Cry freedom: SRA wants to become separate legal entity from Law Society – Legal Futures

‘Legal regulators have urged the Legal Services Board (LSB) to use its review of the internal governance rules (IGR) to give them greater independence from their representative bodies.’

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Legal Futures, 16th February 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

“Regretful” Court of Appeal rejects media firm’s bid to recover huge costs bill – Litigation Futures

Posted February 9th, 2018 in costs, fees, injunctions, legal services, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision that a leading media law firm could not recover hundreds of thousands of pounds in costs because its conditional fee agreement (CFA) did not cover much of the work it undertook.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th February 2018

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Bar chair: Separation remains for a reason – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘I’m sure every chair for the last several years has been asked to comment on a forthcoming fusion of professions,’ said Andrew Walker QC when asked whether the solicitor and barrister professions will maintain their separate status in years to come.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th January 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

2018 and beyond: Our legal futures… – Legal Futures

Posted January 9th, 2018 in law firms, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘It’s that time of year again. Thinking about what’s gone before us and planning for the future – looking at what we do, how we do it, and more importantly, who we do it for.’

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Legal Futures, 9th January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

MoJ formally rules out review of legal regulation and complete independence for regulators – Legal Futures

‘The current framework of legal regulation is “inconsistent”, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) accepted today, but said it could not commit to the formal review sought by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and others.’

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Legal Futures, 19th December 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal regulation “more than ripe for total overhaul”, House of Lords told – Legal Futures

Posted December 18th, 2017 in legal services, news, parliament, regulations, speeches by sally

‘Legal regulation is “more than ripe for total overhaul”, a former chair of the Bar Standards Board has told the House of Lords.’

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Legal Futures, 15th December 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Justice minister pours cold water on growing calls to fund early legal advice – Legal Futures

Posted December 6th, 2017 in budgets, legal aid, legal services, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The government yesterday damped down hopes that it would consider funding greater access to early legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 6th December 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Autumn Newsletter – Falcon Chambers

– Prescriptive easements – a glass half-full: out with the negative; in with the positive 10

– Keeping the Title Clean: Unwanted Notices and Restrictions 12

– Estoppel in Pre-Contractual Negotiations 15

– The Curse of the Freebie 17

– Voidable and no Mistake 20

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Falcon Chambers, November 2017

Source: www.falcon-chambers.com

LSB launches internal governance rules consultation – Legal Services Board

Posted November 10th, 2017 in consultations, legal services, Legal Services Board, press releases by tracey

‘The Legal Service Board has today published a consultation on its internal governance rules (IGR) for the legal services regulators.’

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Legal Services Board, 9th November 2017

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Technology will put one in five legal jobs at risk, Law Society predicts – Legal Futures

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in artificial intelligence, law firms, legal services, news by tracey

‘Legal jobs are already being lost to technology, with the figure climbing to tens of thousands over the next two decades as automation and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) take hold, according to the Law Society.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Hundreds of thousands can’t get legal aid – so where are they going for help? – Legal Voice

Posted October 30th, 2017 in legal aid, legal representation, legal services, legislation, news, statistics by sally

‘Hundreds of thousands of people have not been able to get legal aid since the introduction of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) in 2013.’

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Legal Voice, 26th October 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

The Jackson effect: One costs firm set to close as another leaves debt behind in administrator sale – Litigation Futures

Posted October 30th, 2017 in costs, debts, insolvency, law firms, legal services, news by sally

‘The harsh impact of the Jackson reforms on the costs world is on display today as we reveal that one costs business is closing down, while it has emerged that another has been reborn after the directors bought the assets, files and outstanding WIP from its joint administrators.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th October 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Lord Chancellor calls for greater innovation in legal market and hints at regulatory reform – Legal Futures

Posted October 24th, 2017 in legal services, Legal Services Board, lord chancellor, news by sally

‘There needs to be a “more diverse and innovative legal services market” in England and Wales that attracts new providers and offers new opportunities “for the current and future legal profession”, the Lord Chancellor has said.’

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Legal Futures, 24th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

MoJ “keen” on Jackson fixed costs reforms but they will generate “cottage industry”, says leading QC – Litigation Futures

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in barristers, costs, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice is keen on taking forward Lord Justice Jackson’s plans to extend the use of fixed costs, according to a leading QC.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th October 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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