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Solicitors Journal – Is the sun setting on our way of life?

The responses of various bodies involved in legal regulation to the Ministry of Justice’s Call for Evidence demonstrate very clearly some of the current problems facing the legal profession. The SRA and the Law Society have both put in responses underlining current tensions between the two bodies with each effectively calling…

Solicitors Journal – Two sides of the diversity coin

It’s that time again. Summer in the legal services world comes complete with the inestimable joy of equality and diversity questionnaires. 2013 is the second year that law fi rms have been required to collate diversity data for submission to the SRA. Firms are also obliged…

Solicitors Journal – An unknown quantity

The message which has been coming from the SRA this month is that they want firms to engage with them at the first sign of trouble. We are told that the SRA has recently had a number of ‘success’ stories, where its engagement with firms in…

Solicitors Journal – The times are a changing

Much has been made of the challenges posed by the SRA handbook and the introduction of ABSs. There remains a pervasive resistance to the very idea of external investment in firms and, in particular, the commoditisation of legal services. There are many who speak extremely eloquently of the…

Solicitors Journal – New cost concerns

Solicitors are not, generally speaking, a group that attracts much sympathy. We tend to be seen as perfectly capable of looking out for our own interests – so much so that it is necessary for us to protect our clients by virtually begging them to complain…