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The Horns of a Dilemma


Criminal legal aid solicitors are at risk of breaching regulatory requirements whatever they do.

On one hand they are having to deal with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which is reminding them of their professional obligations while they are involved in their ‘difficult commercial dispute.’ Read the full story

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Barristers join legal aid boycott


The nationwide boycott over the government’s legal aid cuts gathered momentum as criminal barristers officially joined solicitors in their protest. A ballot by the Criminal Barristers Association (CBA) saw a narrow majority of 55% in favour of the action.

The CBA met last Monday evening and reaffirmed its support for the protest. A spokesperson said: “The members of the CBA voted in July to take action against the latest cut in legal aid fees by adopting no returns and not taking instructions.” Read the full story

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Are solicitors’ clients often overcharged?


A new system of regulation for the legal profession has been introduced. In a move away from a rules based approach, outcomes focused regulation (OFR) is the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) new approach.

The SRA will be implementing OFR from 6 October 2011. It claims to be outcomes focused and risk based, and aims to provide clients with services that are tailored to their particular needs. OFR means that firms and practitioners will have greater flexibility in establishing how they can achieve the best outcomes for their clients. The SRA has published a handbook which underpins the regulation of solicitors, law firms and alternative business structures (ABS). It brings together all of the SRA’s regulatory requirements into a single structure and underpins the regulation of solicitors, law firms and ABS. It sets out ethical standards that the SRA expects of law firms and practitioners, and the outcomes that it expects practitioners to achieve for their clients. Read the full story

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Delay for alternative business structures


6 October was the date on which the first alternative business structures (ABS) should have been able to open for business in the legal services market place in England and Wales. But now there has been a delay, and it will probably be at least the end of the year before non-lawyers can fully own and invest in law firms.

An ABS is a firm where a non-lawyer is a manager of the firm, or has an ownership-type interest in the firm. A firm may also be an ABS where another body is a manager of the firm, or has an ownership-type interest in the firm and at least 10 per cent of that body is controlled by non-lawyers. Under the proposed rules, ABS are not limited in the services that they can offer to the public. The Act is designed to Read the full story

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Work based learning


Articles of clerkship, now transformed into two year training contracts, have long been the basis of qualifying as a solicitor. While most who have gone through it consider it to be a reasonable introduction to the profession, the drawback is the lack of any assessment, and therefore no guarantee of Read the full story

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Regulation of Legal Services


Lord Hunt of Wirral was commissioned by the Law Society in October 2008 to advise on what was needed to establish best modern practice in the regulation of solicitors. His terms of reference were: Read the full story

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