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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 – 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 – Welcome to the lion’s den

IN THE AGEof the legal services revolution, solicitors could be forgiven for thinking the regulatory landscape changes weekly. Rule 2 of the Solicitors Code of Conduct 2007 is undergoing its third set of amendments in the space of little more than a year. The latest upheaval…

Soliciors Journal – Three’s a crowd

THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN regulators can be an odd mix of tension and cooperation. Recently there was a power tussle between the Legal Services Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority over the constitution of the SRA board. On the other hand there has been unprecedented cooperation between the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 – 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…