A place in your practice – Counsel

Posted October 12th, 2017 in barristers, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘As public access goes mainstream, Chris Bryden offers an insight into the merits (and pitfalls) of cutting out the middlemen.’

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Counsel, October 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

SRA guidance to stop many council legal trading activities “dead in their tracks” – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority last month published long-awaited guidance on a key section of the Legal Services Act 2007 that it is claimed will stop many local authorities’ legal services trading activities “dead in their tracks”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th October 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Hale backs public funding for early legal advice while outlining concern over LSB reform plan – Legal Futures

Posted October 6th, 2017 in legal aid, legal services, news by tracey

‘The new president of the Supreme Court yesterday joined what appears to be a growing clamour to reinstate public funding to provide early legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 6th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Revealed: BSB set to expand price transparency obligation beyond public access to referral Bar – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) will say today that new rules on publishing prices should extend to referral barristers as well as those handling public access work.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Law Society lashes SRA over “new Wild West” of legal regulation – Legal Futures

Posted September 28th, 2017 in Law Society, legal services, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The Law Society has hit out at the latest raft of reforms proposed yesterday by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and particularly the idea of granting ‘freelance’ solicitors the ability to deliver reserved legal services without being either a registered sole practitioner or part of a law firm.’

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Legal Futures, 28th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

SRA ushers in ‘Uberisation’ of legal services – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The SRA today signalled what it called the “Uberisation” of the legal market with the advent of the freelance solicitor.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th September 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Law firm faces £68,000 VAT bill after tribunal rules electronic property search fees are not disbursements – Legal Futures

‘A leading north-west law firm has been ordered to pay £68,000 in VAT for electronic local authority property searches it procured from an agency, after a tribunal ruled that they should not have been treated as disbursements.’

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Legal Futures, 18th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Report: “huge unmet legal need for unbundled services across the board” – Legal Futures

Posted September 6th, 2017 in legal services, negligence, news, reports, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘There is a massive demand for unbundled – or limited scope – legal services, not just in family law but in almost all areas of legal practice, according to a report on unbundling.’

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Legal Futures, 6th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Trainee solicitor handed suspended jail sentence for providing illegal advice – Legal Futures

Posted August 30th, 2017 in immigration, legal services, news, sentencing, solicitors, suspended sentences by sally

‘A trainee solicitor has been handed a suspended jail sentence after being convicted of providing illegal immigration advice and services.’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar claims surge of interest in direct access – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 25th, 2017 in barristers, internet, legal services, news by sally

‘The Bar Council has claimed that figures from an online portal it runs have revealed a ‘surge of interest’ from businesses and people keen to bypass solicitors and instead use direct access barristers to help with their problems.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd August 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Richard Susskind on the future of law – OUP Blog

Posted August 14th, 2017 in legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘In the latest episode of the Oxford Law Vox podcast Richard Susskind talks to George Miller about the gaining momentum of technology and AI in the law profession. They discuss just how vital it is that lawyers learn to reinvent themselves and work alongside technology.’

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OUP Blog, 13th August 2017

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Litigation trends: Can London retain its litigation crown? – New Law Journal

Posted August 1st, 2017 in costs, disclosure, electronic filing, legal services, London, news by sally

‘The impact of Brexit, the outcome of the latest Jackson costs review and taming the “monster” of e-disclosure are of critical importance if the UK is to retain its standing as the dominant legal centre.’

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New Law Journal, 28th July 2017

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Vulnerable consumers praise lawyers but ask for more help – Legal Futures

Posted July 19th, 2017 in carers, legal services, Legal Services Board, mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘Lawyers acting for mentally ill clients and dementia sufferers have been praised in surveys commissioned by the Legal Services Board (LSB) on the needs of vulnerable consumers, but some did find it hard to deal with solicitors.’

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Legal Futures, 18th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB launches research into vulnerable consumers’ experience of legal services – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board has today launched research into the experiences of consumers in vulnerable circumstances when they use legal service.’

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Legal Services Board, 14th July 2017

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Speech delivered by the Lord Chancellor at a HM Judges’ dinner at Mansion House – Crimeline

‘Speech delivered by the Lord Chancellor at a HM Judges’ dinner at Mansion House, 6th July 2017’

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The New Cafcass Guidance on the Use of Professional Time – Family Law Week

Posted July 7th, 2017 in children, family courts, legal services, news, working time by tracey

‘Gabrielle Jan Posner, Barrister and Recorder, Trinity Chambers Chelmsford, considers Cafcass’s response to the record levels of demand for its services.’

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Family Law Week, 4th July 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

“Quick and dirty” online justice better than no justice, says Neuberger as he laments legal aid policy failure – Legal Futures

‘“Quick and dirty” online dispute resolution (ODR) is better than “no justice or absurdly over-priced justice”, the president of the Supreme Court has said in a wide-ranging speech that included a devastating critique of legal aid policy over the past two decades.’

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Legal Futures, 5th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB outlines its plan to act on CMA recommendations – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 30th, 2017 in barristers, competition, legal services, news, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its plan to address the recommendations contained in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) report into legal services.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th June 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Law schools “trapped in the 1970s”, Susskind says – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2017 in artificial intelligence, legal education, legal services, news by tracey

‘Many law schools are teaching law “as it was in the 1970s”, Professor Richard Susskind, IT adviser to the Lord Chancellor, has said.’

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Legal Futures, 16th June 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The only way is ethics – Counsel

‘With integrity at the heart of the Bar, dilemmas often arise. Rachel Langdale QC calls to mind the guiding hand of the Ethics Committee, assisting barristers in the heat (or calm) of a crisis. Ellie Cumbo offers an insight into a year at the other end of the helpline.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk