Category Archives: Professional Regulation

Curb your enthusiasm: time to act on finessing witness statements?

An interesting story in the Lawyer about Peter Smith J criticising SNR Denton for their handling of witnesses and witness statements.  I was reminded immediately of Gloster J’s comments in the Abramovich-Berenovsky case about the polishing of evidence.  The tension between lawyers duty … Continue reading

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Cab Rank Rules or Bar Room Brawls?

The late lamented Bobby Robson once said of Craig Bellamy, he could start an argument in an empty room with himself that lad. And I am left with that same feeling myself on reading the recent newsletter from Chair of … Continue reading

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Don’t complain: OFT come back for a look at legal services

An old OFT report was one of the precursors to the Legal Services Act. It has just published a report on legal services regulation taking stock, post  implementation.  Some of the interesting points are: Out of an estimated 3 million annual … Continue reading

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What’s the story with solicitors’ complaints and LeO?

The Legal Services Board have published an interesting summary of research on the legal services market which is well worth a read. Especially if you a member of the legal profession, aren’t really up for the vigorous competition coming your … Continue reading

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Competition vs Regulation

The SRA have produced a very thoughtful paper on the LSB’s approach to regulation.  It advocates a halt to the proliferation of overlapping responsibilities of regulators and the reservation of all legal services, rather than the patchwork of reserved activities … Continue reading

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Regulating Occupations: what we know, what we don’t know

An interesting report on Regulating Occupations from UKCES has just been published.  It surveys a vast field looking at licensing, voluntary accreditation and other approaches to regulating the professions and a vast range of more mundane occupations across Europe and … Continue reading

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Paterson, Hamlyn and the Separation of Regulation and Representation

Alan Paterson’s Hamlyn Lectures, Lawyers and the Public Good raise a number of very interesting questions about the future of professionalism post-Legal Services Act.  Alan is a passionate advocate of the importance of professionalism whom I have had the privilege … Continue reading

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