Archive for the 'legal services' Category

Legal Profession Law (4): Jeremy Hopkins, Practice Manager, 3 Verulam Buildings – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to Jeremy Hopkins, a practice manager at 3 Verulam Buildings, the Chambers of Ali Malek QC – a leading and well known commercial set. Given the recent TV programme Silk (and the arguably better version of Peter Moffat’s writing, North Square – both series featuring extremely cunning clerks at the very centre of the action… I thought it would be interesting to get an inside track on this world from Jeremy…. but first……. I would like to get a view on the real world of practice managers / clerks, the state of the legal profession today and his thoughts on the changes to the legal landscape coming in the wake of the the coming into force of The Legal Services Act this autumn.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 27th April 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

LSB sets out approach to overseeing regulation – Legal Services Board

“The LSB is today launching a new discussion paper setting out its approach to ensuring standards of regulation in the legal services sector.”

Full story

Legal Services Board, 26th April 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Employment lawyers see surge in disputes – Law Society’s Gazette

“Employment solicitors have seen a surge in clients seeking advice on work-related disputes, according to figures seen by the Gazette.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 8th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Consumers warned over deregulation of legal services – The Guardian

“The legal ombudsman has warned that consumers will need to take even greater care checking the regulatory status of firms offering legal services when the legal world experiences its equivalent of the big bang this autumn.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Tesco law’ – not the big bang, but it will change the face of legal services – The Guardian

“The Law Society’s decision to back an application by its regulatory arm to oversee alternative business structures applications is a significant step.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal advice ‘too expensive’ warns bar regulator’s chair – Law Society’s Gazette

“Legal advice is ‘too expensive’ and has ‘moved out of reach of the middle classes,’ the chair of the Bar Standards Board said this week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legal Profession Lawcast (2): Neil Rose on ABS – Jackson – Funding – Regulation and the state of the profession today – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to Neil Rose of Legal Futures about the changing legal landscape in 2011. Legal Futures is the brainchild of Neil Rose, who has been writing about the Legal Services Act since its genesis in the OFT report of 2001. Neil is a highly experienced legal journalist, having spent 12 years working on the Law Society’s Gazette, latterly as Deputy Editor and including a lengthy spell as Acting Editor in 2007. A qualified solicitor, he went freelance in January 2008.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 7th March 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Study to examine oversupply of LPC graduates – Law Society’s Gazette

“An in-depth study into education and training within the profession will address the current ‘mismatch’ between the number of Legal Practice Course graduates and training contracts, and will assess the role of paralegals, the Legal Services Board has said.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 24th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

#Without Prejudice – The Law Podcast 1: Assange, EAW, British Bill of Rights, Oversupply of lawyers and Silk – Charon QC

“We covered a great deal of ground in this first episode of this round the table podcast: Assange verdict on extradition, European Arrest Warrants – The British Bill of Rights and the ECHR – The oversupply of lawyers …and we even had time to consider Garrow’s Law and Silk the BBC tv dramas on law and lawyers.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 24th February 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Oversupply of lawyers to drive down costs, says Green – Law Society’s Gazette

“The oversupply of qualified lawyers denied entry to the profession has led to a ‘burgeoning body of paralegals’ that will have a profound effect on solicitors and barristers, former bar chairman Nick Green QC said last week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Professional Practice Committee guidance on the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 – The Bar Council

“Guidance for barristers produced by the Professional Practice Committee of the Bar Council on the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 (the ‘Regulations’) has been sent to all Heads of Chambers this week.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Rethinking the legal profession in the 21st century – future models for delivering legal services – justice for users – new structures on old foundations – Speech by Lord Justice Carnwath

Rethinking the legal profession in the 21st century – future models for delivering legal services – justice for users – new structures on old foundations (PDF)

Speech by Lord Justice Carnwath, Senior President of Tribunals

Commonwealth Law Conference, 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

How the self-employed criminal bar intends to compete with solicitors – Law Society’s Gazette

“There are probably about 5,000 self-employed barristers and 1,000 higher court advocates active in criminal defence work. While the number of firms has dwindled substantially in the last few years, the number of barristers has increased, notwithstanding the fact that the work has diminished, mainly through the Crown Prosecution Service taking 25% of it in-house.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 27th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Why big brand legal services are bad news for solicitors – The Guardian

“As the AA and Saga launch online portals, more than half of law firms say they expect to lose work to non-lawyer competitors.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Public sector lawyers split on Government spending cuts – The Lawyer

“The implications of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) for local government legal services will be immense.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 20th October 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Do ‘no win, no fee’ personal injury ads go too far? – The Guardian

“Do advertisements for ‘no win, no fee’ personal injury (PI) services need curbing? They may not exactly be what John Logie Baird had in mind when he first transmitted moving images, but tackiness should not on its own be enough to shut down a route to injured people gaining access to justice. Nor to close off a lucrative source of income for the cash-strapped advertising industry.”

Full story

The Guardian, 12th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Black and female young offenders ‘failed by legal advice’ – The Guardian

“Black and female young offenders are being denied access to justice because legal advice in young offenders’ institutions is sometimes unavailable, a report shows.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New Legal Ombudsman warns rip-off lawyers – BBC News

“Lawyers who bring the industry into disrepute by charging huge prices for services will no longer get away with it, the new Legal Ombudsman has said.”

Full story

BBC News, 5th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Got a legal complaint? Now you can take it to the new legal ombudsman – The Guardian

“People who are dissatisfied with the service they have received from their lawyer can, from this Wednesday, complain to a legal ombudsman. The ombudsman can compel all regulated lawyers to comply with its investigations, and has the power to impose penalties ranging from apologising to a client, through to paying up to £30,000 compensation.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ambulance-chasing lawyers facing curbs in review of health and safety rules – Daily Telegraph

“A review of health and safety laws by a Tory peer is understood to recommend that the activities of personal injury and negligence lawyers should be curbed. The recommendation is one of 40 in a review of health and safety legislation by Lord Young of Graffham, a former trade secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s Government.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Justice Minister supports ‘one stop shops’ for legal services – Ministry of Justice

“Speaking at an event hosted by the Law Society, Jonathan Djanogly stressed the importance of alternative business structures (ABS).”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Law Society puts legal aid tender case to the High Court – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society warned that the Legal Services Commission’s family tender process will restrict access to justice for victims of domestic abuse, forced marriage and children, as its judicial review of the tender process began in the High Court today.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The changing relationship between solicitors and barristers – Law Society’s Gazette

“In the debate about how the legal regulators should amend practising rules to allow solicitors and barristers to operate in the new structures modelled in the Legal Services Act 2007, some predicted that the reforms could alter forever the identity of lawyers and lead to fusion – ending the distinction between law firms and chambers. That has not happened, but does slow progress to date rule out greater upheaval in future?”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 16th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors queue up to sue LSC – Law Society’s Gazette

“Pressure is mounting on the Legal Services Commission over its handling of the tender for civil legal aid contracts, as it faces a growing number of judicial review challenges to the process, and talks with the Law Society broke down.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 16th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

LSC reverses contract decision following judge’s warning – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Legal Services Commission has averted one legal challenge to its tender process by awarding a social welfare contract to a Birmingham firm which sought a judicial review of the LSC’s initial decision not to make an award.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 9th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Firms seek to launch High Court challenge to LSC tender process – Law Society’s Gazette

“Some 31 firms across the north-east have joined forces in a bid to launch a High Court challenge to the Legal Services Commission’s recent family tender process, the Gazette has learned.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 19th August 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legal aid cuts put access to justice at risk, say lawyers – The Guardian

“Thousands of the most vulnerable people risk being denied emergency access to free advice from lawyers following major changes to the way legal aid is delivered, family law experts warn today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th august 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Family judges alarmed over legal aid tender – Law Society’s Gazette

“The head of the family courts has warned the Legal Services Commission that he has been ‘inundated’ by family judges expressing serious concerns over the outcome of the family legal aid tender, in a letter seen by the Gazette.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 9th August 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Call for ‘urgent action’ on children’s services – Law Society’s Gazette

“A group of 18 legal, medical and child care organisations has called for urgent action to reform the delivery of court services to children in family proceedings.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 5th August 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legal aid clients left in limbo after payment changes – BBC News

“Hundreds of lawyers no longer advise vulnerable clients as changes in legal aid payments have forced many to abandon the work, the BBC has learned.”

Full story

BBC News, 5th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal aid lawyers facing fight to survive after tendering shake-up – The Guardian

“This week is crunch time for legal aid lawyers. The results of a big Legal Service Commission (LSC) tendering exercise means that firms could face closure and lawyers end up on the dole.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Refugee and Migrant Justice clients lose High Court bid – Law Society’s Gazette

“The High Court has rejected a bid to allow collapsed immigration advice charity Refugee and Migrant Justice to carry on representing its clients until their cases are transferred to other firms.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 7th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Web-savvy lawyers stand to gain online – The Guardian

“Many solicitors have websites, but few are really capitalising on the web’s reach to attract, and keep, clients.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Time to debate how we can sustain access to justice for the poor – The Guardian

“Securing legal advice for all in a time of austerity puts a responsibility on everyone in the profession.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Coalition government to review legal services reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

“The coalition government is reviewing key reforms to legal complaints handling and the introduction of alternative business structures, as part of a wider review of regulatory measures inherited from the previous administration.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 10th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

What alternative business structures mean for the legal profession – The Guardian

“Soon, perhaps as early as October next year, provision of legal services in England and Wales is set to change radically with the introduction of alternative business structures (ABS). Ownership of legal services providers – currently restricted to lawyers – will be open to anyone deemed ‘fit or proper’. This could be an insurance company or a supermarket – hence the sobriquet ‘Tesco law’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Experimental chambers BarFutures set to close – Law Society’s Gazette

“Experimental virtual chambers BarFutures is to close its doors at the end of June after two years because of a ‘lack of appetite for change within the profession’, the Gazette has learned.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 8th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Podcast: Chris Kenny, Chief Executive of the Legal Services Board – Charon QC

“Today (2 June) I talk to Chris Kenny, CEO of the Legal Services Board. Chris Kenny discusses the role and the function of the Legal Services Board and whether there is a need for it. He talks about the opportunities and threats to lawyers and legal services over the next five years. He looks at the impact on the Rule of Law given the proposed cuts to civil and criminal legal aid. He discusses the globalisation of legal services and international regulatory standards. Lastly, a bit of futurology, Chris discusses the likely legal landscape in the next five years.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 2nd June 2010

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Law Society president warns of looming threat to profession’s independence – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Legal Services Board’s proximity to government could threaten the independence of the legal profession, Law Society president Robert Heslett warned last night.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 26th May 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Podcast Inside Track: Nicholas Green QC – Chairman of the Bar on the future of the legal profession – Charon QC

“Nicholas Green QC outlines his vision for the future of the Bar, his optimism that it will continue to develop and grow and his belief in the need for it to become more commercial, while holding on to the highest professional standards. He discusses the impact of the Legal Services Act, including the ability of barristers to go into partnership with solicitors, the issue of direct access to the Bar plus the increasing flexibility of career routes into the profession.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 17th May 2010

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

What the legal services reforms could mean for how bar does business – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Legal Services Act, in combination with changes to the bar’s Code of Conduct agreed last month by the Bar Standards Board, herald a historic sea change for the bar. They give barristers the opportunity to practise in new ways that could radically change the relationship they have with solicitors.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 29th April 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council launches ‘ProcureCo’ model as Bar looks to evolve business structures – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council of England and Wales, has launched a model for new business structures for the Bar, dubbed ‘ProcureCo’. This follows historic rule changes made by the Bar’s independent regulatory arm, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), which gave barristers the ability to provide their services in different ways and to structure themselves in ways which had previously been prohibited.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 26th April 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

BSB launches survey on the future of the profession – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) today (16 April) launched a survey of the profession on opinions and expectations in relation to the new business structures permitted under the Legal Services Act 2007. The BSB has teamed up with leading market research group YouGov to create and administer the survey, which all barristers, clerks and practice managers will be invited to complete.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 16th April 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Historic Liberalisation of Permitted Practice at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

“The Legal Services Board approves Bar Standards Board applications designed to relax provisions in Code of Conduct for barristers’ working practices.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 1st April 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Most consumers ‘cannot tell good lawyer from bad one’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“Most consumers could not tell a good lawyer from a bad one, according to Ministry of Justice research published this week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 4th March 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB seeks views on authorisation to practise arrangements – Bar Standards Board

“The BSB has issued a consultation paper seeking views on proposals for revisions to barristers’ practising arrangements. The Legal Services Act 2007 requires individuals wishing to provide reserved legal activities (such as exercising a right of audience and the conduct of litigation) to be authorised to do so by the relevant approved regulator.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 1st March 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

MPs attack ‘lax’ Legal Services Commission – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Public Accounts Committee has today lambasted the Legal Services Commission for its handling of legal aid funds.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Barristers ‘gearing up for a revolution in the way they provide their services’ – The Bar Council

“Barristers in England and Wales are preparing themselves for major changes in the ways they provide legal services, the new Chairman of the Bar Council will say today.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 23rd January 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Barristers begin nationwide debate over new ways of providing legal services – Bar Standards Board

“Barristers throughout England and Wales are set to engage in a nationwide and thought-provoking debate over how they provide their services.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 11th January 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

LSB research reveals public ‘don’t know what lawyers do’ – Law Society’s Gazette

More than two-thirds of consumers have ‘little or no knowledge’ of what lawyers do, research published last week has revealed.

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 7th January 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

New ombudsman scheme for legal complaints – Ministry of Justice

“The Office for Legal Complaints has announced further moves to set up a new ombudsman scheme that will investigate and resolve complaints by consumers of legal services.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 9th December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bar Regulator approves fundamental changes – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB), which regulates 14,000 barristers in England and Wales, has today paved the way for fundamental changes in barristers’ working practices by giving approval for barristers to supply legal services through the legal structures known as Legal Disciplinary Practices (LDPs).”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 20th November 2009

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Anthony Speaight QC says label of Bar as a referral profession should be “decisively dumped” – The Bar Council

“At the Bar Conference session on direct access on Saturday, Anthony Speaight QC made a controversial call to the profession to stop labelling itself as a referral profession. He also made two suggestions for the profession to consider regarding funding arrangements.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 9th November 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Former bar chief questions wisdom of legal services reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

“The former chairman of the bar who led the profession when the legal services reforms were working their way through parliament has voiced strong reservations about the changes.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 26th October 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB announces decision making framework for new legal structures – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced a timetable and decision making framework in relation to its decisions on barristers’ future involvement in new legal structures.”

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 2nd October 2009

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk


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