News | BREAKING | New public legal education panel to help teach people about rights

Mock trials and role plays to bring law to the people in drive to equip litigants in person with legal skills 19 July 2017 The Attorney General has launched a new Public Legal Education panel to ‘support and drive forward legal education initiatives’. Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP, who will chair the panel, said: ‘Teaching people about their legal rights and responsibilities, together with … Continue reading News | BREAKING | New public legal education panel to help teach people about rights

News | SRA relies on property websites’ ‘fictional’ valuation to enforce £14,000 costs order

Former solicitor fails to resist costs enforcement order despite claims of being worse off than when he was struck off 18 July 2017 The Solicitors Regulation Authority has relied on estimates found on property websites to enforce a costs order for nearly £14,000 against a solicitor struck off four and a half years ago. In February 2013, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal upheld allegations that former … Continue reading News | SRA relies on property websites’ ‘fictional’ valuation to enforce £14,000 costs order

Blog | Will writing for millennials?

Proposals to bring the law on wills into 21st century practice are long overdue, but an essential question has unfortunately been left outside the scope of the reform: access to legal advice, says Jean-Yves Gilg 17 July 2017 Meet Jane Smith. Jane has just made an e-will and she is about to authenticate it. At the moment, however, Jane only exists in the future. The … Continue reading Blog | Will writing for millennials?

News | Law reform body proposes giving courts ‘dispensing powers’ in will disputes

Law Commission calls for overhaul of 1837 Wills Act in consultation paving the way for electronic and video wills 13 July 2017 Judges hearing contested will disputes could be given ‘dispensing powers’ under radical proposals that would also pave the way for electronic – and even video – wills. Current formality provisions in the 1837 Wills Act require a will to be in writing and … Continue reading News | Law reform body proposes giving courts ‘dispensing powers’ in will disputes

News feature | PII: Making the best of the boon years

Making the best of current market conditions means more than just enjoying the low premiums but also building up defences against electronic crime, writes Jean-Yves Gilg 30 June 2017 ‘It was a bit grubby ten years ago; it’s a much nicer market now,’ says Solicitors Journal regular contributor Russell Conway. The senior partner at West London practice Oliver Fisher has been responsible for the firm’s … Continue reading News feature | PII: Making the best of the boon years

News | Lawyers unconvinced by proposals to lower minimum PII terms

‘Insurers are already addressing the problem. Hasn’t the SRA better things to do?’ 29 June 2017 Proposals for a more flexible approach to professional indemnity minimum terms are unlikely to deliver any tangible benefits for law firms and risk lowering protection for clients, lawyers have warned. In October last year, the Solicitors Regulation Authority outlined a series of possible changes to professional indemnity insurance rules … Continue reading News | Lawyers unconvinced by proposals to lower minimum PII terms

News | BREAKING | SRA proposes new ‘regulated’ logo for law firms

Regulator’s action plan underscores benefit of regulatory standards for consumers 30 June 2017 Law firms could be allowed to use a new ‘Regulated by the SRA’ logo under plans unveiled by the Solicitors Regulation Authority yesterday. The logo is part of a range of measures proposed in response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s report on legal services. Frontline regulators had until today (30 June) … Continue reading News | BREAKING | SRA proposes new ‘regulated’ logo for law firms