News 2010

News 2010

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  • Bar Council Calls for the Prohibition of Referral Fees 29 December, 2010 - Bar Council's and Criminal Bar Association's joint response to the Legal Services Board's discussion document on the regulatory treatment of referral fees, referral arrangements and fee sharing, calls for referral fees to be scrapped.
  • TheKnowList to launch CSR programme 22 December, 2010 - TheKnowList will launch its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme
  • LeO consults on equality and human rights 17 December, 2010 - A consultation issued by the Legal Ombudsman in relation to valuing diversity and promoting equality.
  • LSB proposes diversity transparency increase 17 December, 2010 - LSB announces proposals that would see all law firms and barristers chambers in England and Wales gathering and publishing data about the diversity of their workforce.
  • FLBA Warns of Consequences of Civil Legal Aid Cuts 17 December, 2010 - FLBA warns of the potentially dangerous consequences of the planned cuts to civil legal aid.
  • LSB launches “secret” will shopper 13 December, 2010 - LSB commissions IFF Research to explore will-writing market and test the quality of wills produced. The research will recruit individuals who are looking to get a will and follow them through the process of selecting a service provider and getting a will.
  • Land Registry consultation on land registration and the LSA 7 December, 2010 - Land Registry launches consultation on proposed changes to land registration legislation to take account of changes made by the Legal Services Act 2007.
  • Bar Council chair calls for diversification 7 December, 2010 - Incoming Bar Council Chairman calls for publicly funded barristers to diversify their practices and develop a mixed practice, incorporating privately as well as publicly funded work
  • Conveyancing rights for ILEX members 7 December, 2010 - The Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) is proposing to make an application to become an approved regulator to grant rights to undertake conveyancing to those of its members who are suitably qualified.
  • Law Society calls for greater ethics emphasis 7 December, 2010 - Law Society calls for greater focus on ethics in the Qualifying Law Degree and for the development of more robust systems for assuring quality in the provision of legal education and training.
  • Future client financial protection arrangements 7 December, 2010 - A consultation issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority containing proposals for ways in which professional indemnity insurance is dealt with from October 2011 and further proposals to come into effect by October 2012.
  • SRA proposes major changes to insurance arrangements 7 December, 2010 - SRA publishes proposals for dealing with PII issues including removing the single renewal date, ending mandatory cover for work done for financial institutions, and reducing the time firms can stay in the Assigned Risks Pool from 12 to six months.
  • SRA unveils how OFR will be delivered 7 December, 2010 - SRA produces paper setting out details of how it will deliver outcomes-focused regulation, including how risk-based regulation will work in practice; what consumers, firms and regulated individuals can expect and updated guidance for those looking to launch ABSs.
  • Legal regulators launch major education and training review 22 November, 2010 - SRA, BSB and the Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards to review legal services education and training in the regulated legal sector.
  • IOP to produce transatlantic competency standards 22 November, 2010 - IOP and NYPCA to produce joint competency standards
  • Paralegals to become eligible to apply for judicial appointment 12 November, 2010 - Senior paralegals now eligible to apply to become judges of First-tier tribunals under changes brought in by the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act.
  • ILCA now officially ILFM 12 November, 2010 - The Institute of Legal Cashiers and Administrators has confirmed that it will as of today be known as The Institute of Legal Finance and Management (ILFM)
  • LSCP proposes legal quality audits 11 November, 2010 - Legal Services Consumer Panel calls upon legal regulators to improve the quality control of, and information provided about, the performance of their regulated lawyers.
  • SRA reveals plans for ABS 9 November, 2010 - SRA discloses plans for ABSs in speech delivered by SRA Chair Charles Plant at The Lawyer conference on alternative business structures, on 8 November 2010.
  • SRA appoints independent reviewer for complaints 4 November, 2010 - SRA announces appointment of the Independent Complaint Resolution Service as an independent reviewer to handle complaints about the service provided by the SRA and to provide independent oversight and respond to complaints that cannot be resolved internally.
  • Fitness to stand trial 2 November, 2010 - Law Commission launches consultation looking at how it is determined whether someone accused of a crime is mentally fit to participate in a criminal trial and what should be done if they are not?
  • SRA report on client financial protection arrangements 2 November, 2010 - SRA publishes report into the current financial protection arrangements for consumers of legal services including issues relating to professional indemnity insurance.
  • Solicitors warned about store-card fraud 2 November, 2010 - LDG warns solicitors to be especially careful that they do not become the subject of identity theft and fraudulent store card applications, after it was revealed by one popular DIY store that a number of solicitors have been targeted in this way.
  • LSB publishes decisions on levy arrangements 2 November, 2010 - LSB announces proposals for recouping the ongoing running costs for the LSB and Legal Ombudsman from Approved Regulators.
  • CLC Outcomes-Focused Regulation Consultation 1 November, 2010 - The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has published four new consultations dealing with aspects of the regulatory approach to outcomes-focused regulation.
  • Law Society issues compromise agreement warning 1 November, 2010 - Law Society expresses concerns that an ambiguity in the drafting of section 147 of the Equality Act in relation to compromise agreements means that there is no way in which compromise agreements under the Act can be made enforceable.
  • Law Society launch conveyancing quality scheme 22 October, 2010 - Law Society announces launch of conveyancing quality scheme (CQS) to help homebuyers and sellers. The scheme is supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association and the Association of British Insurers.
  • SRA launches further handbook consultation 22 October, 2010 - SRA launches fourth consultation paper on fundamental changes to the way in which solicitors and firms are regulated - setting out a unified regulatory Handbook for both traditional law firms and ABSs.
  • SRA appoints Chief Adviser on City law firms 19 October, 2010 - Former Linklaters partner Nick Eastwell to take on role of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's Chief Adviser on City law firms.
  • First firms sign up for SRA relationship management pilot 19 October, 2010 - Six law firms are to take part in the first wave of the SRA's outcomes-focused regulation relationship management pilot.
  • Property and registration fraud practice note 12 October, 2010 - The Law Society and the Land Registry collaborate to produce a joint practice note to help solicitors make clients more aware of protecting their property interests against fraud and safeguard their rights as legitimate property owners on the register.
  • MSPs vote in favour of the introduction of ABS 8 October, 2010 - MSPs vote in favour of the introduction of alternative business structures provided licensed legal services providers make up a minimum of 51% of the ownership.
  • SRA’s enforcement action on ARP shows results 8 October, 2010 - SRA management of ARP recovers ?750,000 of outstanding premiums and reduces number of applicants.
  • LSB announces proposal for referral arrangements 30 September, 2010 - LSB announces proposals to improve the regulation of referral fees and arrangements which can be summarised as reveal, regulate, and only then, retain.
  • Society launches PII help scheme 29 September, 2010 - Society launches new scheme to assist law firms who are experiencing difficulty securing professional indemnity insurance renewal terms.
  • SRA announces rule changes 29 September, 2010 - SRA announces changes to rules 2 & 20 of the Solicitors Code of Conduct and to rule 3 Solicitors' Financial Services (Conduct of Business) Rules 2001.
  • The Institute of Legal Cashiers and Administrators to change name 3 September, 2010 - The Institute of Legal Cashiers and Administrators (ILCA) to change name to the Institute of Legal Finance and Management (ILFM)
  • SRA launches new Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme 1 September, 2010 - SRA launches new Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme designed to strengthen procedures for assessing internationally qualified lawyers, and other lawyers wishing to practise as solicitors in England and Wales.
  • ILEX apply for probate rights 1 September, 2010 - ILEX applies to LSB for approval of proposals to provide full probate services.
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