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Electronic signatures for LR forms

Solicitors could no longer be asked to witness signatures on Land Registry forms if proposals for electronic signatures are adopted. In a long-awaited step towards electronic conveyancing, the registry has opened a consultation on amending rules to allow documents to be signed online by the government’s Gov.UK.Verify process. Law Society president Robert Bourns described the […]

LSB revises its diversity guidance

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 LSB revises its diversity guidance The Legal Services Board (LSB) today issues its revised statutory guidance for regulators on diversity. The changes introduced place a focus on improved outcomes, ensuring all regulators take their work in this area beyond data collection. The revised guidance allows regulators freedom to deliver their own, […]

Call to give SRA power to strike off solicitors

Call to give SRA power to strike off solicitors Posted By Neil Rose  Disciplinary cases involving solicitors are now akin to High Court trials and there needs to be a major overhaul that would make the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) responsible for handing out all sanctions, including strike-offs, a former prosecutor has said. Iain Miller […]

Law Society of England and Wales has appointed Paul Tennant OBE as interim chief executive.

Robert Bourns, Law Society president, said: “I am delighted to be working with Paul Tennant whilst we finalise arrangements for recruiting a permanent chief executive for the organisation. “Paul has been chief executive of a large and complex housing organisation but also has a clear understanding of non-executive leadership roles, having been president of the […]

CQS and HSBC conveyancing threshold raised for SPs from £150k to £350k

Nearly five years after the Law Society successfully campaigned for HSBC to expand its conveyancing panel to include all firms accredited under Chancery Lane’s specialist kitemark, the High Street lender has raised the mortgage threshold for sole practitioners who can act for the bank and borrowers. HSBC has announced that it will increase the loan […]

Solicitors’ agents could face prison

The Bar Council has warned unregistered barristers acting as solicitors’ agents that they could face prison if they do not comply with a ‘narrow’ area of law. In guidance published this week the body said anyone working as a solicitor’s agent needs to ‘consider carefully’ whether they meet requirements outlined in the Legal Services Act […]

Proposed SRA SQE reform criticised by Society of Legal Scholars

Law professors lambast proposed reform of solicitor qualification A planned radical overhaul of the solicitor training regime is “fundamentally flawed”, says a report from senior academics. The proposed reform – which involves a centralised exam for all those aiming to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales – risked creating a two-tier system that “will […]

SRA fines COLP who misunderstood obligations £7500

Compliance Officers for Legal Practice (COLP) and Compliance Officers for Finance and Administration (COFA) have vital roles in the regime of outcome focused regulation of the SRA. This is aimed at giving the most appropriate result for legal services consumers. The positions of COLP and COFA are key in creating a compliance culture within a […]

CMA report on Accreditation

Accreditation schemes  Accreditation schemes or quality marks have been developed by providers as a way of demonstrating that specific quality standards have been met or that the provider has specialist expertise. The majority of quality marks focus on specific practice areas but they commonly aim to signal that providers who have the accreditation are operating […]