Legal services: removing barriers to competition – official-documents.gov.uk

‘Consultation on proposals to make amendments to the Legal Services Act 2007.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 7th July 2016

Source: www.official-documents.gov.uk

Consultation on further liberalisation of legal services market – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government today unveiled plans for a second wave of reforms aimed at opening the legal services market to new businesses.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th July 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government lays out plans to encourage more ABSs to enter market – Legal Futures

‘The government is today laying out plans to remove restrictions on alternative business structures (ABSs) on the basis that they have proven no more risky than traditional law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Who regulates? – Competition and regulation in the legal sector – Legal Futures

Posted July 7th, 2016 in competition, consumer protection, conveyancing, legal services, news by sally

‘Regulation is put into place because markets are not perfect. Legal services are infrequent purchases for most people, so the asymmetry of knowledge and power between provider and consumer is especially marked.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar chairman warns on post-Brexit practising rights – Legal Futures

‘The ramifications of leaving the European Union are likely to be wide-ranging and could restrict the ability of barristers to practise outside England and Wales, the chairman of the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council responds to latest LSB report on legal services market – Bar Council

‘Responding to the Legal Services Board’s latest report Evaluation: Changes in the legal services market 2006/07 – 2014/15 Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, said: “The Legal Services Board’s report on changes in the legal services market contains some mixed messages.

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Bar Council, 4th July 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Public interest report calls for all legal advice to be commissioned by legal team – Local Government Lawyer

‘Derby City Council should ensure that all legal advice is commissioned through its chief legal officer or her staff, and departments should not commission legal advice direct, auditors Grant Thornton have recommended in a public interest report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st June 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Firm cleared of negligence over conveyancing advice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 20th, 2016 in conflict of interest, law firms, legal services, negligence, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A court has ruled a firm was not negligent in the advice it gave a couple who were dividing their shares in a property, after the judge said the firm did not need to advise them to seek separate advice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th June 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Neuberger urges debate over ethical implications of artificial intelligence – Legal Futures

‘The president of the Supreme Court last week called for a debate on the ethical implications of artificial intelligence (AI) and for “greater prominence” for ethics in legal training.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Digital legal services for low-income clients “close to tipping point” – Legal Futures

Posted June 3rd, 2016 in electronic filing, legal aid, legal services, news by sally

‘The digital delivery of legal services in England and Wales to people formerly entitled to legal aid could be at the cusp of a “tipping point”, according to Professor Roger Smith, the leading researcher into online law.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd June 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New judgment ‘kills’ unbundled legal services – Law Society’s Gazette

‘An appeal court ruling last week appears to have delivered a serious blow to solicitors seeking to offer ‘unbundled’ services without being held liable for matters beyond those in their client retainer.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th May 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Standards improving but more to do – Legal Services Board

Posted May 12th, 2016 in legal services, news, reports by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) today [10 May]publishes the conclusions of its latest performance reviews of the eight legal service regulators alongside individual performance reports for each regulator.’

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Legal Services Board, 10th May 2016

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.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

Barristers predict an increase in public access work – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 20th, 2016 in barristers, legal services, news by sally

‘Public access barristers are expecting the volume of work obtained directly from clients to increase over the next few years as a result of the public access scheme which allows consumers to use barristers directly, without needing to instruct a solicitor or other intermediary.’

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Bar Standards Board, 19th April 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Legal fees investigation reveals huge disparities between law firms – The Guardian

Posted April 5th, 2016 in fees, law firms, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘An investigation into lawyers’ fees has found major disparities between firms, with the cheapest charging £250 for conveyancing and the most expensive £3,200 for precisely the same freehold sale.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar regulator unveils new three-year Strategic Plan for 2016-19 – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in barristers, legal services, press releases, quality assurance by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its new Strategic Plan for 2016-19 and its Business Plan for 2016-17.’

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Bar Standards Board, 22nd March 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Ageing population will change demand for legal services, says 2025 report – Legal Futures

‘Britain’s changing demographics will mean a huge shift in demand for legal services, towards managing the wealth and lives of the growing proportion of elderly people in the population, according to a study forecasting legal needs in 2025.’

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Legal Futures, 14th March 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Plans put forward to integrate HB Public Law and Buckinghamshire legal teams – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in legal services, local government, mergers, news by sally

‘One of the largest local authority shared legal services could be created later this year if the proposed integration of HB Public Law and the legal services department at Buckinghamshire County Council goes ahead.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th February 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Barristers at risk of being squeezed out of market, regulator warns – Legal Futures

‘Barristers are at risk of being “squeezed out of the market by a declining case load, a surfeit of barristers and increasing competition from both other regulated legal professionals as well as unregulated service providers”, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 8th February 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