The Legal Services Board of England and Wales consulted on experiences of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession

The LSB conducted qualitative research into legal professionals’ lived experiences of counter-inclusive practices. This is with the aim of informing future LSB research and policy activity on equality, diversity and inclusion. The research will also be shared amongst other regulators and professional bodies to better understand the barriers people face during their careers and to…

Solicitors Regulation Authority opens consultation on new indemnity scheme

The SRA is consulting on the arrangements and rules of an indemnity scheme that they run to provide future consumer protection for post six-year negligence. This follows a decision by the Board in September that an SRA-run indemnity scheme offered the most cost-effective and proportionate solution to providing appropriate consumer protection for post six-year claims….

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…

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…

CILEx, the legal executive professional body in England & Wales, seeks regulator switch

CILEX (the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives), which is recognised under the Legal Services Act 2007 as the front line regulator for legal executives is looking to switch regulators. Currently ‘specialist’ CILEx lawyers, legal executives and paralegals are regulated by CILEx Regulation (CRL), the separate regulatory arm that was established as a result of the…

The Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales held a webinar on Anti-Money Laundering and how to conduct a risk assessment

The Solicitors Regulation Authority held an Anti-Money Laundering Webinar covering: risk assessment areas firms are getting wrong good practice in other law firms from our latest round of AML visits how to get your firm-wide risk assessments right and make it the backbone of your AML controls. The webinar is now available to watch online…

The Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales has appointed a team of researchers to examine why ethnic minority solicitors are overrepresented in enforcement processes

The SRA has appointed a research team to help it better understand why there is an overrepresentation of those from  Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in reports made to it and subsequently its enforcement proceedings. Experts from a consortium from the universities of York, Cardiff and Lancaster, have come together to carry out the…

The Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales outlines new online threats in Risk Outlook Report

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new Risk Outlook report shows that email remains a significant vulnerability for law firms, involved in more than four out of five of all reported cybercrime incidents. The report outlines new threats as criminals look to exploit new technology. It shows that 83 per cent of cybercrimes reported in 2021 involved email…

Check My Legal Fees wins informed consent court case against Slater & Gordon

Solicitor/own client claims entity Check My Legal Fees (CMLF) has won its case against Slater & Gordon, opening the door to millions of former personal injury firm clients to recover deductions. Mr Justice Ritchie ruled that Slater & Gordon had to make significant disclosures to CMLF, including of the phone calls in which it signed…