MPs fear firms, chambers and law centres collapsing – Legal Futures

‘MPs have expressed concern that law firms, chambers and law centres may collapse because of the impact of Covid-19.’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2020

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Revealed: Most barristers failing to comply with transparency rules – Legal Futures

Posted July 30th, 2020 in barristers, consumer protection, fees, legal services, news by sally

‘Little more than a third (37%) of barristers, chambers and firms regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are fully complying with its rules on price and service transparency, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 30th July 2020

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Demand for legal services to surge after pandemic – Legal Services

Posted July 22nd, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, delay, Law Society, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘The end of the coronavirus pandemic will be followed by a “massive increase” in demand for legal services, the president of the Law Society has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2020

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Call for impartial websites on quality of lawyers’ services – Legal Futures

Posted July 20th, 2020 in internet, legal profession, legal services, news, standards by sally

‘Independent websites providing impartial information on the quality of legal services providers are needed to guide people looking for a lawyer, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2020

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Top GC defends in-house lawyers’ approach to ethics – Legal Futures

Posted July 15th, 2020 in coronavirus, legal aid, legal profession, legal services, news, regulations by tracey

‘A leading general counsel has attacked the assumption that in-house lawyers “leave their morals at the door” when they join their companies.’

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Legal Futures, 15th July 2020

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SRA to review regime for checking solicitors’ competence – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to launch a review of its approach to solicitors’ continuing competence, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 9th July 2020

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AI redefining what it means to be a ‘great’ lawyer – Legal Futures

‘Automation in the legal profession will most probably be “a decades-long process” but artificial intelligence (AI) is redefining what it means to be a ‘great’ lawyer.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2020

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Military mettle – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 22nd, 2020 in armed forces, coronavirus, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘ “Warfare no longer looks like a tank driving over a battlefield,” says the head of Army Legal Services. These days lawyers are on the frontline – in every sense.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd June 2020

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ABSs “reshaping the boundaries of law” with integrated services – Legal Futures

‘Alternative business structures (ABSs) are reshaping the boundaries of the law by emphasising the benefit of integrated professional services, rather than pure legal knowledge, a leading academic has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2020

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Legal regulators cool on the idea of being abolished – Legal Futures

‘Legal regulators have reacted coolly to the recommendation of Professor Stephen Mayson that they be replaced by a single organisation, arguing instead the case for specialism.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2020

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Mayson calls for single regulator of all legal services – Legal Futures

Posted June 11th, 2020 in legal profession, legal services, Legal Services Board, news, reports by sally

‘All providers of legal services, whether legally qualified or not, should be registered and regulated by a single regulator, a major review has concluded.’

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Legal Futures, 11th June 2020

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LSB eyes major changes to legal regulation – Legal Futures

Posted June 9th, 2020 in competition, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is set to conduct a major review on the extent to which it can reform the regulatory regime – including the reserved legal activities (RLAs) – using its existing powers.’

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Legal Futures, 9th June 2020

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New instructions “returning to pre-lockdown levels” – Legal Futures

Posted June 9th, 2020 in coronavirus, legal services, news, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘New instructions have been running at about 70% of the pre-lockdown level over the past two and a half months, but there are definite signs of a revival, with conveyancing roaring back, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 9th June 2020

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Arrested children may be given legal advice automatically – Legal Futures

‘The government is considering whether children in police stations should have to opt out of receiving legal advice, rather than opt in as now, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 4th May 2020

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LSB to check random sample of disciplinary decisions – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is planning to review a “random sample” of regulators’ disciplinary decisions to ensure the right processes and procedures are in place.’

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Legal Futures, 4th May 2020

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Covid-19 could herald reform of reserved legal activities – Legal Futures

‘Changes to the list of reserved activities that only authorised lawyers can do has been floated as one way the ways legal regulation could be flexed to help the profession recover from the Covid-19 crisis.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2020

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LSB questions Bar regulator’s decision-making – Legal Futures

Posted April 27th, 2020 in barristers, budgets, internet, legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is launching a formal review of the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) leadership and decision-making in the wake of its controversial decision to stop funding the Legal Choices website.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2020

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SRA: Legal Services Act regime “struggling to remain relevant” – Legal Futures

‘The rate of change in the legal market makes it “increasingly difficult” for the regulatory framework laid down by the Legal Services Act to remain relevant, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 20th April 2020

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COVID-19: a protocol to assist solicitors who are working remotely and advising suspects in relation to police interviews – Garden Court Chambers

Posted April 16th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, legal services, news, police, solicitors by sally

‘This document is intended to draw your attention to the serious risk to life that solicitors and suspects, in police stations, are facing during the COVID-19 crisis and to suggest ways to reduce them. It is not intended to be a definitive statement of what needs to be done. You may have other ideas which are equally or more valid. What is certain is that action needs to be taken if lives are to be saved. The protocol below is intended to assist solicitors to give appropriate legal advice to suspects, at the interview stage, when working remotely.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 1st April 2020

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Budget rejection lays bare Legal Ombudsman crisis – Legal Futures

Posted March 31st, 2020 in budgets, legal services, Legal Services Board, news, ombudsmen, standards by sally

‘The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has hit crisis point again after it was forced to backtrack on its request for a 20% budget rise, with the Legal Services Board (LSB) describing its performance as unacceptable.’

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Legal Futures, 31st March 2020

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