Judge caps Law Society’s “disproportionate” £640k costs in defending competition claim – Legal Futures

Posted June 24th, 2016 in budgets, conveyancing, costs, Law Society, news, proportionality, quality assurance by tracey

‘The Law Society’s budgeted costs of £637,000 to defend the competition law action brought over its Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) are disproportionate and should be capped at nearly half of that, the president of the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 24th June 2016

source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal Services Board hits out at Law Society for “misrepresenting” its views on McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has accused the Law Society of misrepresenting its views on McKenzie Friends.’

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Legal Futures, 14th June 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

We need full separation from Law Society to police money laundering, SRA tells Treasury – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has opened a second front in its campaign for full separation from the Law Society by appealing to the Treasury to intervene over the issue of money laundering.’

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Legal Futures, 7th June 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB rule change to put spotlight on spending by professional bodies – Legal Futures

Posted June 6th, 2016 in barristers, fees, Law Society, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has announced a change in its practising certificate fee (PCF) rules, which will put the spotlight on spending by professional bodies such as the Law Society and Bar Council.’

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Legal Futures, 6th June 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal Services Board makes the case for regulatory independence – Legal Futures

‘The lack of independence between the legal regulators and representative bodies risks undermining the credibility of regulation and allows the likes of the Law Society and Bar Council to delay reforms that would benefit competition, the Legal Services Board (LSB) said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Third ‘fast track’ abuse of dominant position claim filed with Competition Appeal Tribunal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 19th, 2016 in appeals, competition, Law Society, news, tribunals by sally

‘A third claim alleging anti-competitive behaviour using a new ‘fast track’ procedure has been filed with the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), showing a “pattern” of such cases beginning to emerge, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th April 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

Lawyers line up arguments against Online Court – Legal Futures

Posted March 15th, 2016 in barristers, courts, internet, Law Society, legal profession, news, reports, solicitors by sally

‘Responses to Lord Justice Briggs’ recommendation to create an Online Court (OC) have pitted sceptical solicitors and barristers against others who have given the scheme a more generous reception.’

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Legal Futures, 15th March 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Profession gets to work on Jackson’s vision of a contingent legal aid fund – Litigation Futures

‘The Bar Council, Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have already begun talks on forming a working party that will take forward Lord Justice Jackson’s call for a contingent legal aid fund (CLAF), it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th February 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Judge complains of “too many swindlers” after wrongly questioning status of solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted February 8th, 2016 in appeals, bias, internet, judges, landlord & tenant, Law Society, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A judge who wrongly questioned the status of a solicitor after doing his own research on the Law Society’s website, has been criticised by the Court of Appeal.’

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Legal Futures, 5th February 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Speech by Lord Justice Jackson – The Case for a CLAF – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Lord Justice Jackson gave the keynote speech at the Solicitors’ Costs Conference on 2 February 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 4th February 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Court estate consolidation plans based on flawed data – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 12th, 2015 in consultations, courts, delay, Law Society, local government, news, solicitors, statistics by tracey

‘Lawyers and justice campaigners have raised fresh concerns about the government’s court closure programme, alleging that the proposals are based on out-of-date travel times and other dubious data.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th October 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Law Society in England calls for ‘radical’ employment tribunal reform – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK employment tribunal system is in need of “radical” restructuring if it is to work fairly and efficiently for employees, employers and the broader administration of justice, according to the Law Society of England and Wales.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th September 2015

Source: www.out-law.com

Society: overhaul employment tribunals and scrap fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 8th, 2015 in employment tribunals, fees, Law Society, news by sally

‘Radical changes to the employment tribunal structure are needed to ensure unlawful workplace practices do not go unpunished, the Law Society has said.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th September 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Enforce family court orders but don’t jail debtors – Society – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 13th, 2015 in debts, enforcement, family courts, imprisonment, Law Commission, Law Society, news by sally

‘The Law Society has called for simpler procedures to enforce family financial orders and said creditors should be armed with more information.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th August 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government ‘selling justice like a commodity’ with fee rises – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 27th, 2015 in fees, Law Society, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘Government plans for a new round of court fee rises are “tantamount to selling justice like a commodity”, the Law Society has said, as the Ministry of Justice acknowledged its plans would be unpopular.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th July 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Law Society drops plan to bring JR over court fee rises – Litigtation Futures

Posted April 10th, 2015 in fees, judicial review, Law Society, news by tracey

‘The Law Society has rowed back from seeking a judicial review of the recent court fee increases, citing counsel’s opinion.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th April 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Solicitors fail to stop cuts in legal aid defence contracts – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2015 in appeals, Law Society, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Criminal solicitors have failed in their attempt to prevent the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, imposing deep cuts on the number of legal aid contracts for defence lawyers.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Witness-informing threatens fairness, Society warns – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 18th, 2015 in Law Society, news, witnesses by sally

‘Informing witnesses of the general nature of a defence case could jeopardise the fairness of the trial, the Law Society has said in response to a consultation on draft prosecution guidance.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legal aid reforms: Solicitors lose duty contracts challenge – BBC News

Posted February 19th, 2015 in appeals, criminal justice, Law Society, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Solicitors have lost a legal challenge against government plans to cut by more than half the number of duty lawyers attending magistrates’ courts and police stations in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

In re Law Society – WLR Daily

Posted February 18th, 2015 in data protection, documents, human rights, law reports, Law Society, privacy, solicitors by sally

In re Law Society [2015] EWHC 166 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 60

‘The Law Society had power under paragraph 16 of Part II of Schedule 1 to the Solicitors Act 1974 to destroy old and redundant documents seized in connection with interventions.’

WLR Daily, 9th February 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk