CILEX and training company Pearson co-operating on the creation of new legal services ‘T-level’ in England and Wales

CLIEX and Pearson begin work on the creation of a new legal services qualification, a ‘T-level’, which will sit alongside the traditional A-level.

The qualification will be for students who want to enter the legal profession, particularly those interested in business administration roles within the legal sector. The qualification will lead directly into a CLIEX professional qualification, opening the door to paralegal work and ultimately a CILEX lawyer role.

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The Bar Standards Board of England and Wales has welcomed the new sanctions guidance announced by the Bar Tribunals and Sanctions Service

The Bar Standards Board of England and Wales has welcomed a new sanctions regime brought in by the Bar Tribunal and Sanctions Service. The new sanctions will be used by Disciplinary Tribunals and by the BSB’s Independent Decision-Making Body in deciding what sanctions to bring against barristers found to have committed professional misconduct.

The new sanctions came into force on 1st January 2022.

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The Bar Standards Board of England and Wales has welcomed the new sanctions guidance announced by the Bar Tribunals and Sanctions Service

The Bar Standards Board of England and Wales has welcomed a new sanctions regime brought in by the Bar Tribunal and Sanctions Service. The new sanctions will be used by Disciplinary Tribunals and by the BSB’s Independent Decision-Making Body in deciding what sanctions to bring against barristers found to have committed professional misconduct.

The new sanctions came into force on 1st January 2022.

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales annual compliance officers conference goes hybrid

This key annual conference attracted 600 people to the face-to-face event, followed by more than 33,000 views of virtual sessions the following week.

The programme covered topics including:

  • Money laundering
  • The SQE and what it means for your firm
  • Innovation and technology – how can technology help firms spot risks and comply with regulatory obligations
  • Accounts rules – one year from implementation
  • Anti-money laundering – practical tips for managing AML risks
  • Your compliance queries
  • Cybercrime, Covid and homeworking and increased risk
  • Better information for customers

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How Consumer-Focused Innovations in the Legal Services Market Invigorate Access to Justice

Abstract:

The Legal Services Act 2007 was devised to effectuate a wide ranging reform in favour of access to justice, bringing about profound transformations to the legal services market. The essay examines the various mechanisms contrived to operate in the consumers’ interest, as well as the impact of technology disruption on the private and business segments of the legal services market.

Kim, Habbine Estelle, (2016). How Consumer-Focused Innovations in the Legal Services Market Invigorate Access to Justice.

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The Legal Services Board of England and Wales has launched a consultation on its draft business plan and budget for 2022/23

The Legal Services Board of England and Wales business plan is an attempt to push forward its goals of reforming the legal sector to better serve the consumer and deliver fairer outcomes, stronger confidence and better services.

The proposed new strategy includes financial protection arrangements, consumer redress and the rule of law and regulation. Key to this is a review of professional indemnity insurance and compensation funds to ensure a balance between consumer rights and the cost of protecting these rights. It is hoped the draft plan will allow the LSB to make progress on reforming the legal sector and cement the role of legal professionals in society more broadly.

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The Bar Standards Board of England and Wales has published its regulatory decision making annual report

This is the second report of its type by the Bar Standards Board since the way regulatory decisions were made was reformed. The report finds that between April 2020 and March 2021 the number of reports and applications for exemptions substantially increased. This coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bar Standards Board has increased proactive supervision and support of the profession, focusing on key areas such as pupillage and bullying. Part of the this report has been to understand the impact of the pandemic on the profession and find out where support is most needed.

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Solicitors Regulation Authority publishes new anti-money laundering report

Work carried out to make sure solicitors keep criminals from using the profession to launder money has been detailed in a new review.

The SRA have published their first professional supervisor report, a recent requirement placed on all supervisors by both the Money Laundering Regulations and guidance by the Office for Professional Body Anti-money laundering Supervision (OPBAS) and HM Treasury. It sets out work over the last 12 months to help firms make sure their processes are effective and followed properly. That includes action taken against those firms that failed to take their obligations seriously.

A total of 85 firm visits took place, offering guidance on issues such as tax advice (the definition of which was expanded by the regulations this year) with another 168 desk-based reviews taking place. The most common reason for non-compliance with the anti-money laundering regulations was not having a proper risk assessment in place for AML matters, while other issues included poor client due diligence and checks on the source of funds.

Read the full report here.

Qualitative research into SMEs’ legal needs and adoption of Lawtech

On behalf of LawtechUK and the Legal Services Board, Community Research conducted qualitative research
with 40 SMEs from different sectors (10 of whom had previously used lawtech) to explore how they address their
legal needs and access legal advice and support, in order to understand how lawtech can better support SMEs.

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The Bar Standards Board of England and Wales moves to the next step of its project to ensure barristers practices comply with the Bar transparency rules.

The Bar Standards Board is beginning the next phase of its work regarding the Bar transparency rules which came into force in July 2019. This involves ensuring all barristers’ practices comply.

The Bar transparency rules are designed to help the public make informed decisions about barristers’ services and improve the information available to the public before they engage services. The rules require all self-employed barristers, chambers and BSB-regulated entities to publish specified information about their services, including which types of legal service they provide, their most commonly used pricing models and details of their clients’ rights of redress.

This move follows the publishing of a report on the impact of the new rules which shows that while most barristers’ practices have complied with the rules, compliance testing in 2020 and 2021 (which is ongoing) has revealed that there is still a significant minority who were not fully compliant with the rules.

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