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Access to justice and Employment Tribunals
The Law Society believes firmly in the importance of access to justice regardless of wealth and social background and this is also the subject of one of five campaigns behind which it is throwing...
Read More | Posted: 03 February 2017

Scam Alerts
An SRA Scam Alert on 30th January involved an email in the name of Andrew Crowell of JMW Solicitors, which contained attachments, purporting to be a memorandum of sale and contract documentation. 
Read More | Posted: 03 February 2017

Conveyancing Quality Scheme
HSB Bank has increased the value of properties on which sole practitioners with CQS accreditation are able to act for it from £150,000 to £350,000.
Read More | Posted: 02 February 2017

Practice Note: Insolvency of a Participating Insurer
Unfortunately, it is a sign of the times that insolvency of participating insurers is sufficiently prevalent, or the risk of it sufficiently real for many practices, that the Law Society has felt the...
Read More | Posted: 22 December 2016

SRA Accounts Rules 2011
The recent case of a solicitor who retained nearly £50,000 of client money for up to five years instead of paying professional disbursements...
Read More | Posted: 16 December 2016

Legal Aid Crime Tenders 2017: don't get in touch with us, we’ll get in touch with you…
The LAA issued an update on 13 December for those practices applying to deliver Criminal Legal Aid Services from 1 April 2017 under a 2017 Standard Crime Contract. 
Read More | Posted: 16 December 2016

Christmas Parties and other Social Events: Regulatory Issues
The Law Society’s Blog on Christmas parties (see our comments in the News item Law Society: Lose your inhibitions but not your job’) contains some useful practical guidance on Christmas parties....
Read More | Posted: 15 December 2016

Law Society: "Lose your inhibitions but not your job"
The Law Society has published an article entitled “Lose your inhibitions but not your job – Christmas party etiquette”
Read More | Posted: 15 December 2016

Land Registry Property Alert Service
With online scams hitting the headlines almost on a daily basis, property owners should be made aware of the Land Registry's Property Alert Service, which can be an extremely useful early warning...
Read More | Posted: 09 December 2016

SDT Standard of Proof
It is looking increasingly likely that the standard of proof in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal will be lowered from the current criminal standard of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ to the...
Read More | Posted: 09 December 2016

Practice Note - Court duty scheme for private law family clients
The Law Society has issued a new practice note, which includes best practice guidance for anyone involved in or considering involvement in providing pro bono advice under a private law family court duty...
Read More | Posted: 18 November 2016

Legal Ombudsman Complaints Data
The Legal Ombudsman has published its annual complaints data for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 ...
Read More | Posted: 17 November 2016

Law Society Minimum Salary for Trainees
The Law Society has recommended a minimum salary for trainee solicitors based on the Living Wage (15 November). 
Read More | Posted: 17 November 2016

SRA Handbook - new edition
The SRA Handbook has been updated.  
Read More | Posted: 10 November 2016

Pro Bono Week 7-11 November
Next week is Pro Bono Week 2016 and on Monday 7 November, the President of the Law Society will launch the Law Society’s Pro Bono Charter and Manual.
Read More | Posted: 04 November 2016

Investment Schemes and Client Account - SRA Warning Notice
The SRA has updated its Warning Notice on investment schemes, due concerns over the increasing number of such schemes, and has said it will be highlighting the risks to the public.  
Read More | Posted: 04 November 2016

Practice Note - Criminal prosecutions of victims of trafficking
The Law society has issued a new practice note with which anyone involved in criminal cases should familiarise themself.  
Read More | Posted: 04 November 2016

Client Retainers
The High Court decision of Rosenblatt v Man Oil Group SA [2016] has highlighted the importance of setting out clearly in the client retainer the process of agreeing any increase in costs...
Read More | Posted: 03 November 2016

Anti-Money Laundering Changes
The government introduced the Criminal Finances Bill to the House of Commons on 13 October, as part of a package of measures which represent the most significant changes to the anti-money laundering and...
Read More | Posted: 03 November 2016

Social Media Guidance
The Government has issued ‘Action Against Hate’* which sets out its programme of actions to tackle hate crime in the UK until May 2020. 
Read More | Posted: 03 November 2016

SRA Brexit Update
The SRA promised to address the omission of its views on the potential consequences of Brexit (from its 2016/17 Risk Outlook) in an Autumn Risk Outlook Brexit Update.
Read More | Posted: 27 October 2016

SRA Proposed Regulatory Reform: Looking to the Future
The SRA is currently reviewing feedback on its proposals for an overhaul of the SRA Handbook, which include separate Codes of Conduct for individual solicitors and for firms (after acknowledging their...
Read More | Posted: 25 October 2016

Law Society Practice Note - E-Signatures
The Law Society has issued guidance on the execution of contracts using electronic signatures, whether by clients of your practice or by another party to the transaction.
Read More | Posted: 25 October 2016

**31 October Deadline Approaching**
A reminder that the deadline for applications to renew practising is next Monday, 31 October.
Read More | Posted: 25 October 2016

Continuing Competence Scheme replacing CPD
From 1 November 2016, every solicitor with a practising certificate must comply with the continuing competence scheme.  
Read More | Posted: 21 October 2016

Legal Fees Transparency
A new website has been set up by Lexoo, the UK-USA Legal Price Index, which gives the prices of various different types of legal work.
Read More | Posted: 21 October 2016

Insurance Act 2015
The Insurance Act 2015 came into force on 12 August 2016, introducing a higher standard of disclosure by firms when arranging PII. 
Read More | Posted: 21 October 2016

Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)
The SRA has just launched its second consultation on the introduction of a new centralised approach and consistent assessment of trainee solicitors. 
Read More | Posted: 21 October 2016

Apprenticeship Levy 2017 and Solicitor Apprentices
From 6 April 2017, all employers whose pay bills total over £3 million each year will be required to make an investment in apprenticeships in the form of the Apprenticeship Levy.  
Read More | Posted: 14 October 2016

Work Experience Placements - Law Society Guidance
Did you know that you should remunerate work placement students to national minimum wage or above (unless in sixth form or school) and cover their reasonable expenses? Do you openly advertise and recruit...
Read More | Posted: 14 October 2016

Complaints Information
The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) recently highlighted the failure of many solicitors to provide their clients with full information about complaints.  
Read More | Posted: 14 October 2016

Law Society Contract Rate Increase
The Law Society’s ‘contract rate’ is the shorthand reference to an interest rate used in many property and other contracts, in which interest is payable by a party in default and other...
Read More | Posted: 14 October 2016

Practising Fees and Compensation Fund Contributions 2016/17
The individual practising certificate fee for 2016/17 is £290, together with a flat fee of £32, payable by individuals applying for a practising certificate or registration as a REL or RFL.   ...
Read More | Posted: 14 October 2016

Law Society issues guidance on PII
The Law Society’s updated Practice Note: Professional Indemnity Insurance includes new sections on aggregation and insurance brokers, together with an updated 2016/17 PII Outlook. 
Read More | Posted: 14 October 2016

SRA Accounts Rules 2011 Consultation
The SRA is currently analysing responses to its consultation on changes to the above as part of its regulatory reform programme.
Read More | Posted: 14 October 2016

Profits up but law firms warned on drawings
Profits up but law firms warned on drawings http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/profits-up-but-law-firms-warned-on-drawings/5053473.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ08022016
Read More | Posted: 12 February 2016

Justice ministry backs Jackson on fixed fees
Justice ministry backs Jackson on fixed fees http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/justice-ministry-backs-jackson-on-fixed-fees/5053474.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ08022016   
Read More | Posted: 12 February 2016

Solicitors set for new guidance on complaints
Solicitors set for new guidance on complaints http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/solicitors-set-for-new-guidance-on-complaints/5053494.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ09022016   
Read More | Posted: 12 February 2016

LAA extends legal aid contract eligibility
LAA extends legal aid contract eligibility http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/laa-extends-legal-aid-contract-eligibility/5053548.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ10022016
Read More | Posted: 12 February 2016

PII insurer Elite quits the market citing dangers of Cyber Crime
PII insurer Elite quits the market citing dangers of Cyber Crime   http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/insurer-pulls-out-of-pii-market-citing-dangers-of-cybercrime/5053400.article
Read More | Posted: 05 February 2016

Lay your complaints record bare, says legal watchdog
Lay your complaints record bare, says legal watchdog http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/lay-your-complaints-record-bare-says-legal-watchdog/5053377.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ02022016
Read More | Posted: 05 February 2016

Defendant lawyers to oppose small claims limit rise
Defendant lawyers to oppose small claims limit rise http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/defendant-lawyers-to-oppose-small-claims-limit-rise/5053376.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ02022016
Read More | Posted: 05 February 2016

Solicitors welcome Gove’s legal aid retreat
Solicitors welcome Gove’s legal aid retreat http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/solicitors-welcome-goves-legal-aid-retreat/5053353.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ01022016   ...
Read More | Posted: 05 February 2016

Gove scraps new legal aid contracting regime
Gove scraps new legal aid contracting regime http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/breaking-gove-scraps-new-legal-aid-contracting-regime/5053188.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ28012016
Read More | Posted: 29 January 2016

Negligence claims against law firms halve
Negligence claims against law firms halve http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/negligence-claims-against-law-firms-halve/5053254.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ25012016
Read More | Posted: 29 January 2016

Law Society outlines 2020 vision
Law Society outlines 2020 vision http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/law-society-outlines-2020-vision/5053287.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ28012016
Read More | Posted: 29 January 2016

Breaking: MoJ postpones legal aid contracts
Breaking: MoJ postpones legal aid contracts
Read More | Posted: 16 November 2015

Pro bono charity reports surge in volunteer lawyers
Pro bono charity reports surge in volunteer lawyers
Read More | Posted: 16 November 2015

MoJ to publish impact of reforms on civil legal aid
MoJ to publish impact of reforms on civil legal aid
Read More | Posted: 16 November 2015

Agency hit by deluge of legal aid tender actions
Agency hit by deluge of legal aid tender actions
Read More | Posted: 16 November 2015

Law firms’ confidence at highest level since mid-1990s
Law firms’ confidence at highest level since mid-1990s
Read More | Posted: 16 November 2015

QualitySolicitors cuts annual losses
QualitySolicitors cuts annual losses
Read More | Posted: 16 November 2015

JR firms set up alliance to challenge legal aid contracts
JR firms set up alliance to challenge legal aid contracts
Read More | Posted: 16 November 2015

Clients may get indefinite time limit on legal complaints
Clients may get indefinite time limit on legal complaints
Read More | Posted: 13 July 2015

Hardship fund proposed for small firms seeking to close
Hardship fund proposed for small firms seeking to close
Read More | Posted: 13 July 2015

Lord chancellor Michael Gove met representatives from the largest criminal legal aid firms today as a nationwide boycott of legal aid work under a second 8.75% fee cut continued
Lord chancellor Michael Gove met representatives from the largest criminal legal aid firms today as a nationwide boycott of legal aid work under a second 8.75% fee cut continued
Read More | Posted: 13 July 2015

Government has loosened a controversial restriction preventing some victims of domestic abuse from accessing legal aid
Government has loosened a controversial restriction preventing some victims of domestic abuse from accessing legal aid
Read More | Posted: 13 July 2015

Action day 7: MoJ ‘offers talks’ - but not about fee cuts
Action day 7: MoJ ‘offers talks’ - but not about fee cuts
Read More | Posted: 13 July 2015

Paralegals sign up for voluntary ‘regulation’
Paralegals sign up for voluntary ‘regulation’
Read More | Posted: 13 July 2015

Bar urges solicitors to withdraw legal aid tenders
Bar urges solicitors to withdraw legal aid tenders
Read More | Posted: 13 July 2015

Practice note issued on duty to vulnerable
Practice note issued on duty to vulnerable
Read More | Posted: 13 July 2015

Court levy U-turn for asbestos victims
Court levy U-turn for asbestos victims
Read More | Posted: 13 July 2015

Legal Ombudsman applies for indefinite time limit on legal complaints
Legal Ombudsman applies for indefinite time limit on legal complaints
Read More | Posted: 07 July 2015

Leveson proposes online sentencing
Leveson proposes online sentencing
Read More | Posted: 26 June 2015

Law Society has urged justice secretary Michael Gove not to rely on pro bono to plug gaps in the justice system created by legal aid cuts
Law Society has urged justice secretary Michael Gove not to rely on pro bono to plug gaps in the justice system created by legal aid cuts
Read More | Posted: 26 June 2015

Gove admits more courts will close in efficiency drive
Gove admits more courts will close in efficiency drive
Read More | Posted: 26 June 2015

Ombudsman overhaul to cost profession up to £90k a year
Ombudsman overhaul to cost profession up to £90k a year
Read More | Posted: 26 June 2015

Criminal Bar Association has hit back at criticism of its decision not to pursue direct action over legal aid contracts
Criminal Bar Association has hit back at criticism of its decision not to pursue direct action over legal aid contracts
Read More | Posted: 26 June 2015

Solicitor owed £40k in fees accuses SRA
Solicitor owed £40k in fees accuses SRA
Read More | Posted: 22 May 2015

Criminal bar votes overwhelmingly for direct action
Criminal bar votes overwhelmingly for direct action
Read More | Posted: 22 May 2015

Legal aid legislation ‘disgracefully complex’
Legal aid legislation ‘disgracefully complex’
Read More | Posted: 22 May 2015

Trainee barred for faking legal qualifications
Trainee barred for faking legal qualifications
Read More | Posted: 22 May 2015

Important changes to Nationwide conveyancing panel
Important changes to Nationwide conveyancing panel
Read More | Posted: 27 April 2015

Digital legal aid system ‘will not be fit for purpose’.
Digital legal aid system ‘will not be fit for purpose’.  
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Judges should be wary of ‘unconscious bias’ against those from different backgrounds who are poor, foreign and uneducated, president of Supreme Court says.
Judges should be wary of ‘unconscious bias’ against those from different backgrounds who are poor, foreign and uneducated, president of Supreme Court says.
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Associate solicitor formerly with London firm Kingsley Napley has been struck off after four findings of dishonesty
Associate solicitor formerly with London firm Kingsley Napley has been struck off after four findings of dishonesty.  
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Quindell shareholders agree £637m sale to Slater and Gordon
Quindell shareholders agree £637m sale to Slater and Gordon
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

SRA proposes alternative to client accounts
SRA proposes alternative to client accounts
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Master of the rolls Lord Dyson today opted for an indefinite freeze in the current guideline hourly rates for litigation costs.
Master of the rolls Lord Dyson today opted for an indefinite freeze in the current guideline hourly rates for litigation costs –
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Research published today appears to show the profession is complacent about meeting client expectations, with lawyers commonly overestimating the quality of the service they provide.
Research published today appears to show the profession is complacent about meeting client expectations, with lawyers commonly overestimating the quality of the service they provide.
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Incoming president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers will this week turn the tables on insurers over ‘fundamental dishonesty’ legislation.
Incoming president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers will this week turn the tables on insurers over ‘fundamental dishonesty’ legislation.
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

General election manifestos - a quick-fire summary of their headline pledges on law and justice.
General election manifestos - a quick-fire summary of their headline pledges on law and justice.
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Failure by law firms and other professional services businesses to improve output per worker since 2008 crisis is major cause of national ‘productivity problem’.
Failure by law firms and other professional services businesses to improve output per worker since 2008 crisis is major cause of national ‘productivity problem’.
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Cost of conveyancing in a home purchase has risen less than fees charged by estate agents and surveyors in the past decade.
Cost of conveyancing in a home purchase has risen less than fees charged by estate agents and surveyors in the past decade –
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

SRA says ‘sorry’ over ABS application delays
SRA says ‘sorry’ over ABS application delays
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Medico-legal expert struck off register for misrepresentation.
Medico-legal expert struck off register for misrepresentation.
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Small north-east conveyancing firm has become the latest victim of telephone bank scammers, the Solicitors Regulation Authority revealed today
Small north-east conveyancing firm has become the latest victim of telephone bank scammers, the Solicitors Regulation Authority revealed today -
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Master of the rolls has called for further simplification of the Civil Procedure Rules to reduce delays in the justice system
Master of the rolls has called for further simplification of the Civil Procedure Rules to reduce delays in the justice system.
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Law firms account for nine out of the 50 ‘top employers for women’ in a league table published by The Times today
Law firms account for nine out of the 50 ‘top employers for women’ in a league table published by The Times today
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Legal aid giant heads bid consortium
Legal aid giant heads bid consortium
Read More | Posted: 24 April 2015

Cost no longer top priority in PII renewal, survey finds
Cost no longer top priority in PII renewal, survey finds
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

ICO probes 173 law firms over data protection breaches
ICO probes 173 law firms over data protection breaches
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

Most legal services consumers expect free advice, finds poll
Most legal services consumers expect free advice, finds poll
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

Senior paralegal becomes first solicitor to qualify through the alternative method of ‘equivalent means’
Senior paralegal becomes first solicitor to qualify through the alternative method of ‘equivalent means’ –
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

Investigation opened into conduct of ‘rude’ judge
Investigation opened into conduct of ‘rude’ judge
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

Food banks should offer legal advice – Ukip
Food banks should offer legal advice – Ukip
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

Lib Dems open to reversing court fees hike if justice ‘unaffordable’
Lib Dems open to reversing court fees hike if justice ‘unaffordable’
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

Judge has stressed importance of having lawyers in family court proceedings to prevent emotional self-represented litigants behaving in ways they might regret
Judge has stressed importance of having lawyers in family court proceedings to prevent emotional self-represented litigants behaving in ways they might regret -
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

Cashier barred by SRA for misuse of £150k client and office funds
Cashier barred by SRA for misuse of £150k client and office funds
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

Green Party pledges to ‘restore cuts to legal aid’ in its general election manifesto
Green Party pledges to ‘restore cuts to legal aid’ in its general election manifesto
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned personal injury firms against misleading marketing as the government’s ban on the use of inducements came into force yesterday
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned personal injury firms against misleading marketing as the government’s ban on the use of inducements came into force yesterday
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

TLT to defend former Halliwells partners on the hook for millions
TLT to defend former Halliwells partners on the hook for millions
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

In-house lawyer bonuses near £1bn
In-house lawyer bonuses near £1bn
Read More | Posted: 17 April 2015

Global giant Dentons unveils US merger
Global giant Dentons unveils US merger
Read More | Posted: 10 April 2015

Co-op Legal in profit despite income slump
Co-op Legal in profit despite income slump
Read More | Posted: 10 April 2015

Legal executives get a pay rise
Legal executives get a pay rise
Read More | Posted: 10 April 2015

Labour pledges to abolish tribunal fees system
Labour pledges to abolish tribunal fees system
Read More | Posted: 10 April 2015

Advertising watchdogs have rebuffed an insurer’s attempt to ban a television advertisement promoting the services of a personal injury firm
Advertising watchdogs have rebuffed an insurer’s attempt to ban a television advertisement promoting the services of a personal injury firm
Read More | Posted: 10 April 2015

Government’s long-awaited scheme for independent whiplash diagnosis comes into force today
Government’s long-awaited scheme for independent whiplash diagnosis comes into force today
Read More | Posted: 10 April 2015

Average practice income and profit per equity partner in medium-sized firms rose strongly in 2014, according to annual health check published
Average practice income and profit per equity partner in medium-sized firms rose strongly in 2014, according to annual health check published
Read More | Posted: 10 April 2015

Claims management company supplying cases for personal injury solicitor firms has been fined £80,000 for making unwanted nuisance calls
Claims management company supplying cases for personal injury solicitor firms has been fined £80,000 for making unwanted nuisance calls
Read More | Posted: 10 April 2015

More than 3,500 applications for civil legal aid in cases involving domestic violence or child abuse have been refused since reforms were introduced two years ago
More than 3,500 applications for civil legal aid in cases involving domestic violence or child abuse have been refused since reforms were introduced two years ago
Read More | Posted: 10 April 2015

Slater and Gordon share offer raises £310m
Slater and Gordon share offer raises £310m
Read More | Posted: 10 April 2015

Solicitor jailed for £60,000 fraud against disabled beneficiary
Solicitor jailed for £60,000 fraud against disabled beneficiary  
Read More | Posted: 07 April 2015

Legal aid tenders: ‘hundreds’ of firms will go under
Legal aid tenders: ‘hundreds’ of firms will go under
Read More | Posted: 07 April 2015

Law Society consulting on introduction of recommended minimum salary for trainee solicitors following the abolition of mandatory SRA wage last year
Law Society consulting on introduction of recommended minimum salary for trainee solicitors following the abolition of mandatory SRA wage last year
Read More | Posted: 07 April 2015

‘Appalling’ solicitor handed record £305k SDT fine
‘Appalling’ solicitor handed record £305k SDT fine
Read More | Posted: 27 March 2015

Profits soar at National Accident Helpline as it aims beyond personal injury
Profits soar at National Accident Helpline as it aims beyond personal injury
Read More | Posted: 27 March 2015

Legal Ombudsman has announces it will double the length of time clients have to bring a complaint against legal services providers -
Legal Ombudsman has announces it will double the length of time clients have to bring a complaint against legal services providers -
Read More | Posted: 27 March 2015

Solicitor has speaks of his anguish and disillusionment after the professional regulator withdrew a threat to close down his practice at the last minute
Solicitor has speaks of his anguish and disillusionment after the professional regulator withdrew a threat to close down his practice at the last minute
Read More | Posted: 27 March 2015

Liverpool firm launch Legal Property Solutions to offer a resolution to property disputes without the need for litigation
Liverpool firm launch Legal Property Solutions to offer a resolution to property disputes without the need for litigation
Read More | Posted: 27 March 2015

Firms stand to lose billions through fraud: bank chief
Firms stand to lose billions through fraud: bank chief
Read More | Posted: 27 March 2015

Nearly half of conveyancing firms in England and Wales have registered with soon-to-be launched online portal Veyo
Nearly half of conveyancing firms in England and Wales have registered with soon-to-be launched online portal Veyo
Read More | Posted: 27 March 2015

One of the UK’s biggest claims handlers has revealed that it rejects around two-thirds of calls that come into its contact centre
One of the UK’s biggest claims handlers has revealed that it rejects around two-thirds of calls that come into its contact centre
Read More | Posted: 27 March 2015

Law Society reacts to civil cuts with unbundling guidance
Law Society reacts to civil cuts with unbundling guidance
Read More | Posted: 27 March 2015

Labour repeats pledge to repeal JR reforms
Labour repeats pledge to repeal JR reforms
Read More | Posted: 27 March 2015

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is investigating two firms that should have closed last year because they did not have a valid insurance policy
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is investigating two firms that should have closed last year because they did not have a valid insurance policy
Read More | Posted: 27 March 2015

The High Court has ruled that noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) should be treated as a disease rather than an injury for the purpose of claims – and therefore be subject to higher success fees
The High Court has ruled that noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) should be treated as a disease rather than an injury for the purpose of claims – and therefore be subject to higher success fees
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Compelling new evidence is published today showing that small and medium-sized law firms are trading more strongly than at any time since the financial crisis of 2007/08
Compelling new evidence is published today showing that small and medium-sized law firms are trading more strongly than at any time since the financial crisis of 2007/08
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Personal injury specialist has been barred from the profession after being found to have ‘doctored’ a settlement offer
Personal injury specialist has been barred from the profession after being found to have ‘doctored’ a settlement offer
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Law firms “getting even worse” at handling telephone enquiries, says mystery shopper
Law firms “getting even worse” at handling telephone enquiries, says mystery shopper-
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Quindell confirms £640m sale is on table
Quindell confirms £640m sale is on table
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Nottingham Law School is set to become the first university to be granted the status of an alternative business structure
Nottingham Law School is set to become the first university to be granted the status of an alternative business structure
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Fall in complaints to the SRA
Fall in complaints to the SRA
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Solicitors are not under a general duty to check the credit status of parties in a commercial transaction unless instructed to, the High Court has ruled
Solicitors are not under a general duty to check the credit status of parties in a commercial transaction unless instructed to, the High Court has ruled
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Criminal legal aid challenge resumed
Criminal legal aid challenge resumed
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) revokes SRA decision to rebuke solicitor
Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) revokes SRA decision to rebuke solicitor
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Ex wife claims 23 years after divorce in Supreme Court decision
Ex wife claims 23 years after divorce in Supreme Court decision
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Legal regulators are working on ways to stop solicitors from handling client money
Legal regulators are working on ways to stop solicitors from handling client money
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Solicitors required to commit to statement of continuing competence
Solicitors required to commit to statement of continuing competence
Read More | Posted: 20 March 2015

Breaking News: Law Society President expresses concern over cost of Consumer Credit Regulation for Law Firms...
Breaking News: Law Society President expresses concern over cost of Consumer Credit Regulation for Law Firms...
Read More | Posted: 28 November 2014

SRA PII reforms knocked back
  SRA PII reforms knocked back – read how the SRA’s proposals for PII reform failed
Read More | Posted: 27 November 2014

Chief legal Ombudsman quits after accounts probe.
Chief legal Ombudsman quits after accounts probe.
Read More | Posted: 19 November 2014

Consumer Credit Regulation Seminar
Consumer Credit Regulation Seminar
Read More | Posted: 07 November 2014

Updated SRA Handbook introduced
  
Read More | Posted: 04 November 2014

SRA Board revises proposal to remove Annual Accountants’ Reports
SRA Board revises proposal to remove Annual Accountants’ Reports  
Read More | Posted: 18 September 2014

SRA issues guidance regarding the treatment of residual client ledger account balances
SRA issues guidance regarding the treatment of residual client ledger account balances
Read More | Posted: 22 August 2014

SRA Suffers PII setback
SRA Suffers PII setback
Read More | Posted: 22 August 2014

Regulator approves PII minimum cover requirements / lifts limit on residual balances to charity!!!
Regulator approves PII minimum cover requirements / lifts limit on residual balances to charity!!!
Read More | Posted: 03 July 2014

LEXCEL - Tired old quality standard, or tool to give you back control of your practice?
Tired old quality standard or tool to give you back control of your practice?
Read More | Posted: 12 May 2014

SRA consider changes to Regulatory Rules
SRA to review regulatory rules.
Read More | Posted: 09 May 2014

Solicitors Regulation Authority - Scam Email
Bogus email purporting to be from SRA.
Read More | Posted: 26 February 2014

SRA Training for Tomorrow consultation deadline looms
Time is running out if you would like your views to be known about the Solicitors Regulation Authority's proposals to legal education and training.
Read More | Posted: 20 February 2014

SRA to revoke 4,500 Practising Certificates.
In an unprecedented move the SRA have this week written to 4,500 solicitors to revoke their Practising Certificates. 
Read More | Posted: 07 February 2014

WIQS: the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme
From this month (February) the Law Society will begin promoting the benefits of contracting the services of a solicitor with WIQS accreditation. The scheme, which law practices have been able to sign...
Read More | Posted: 05 February 2014

Data protection and workforce diversity collection
By now, you will be on top of your diversity data collection for the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which legal practices must file by 31 January 2014.
Read More | Posted: 09 January 2014

Money laundering: minimising the risks with CPD
A recent practice note issued by The Law Society highlighted the tension between the confidential role played by a solicitor acting on behalf of a business client, and his or her legal obligations regarding...
Read More | Posted: 30 April 2013

‘Chris Kirk-Blythe of LBS Legal calls for high level SRA resignation’
‘Chris Kirk-Blythe of LBS Legal calls for high level SRA resignation’
Read More | Posted: 07 March 2013

Responding to the scope of changing complaints.
An article from the Law Gazette by LBS Legal's Matt Rowley discussing the changing nature of complaints against Law firms. 
Read More | Posted: 04 March 2013

Law firm highlights social media and data protection hazards
A briefing from a global law firm has drawn attention to potential hazards solicitors face when using social media for marketing and recruitment.
Read More | Posted: 18 February 2013

COLP & COFA: Material Breach
By Matt Rowley, Professional Misconduct and Regulatory Compliance Lead Associate at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 05 September 2012

COLP & COFA: ‘INDEPENDENT’ THINKING
By Matt Rowley, Lead Associate, Professional Misconduct and Regulatory Compliance at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 12 August 2012

The CQS and Professional Indemnity Insurance – The Jigsaw is Beginning to Fit Together
By David Adshead, Associate, Practice Governance, Lexcel and CQS at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 06 August 2012

‘Commonsense’ Regulation
By Matt Rowley, Lead associate, Professional Misconduct and Regulatory Compliance at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 25 July 2012

LeO’s Scheme Rules – Comprehensive Cover
By Adam Entwistle at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 12 July 2012

Delay the Delayed Date
By Stephanie Blears & Adam Entwistle at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 13 April 2012

No Passport Control on the ABS Flight
By Adam Entwistle, Professional Misconduct & Regulatory Compliance Associate at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 11 April 2012

Conflicts Under OFR
By Catherine Booth and David Adshead, Practice Governance, Lexcel & CQS Associate at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 07 March 2012

When is an Outcome not an Outcome?
By Chris Kirk-Blythe, Director, Professional Indemnity Insurance & Risk Management at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 04 March 2012

Client Care – Are You Aware?
By Stephanie Blears, Professional Misconduct and Regulatory Compliance Associate at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 01 March 2012

All calls will be recorded: the gradual erosion of Legal Professional Privilege
By Adam Entwistle, Professional Misconduct and Regulatory Compliance Associate at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 19 February 2012

Outsourcing
By John Whitney, Practice Governance, Lexcel & CQS Associate at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 15 February 2012

COLP & COFA – Better The Devil You Know
By Matt Rowley, Head of Regulatory Compliance at LBS Legal (Leeds)
Read More | Posted: 12 February 2012

MySRA
By Jim Allen, Head of Regulatory Standards (North East)
Read More | Posted: 16 January 2012

Lexcel V5 – It’s Not So Bad
By David Adshead, Quality Systems Assistant at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 30 November 2011

MySRA
By Andrew McLauchlan, Head of Regulatory Standards at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 30 November 2011

A Degree of Uncertainty
By Adam Entwistle, Regulatory Compliance Assistant at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 28 November 2011

The Brave New World of Legal Services
By Matt Rowley, Head of Regulatory Compliance at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 28 November 2011

Compliance Plans – Causing Despair for Sole Practitioners
By Stephanie Blears, Risk and Compliance Assistant at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 24 November 2011

OFR and Freedom in Practice
By Matt Rowley, Head of Regulatory Compliance at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 23 November 2011

The CQS
By Anna Worrall, Lexcel assistant at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 22 November 2011

Managing Risk = Managing Behaviour
By Denise Butler, Director of Quality Systems at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 21 November 2011

The Lexcel Standard V5
Monday 14th November by John Whitney, Head of Lexcel Accreditation at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 13 November 2011

Relationship Management for BIG Firms ONLY – quote from the SRA
Monday 24 October 2011 by John Hyde
Read More | Posted: 03 November 2011

The cost of COLPs
By March 2012 all legal practices will have to have designated a Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP.)
Read More | Posted: 25 October 2011

LLP Conversion the Optimum Legal Structure
LLP Conversion ... 
Read More | Posted: 18 October 2011

MY SRA….The pressure is on!
MY SRA…The pressure is on!
Read More | Posted: 18 October 2011

Law Society outwitted and outmanoeuvred?
Des Hudson, the Chief Executive of the Law Society ... 
Read More | Posted: 22 September 2011

CQS A Pre-requisite for Panel Membership…How many more to follow?
As the Conveyancing Quality Scheme becomes compulsory for one major lending institution, how many others are likely to follow suit?
Read More | Posted: 15 September 2011

SRA’s Practice Standards Unit Abolished
It is still not widely known that the SRA disbanded the Practice Standards Unit some weeks ago ...
Read More | Posted: 14 September 2011

Firm reservations
The clock is ticking towards the inception of Outcomes-Focused Regulation ... 
Read More | Posted: 13 September 2011

SRA Board members guilty of professional misconduct
The SRA Code of Conduct 2011 requires all firms to display the exact words ... 
Read More | Posted: 09 September 2011

COLP & COFA: ‘INDEPENDENT’ THINKING
By Matt Rowley, Lead Associate, Professional Misconduct and Regulatory Compliance at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 12 August 2011

The CQS and Professional Indemnity Insurance – The Jigsaw is Beginning to Fit Together
By David Adshead, Associate, Practice Governance, Lexcel and CQS at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 06 August 2011

Commonsense’ Regulation
By Matt Rowley, Lead associate, Professional Misconduct and Regulatory Compliance at LBS Legal
Read More | Posted: 25 July 2011

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