The Victoria Legal Services Board in Australia has published its Gender Equality Action Plan 2022-2025

The Victoria Legal Services Board has published its Gender Equality Action Plan 2022-2025, with a view to challenging gender inequality within the organisation. The key focus areas, actions and measures identified in the GEAP align with objectives in VLSB+C’s Corporate Plan 2022-24, particularly in the People, Technology and Governance section of the plan. That section…

HM Treasury releases Anti-money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Supervision Report 2020-2022

HM Treasury has released a report : Anti-money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Supervision 2020-2022. The report, which was published in December 2022, reports on the activity and performance of legal pubic body supervisors in tackling anti-money laundering. The key findings in the report are as follows: inadequate documented policies and procedures inadequate…

The Legal Services Board of England and Wales has published its annual assessment of performance of the legal regulators it oversees

The Legal Services Board of England & Wales has published its annual performance assessment of the eight legal regulators it oversees. Each regulatory body regulates different types of lawyers and service providers, however, all of the bodies have the same obligations under the Legal Services Act 2007. Each regulator was assessed on five categories: Regulatory…

The New Zealand Law Society publishes its Regulatory Strategy 2022-2025 ‘Navigating the Future’

The strategy aligns with the findings and decisions from the Independent Review of the statutory framework for lawyers, which has been commissioned to examine the regulation and representation of legal services in Aotearoa New Zealand, this includes the structure and functions of the Law Society. The key shifts made in the new regulatory strategy are:…

The Scottish Government publishes its official remarks in response to reforms on legal regulation

The Scottish government plans to bring forward legislation to reform and update the regulation of legal services in Scotland. The proposed legislation comes on the back of a consultation undertaken in 2021 to identify areas of improvement in a regulatory system largely written in the 1980s. The consultation ran between October and November 2021, with…

The Legal Services Consumer Panel in England and Wales has found ethnic minority clients feel they are not listened to by lawyers

New qualitative research commissioned by the Legal Services Consumer Panel of England and Wales highlights that ethnic minority consumers have lower levels of satisfaction with legal services they have received. The report also suggests ways in which they can be improved. The in-depth engagement with ethnic minority consumers shows that they want prompt, proactive and…

Board of Trustees approve options for California Supreme Court to review to extend the Provisional Licensure Programme

With the successful Provisional Licensure program due to come to an end on 31st December 2022, The California State Bar of trustees has approved 3 options for extending the programme which are to be presented to the Supreme Court. The programme, a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and directed by the Supreme Court, has seen…

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System publishes new Allied Legal Professionals report

IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, announced today that it released its new Allied Legal Professionals landscape report, along with an accompanying online Knowledge Centre. This project seeks to help standardize a new tier of legal professionals nationally, with the goal of increasing the options for…