The Bar Standard Board's training and education plans may provide an example of what the SRA loses by putting all its regulatory money on the regulation of competence through outcomes (and the markets that will swirl around such provision). In brute terms, the SRA professes only to regulate solicitor outcomes and leaves providers to decide … Continue reading BSB vs SRA on professional education: the merits of regulating providers
So the first round of the Legal Education and Training Review is complete. Julian Webb et al's report is out and the dust can begin to settle. The research phase faced a number of problems. There are four I would emphasise: a wide, ill-defined brief, not susceptible to original research on the resources devoted to … Continue reading LETR: Why everyone is happy and no one is smiling
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 users of legal services, 460,000 were likely to be dissatisfied. They suggest low levels then … Continue reading Don’t complain: OFT come back for a look at legal services
The LETR has produced a fourth discussion document. It's not long now until the final report is due and we are promised a number of research papers between then (December) and now. The document is careful not to prejudge most of the key questions but there are, what might be, some subtle steers. For me, … Continue reading LETR Discussion Doc #4: is the end in sight, the end?
Two papers published this week on legal education underline for me a number of unresolved tensions in professional regulation. The papers come from the Legal Services Board and the College of Law's Legal Services Institute, the latter authored by Stephen Mayson and John Randall. The LSBs paper emphasises the need for the Legal Education and … Continue reading LETR: Is there a big hole opening up under the solicitors’ profession?
Every time there is a recession, the solicitors' profession likes to reconsider minimum salaries for its trainees. For a while this was a kind of annual sport. Chairs of the Trainee Solicitors' Group and the Young Solicitors' Group Lawyers (I did both jobs back in the days when the Law Society Council was busy tearing … Continue reading Minimum Salary: In real trouble this time
This is my talk to UCL's debate on legal education: do lawyers need to be scholars? I have amended it slightly to read as a blog rather than a talk. If we leave the question at 'do lawyers need to be scholars' it is a relatively simple answer of no. We do not need practicing … Continue reading Do Lawyers Need Scholars?