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High Definition

The politics behind regulation of legal services have been very much to the fore of late – particularly evident in the debate over referral fees since Jack Straw rather belatedly suggested that they ought to be banned. Notwithstanding that the…

Resisting temptation

‘OFR’, or outcomes-focused regulation, will be with us on 6 October 2011. Although the start date for the SRA to become a regulator of ABS has been pushed back “probably” until the end of the year, it is full steam…

Fair play

It is no longer headline news that the way solicitors are regulated is changing from October. Nor is it particularly remarkable that the Solicitors Regulation Authority has admitted that it needs to take steps to build a new relationship with…

Called into question

‘Evidence-based regulation’ sounds like a good thing. It implies that regulators will only take action where there is evidence to support any decision that they might make. I’m all in favour of that approach. This week, however, the Legal Services…

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…

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…