public.”

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The Guardian, 31st August 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

LSB gives go ahead for barristers to manage ABSs – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Legal Services Board has approved the Bar Standards Board’s application for changes to the bar’s code of conduct to allow barristers to be managers or employees of alternative business structures.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th August 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Where there’s a will, the web can be the way – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2011 in alternative business structures, internet, legal services, news, wills by sally

“Developments in the online legal services market provide lucrative opportunities for lawyers willing to break down barriers.”

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The Guardian, 19th August 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

LSB to make a recommendation for Order under S.80 of Legal Services Act – Legal Services Board

“The LSB has today (17 August) published its decision document and the Order that it will recommend to the Lord Chancellor should be made under section 80 of the Legal Services Act 2007 about the appeal mechanism for decisions of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) if it is designated as a Licensing Authority. This follows the consultation Alternative business structures: appeal arrangements which ran from 5 May 2011 to 2 June 2011 and our decision to recommend to the Lord Chancellor that the SRA should be designated as a Licensing Authority.”

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Legal Services Board, 17th August 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Alternative Business Structures (ABS) research report published – Legal Services Board

“The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today published its latest thinking on the impact of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) on the legal services market. The document, informed by engagement with regulators, existing providers and potential new entrants, brings together evidence and current thinking on how the market may develop following the emergence of the first ABS from 6 October 2011.”

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Legal Services Board, 12th August 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Bar Council Chairmen’s Update to Members of the Profession – July 2011 – The Bar Council

“Bar Council Chairmen’s Update to Members of the Profession – July 2011. Letter by Mr Peter Lodder QC and Mr Michael Todd QC.”

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The Bar Council, 25th July 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk