German Regulator brings in Federal Lawyers’ Act (BRAO) reform

The BRAO reform came into effect on August 1st and will alter more laws than just the Federal Lawyers’ Act. The new BRAO no longer primarily focuses on the individual professional, but assumes that the professional training company is the central organizational form. these central organisations must take our organisational insurance. This means that the…

The Law Society of Ontario opens its paralegal insurance portlet

The Law Society of Ontario has launched a new insurance portal for paralegals, the new portlet is now live. Licensees can access the portlet through their portal account. This new online self-serve tool allows paralegals to review and update their insurance information quickly and easily, identify as “exempt” under By-Law 6 or indicate that they work under the…

American Bar Association Consultation on removing standardised entry requirements for law schools closes

The comment period for a proposal to do away with the American Bar Association’s standardized admissions test requirement for law schools closed Sept. 1 with more than 100 comments posted, laying bare the divisiveness of the issue. The topic appears to have garnered the most feedback of any issue posted to the ABA website’s Notice and Comment section since…

The Bar Standards Board of England and Wales releases reports on diversity and equality in training

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published two new research reports, the first looking at Bar training providers’ approaches to equality and diversity and the second examining students’ experiences of these approaches. The reports form part of the Board’s commitment to ensuring that access to training for the Bar is open to all on…

Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales publishes first ever Solicitors Qualification Exam 2 results

The first SQE2 assessment results have been released, with 77 per cent of candidates passing the assessment. The exam was taken in April by 726 candidates in 24 countries. Candidates were only allowed to take the SQE2 assessments if they had passed SQE1 or had otherwise demonstrated that they had appropriate legal knowledge. The 53…

Tech Law Fest 2022

After 2 years of virtual events, Singapore’s annual TechLaw.Fest returned for the fifth time with a hybrid event. The conference was attended by around 3,300 participants from more than 100 countries and 60 speakers from 20 to 22 July. The keystone event was the virtual reality metaverse exhibition, that was held on the first day…

Singapore Ministry of Law launches the Legal Technology Platform Initiative

The Singapore Ministry of Law has launched the Legal Technology Platform Initiative, a programme designed to help the legal industry of Singapore to digitise. The initiative is formed of 3 components: The Legal Technology Platform The LTPI Funding Programme Industry Engagement Initiatives The Legal Technology Platform (“LTP”), aims to support law firms, in particular small…

Legal Services Board of England and Wales sets new expectations to ensure lawyers remain competent throughout their careers

The Legal Services Board has published a new statutory statement of policy on ongoing competence. It sets clear outcomes that the legal services regulators should meet to ensure that lawyers have the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide good quality legal services. The launch of the new statement comes on the back of extensive policy development…

Dutch Bar provides special resilience training for criminal defence attorneys

The Dutch Bar has recognised that criminal defence attorneys who have clients behind bars can face pressure, threats and possibly even manipulative behaviour and is organising special resilience training to their members facing this challenge. Special attention is paid to manipulative behaviour and how this can lead to undesired influence on lawyers. The course covers how…