People in Scotland relying on legal aid may soon be unable to find a solicitor because many law firms simply can’t afford to carry out legal aid work The post Scottish legal aid system ‘needs urgent overhaul’ appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
CILEx to separate out its duties to the public interest, the profession and independent regulation The post CILEx unveils radical governance reform appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
The Legal Services Board (LSB) has issued revised statutory guidance for regulators on diversity. The changes introduced place a focus on improved outcomes, ensuring all regulators take… The post LSB revises its diversity guidance appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
The Law Society has today published a new practice note on Legal Professional Privilege (LPP) that offers solicitors the latest guidance on this fundamental legal principle. Whilst… The post Legal Professional Privilege Practice Note appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
Taking a look at the advantages and disadvantages of implementing BYOD, the risks that exist and safeguards firms can consider when implementing it – including the need for a robust BYOD policy The post The regulatory and practice implications of BYOD appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
Law Society of Scotland figures reveal that the number of traineeships available for aspiring solicitors in Scotland continues to rise The post Scottish solicitor traineeship numbers rise appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
Recent news reports of the first-time buyer tricked into paying over £74,000 to a fraudster posing as his solicitor over email reinforces the messages contained in the SRA's recent report “IT Security: Keeping information and money safe“ which was published at the beginning of December 2016. In this article we look at some of the issues involved and at steps firms should be taking to protect them...
CILEx responds to Government's consultation on whiplash reform, saying the plans will penalise genuinely injured persons The post CILEx oppose Government whiplash plans appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
Bar Council welcomes new MoJ proposals for barristers and other advocates to be paid fairly for the work they do in publicly funded criminal cases. The post Fairer Pay Proposal for Advocates appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
Law Society warns that a desire for greater competition and deregulation in legal services sector must not be allowed to undermine consumer protection. The post Law Society urges de-regulation caution appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
Law Society calls for complete ban on cold calling in PI cases to protect consumers and prevent unscrupulous operators getting around existing rules The post Law Society backs call for cold-calling ban appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
SRA publishes proposals which they hope will make it easier for law firms to develop new ideas and new thinking The post SRA to encourage firms to offer new services in new ways appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
Here we consider reasonable adjustment and the need to ensure that those with a disability are able to undertake their employment or access premises and services your firm provides. The post Are you Reasonably Adjusted? appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
LSB launches survey of all ABSs to try to understand more about the environment in which they function and the challenges they face The post LSB launches ABS survey appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
SRA reveals email hacks of conveyancing transactions are the most common cybercrime in the legal sector, with £7m of client losses reported in the last year The post Conveyancing theft main law firm cybercrime issue appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
The Ministry of Justice is seeking views on Legal Services Board and the Office for Legal Complaints as part of the UK government’s requirement to reform public… The post Views Required on LSB & LeO appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
Law Society of Scotland issues warning that cyber security is one of the biggest issues facing solicitors. The post Scots Issue Cyber Security Warning appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
The question of how much information consumers should be given about a solicitors’ practice has come to the fore with the publication this month of an SRA discussion paper entitled “Regulatory Data and Consumer Choice in Legal Services”. Here we take a look at the question of the provision of firm data. The post How Much Should We Reveal About Ourselves? appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
Government's decision to retain the anti-money laundering (AML) consent regime welcomed by the Law Society The post Law Society Welcomes Government AML Stance appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
SRA issues warning to solicitors about the risks of involvement in high-yield investment schemes following reports of law firms being linked to potentially fraudulent incidents where clients have lost substantial amounts of money. The post SRA issues investment schemes warning appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
With just over a month to go until the SRA's new approach to CPD becomes compulsory for all solicitors, there remains a lack of awareness as to what the new proposals will and will not require. This article looks at those requirements and at what solicitors need to do in order to achieve compliance. The post CPD – practical steps to complying with the new SRA training requirements appeared first ...
SRA publishes report as to how law firms could be affected by the United Kingdom leaving the European Union The post Exiting the EU: An update for lawyers appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
LSB publishes its vision for legislative reform of the regulatory framework for legal services in England and Wales. The post LSB publishes regulatory framework proposals appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched an online survey into how legal services are being delivered by barristers. It is hoped that the survey will help… The post BSB launches survey on the future of legal services delivery appeared first on Lawyers Defence Group.