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Solicitors Journal – Seal of Approval

Historically, there was little regulatory formality in setting up a law firm. Solicitors with more than three years PQE could obtain indemnity insurance, register the contact details with the Law Society and be up and running in no time. Firm authorisation is a relatively new concept for…

Solicitors Journal – Role play

There has been much discussion about the draft SRA handbook published on 6 April 2011. Most have their own areas of particular interest; for example, the SRA has proclaimed that the new handbook will provide for more flexible regulation and require those seeking to set up…

Solicitors Journal – Code of conflict

Ihave some predictions about the new code of conduct, published by the SRA last week (6 April 2011). It will be met with general approval by City and commercial firms, a mixture of approval and suspicion by smaller and mid-sized firms and with weary resignation or disbelief…

Solicitors Journal – Going overboard

First-tier complaints, resolved by solicitors’ firms internally, have traditionally been internal matters. Some complaints may have led to internal investigations and self reporting to the SRA, but, for the most part, minor costs complaints and service issues will have been handled in house. Central complaints records may have been…

Paying Tribute

With new plans for libel reform, we look at the case that waved goodbye to fair comment, and hello to honest opinion The case of Joseph v Spiller [2010] UKSC 53 has caused a stir in the world of defamation, and…

Road to ruin

Everyone knows the collective reputation of the solicitors’ profession should be its greatest asset. That is why solicitors found to have been dishonest are almost invariably struck off. The SRA seems to have a policy of appealing against decisions of…

Solicitors Journal – Branching Out

‘Root and branch’ reviews have become very popular in the post-Clementi world. They are the answer to every regulatory issue; real or perceived. So it’s no surprise that after three consecutive years of difficult indemnity renewals, the Solicitors Regulation Authority commissioned a…

Turn of the screw

It has been a funny old year. The word lawyers would probably choose to describe it would be ‘transitional’. For me, January was marked by a City of Westminster & Holborn Law Society dinner hosting the newly installed Charles Plant…

Solicitors Journal – Delicate condition

The use of conditions on practising certificates as a regulatory tool to manage risk seems likely to increase when outcomes focused regulation is finally adopted in 2011. The system is currently far from perfect, but it is, at least, tried and tested and subject to fairly…