European Court of Justice oral hearing on the German ban of third-party ownership of law firms

On April 30, 2024, the oral hearing regarding the German prohibition of third-party ownership in law firms took place before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The case (Halmer ./. Rechtsanwaltskammer München) concerns a decision made by the Munich Bar in 2021, when the latter revoked the admission of the law…

Warning to law firms in England and Wales working on financial compensation claims

Law firms handling financial product misselling compensation claims have been warned about potential issues in their approaches and the necessity to uphold professional obligations. Concerns have been raised about firms obtaining proper instructions from clients and supervising staff appropriately in high-volume or bulk claim processes. This warning follows discussions with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)…

The Legal Services Board of England and Wales have made available recordings and resources from their recent Reshaping Legal Services Conference

On 7 March 2024, the Legal Services Board and Legal Consumer Panel organised its second annual Reshaping Legal Services Conference. The conference followed a wide range of topics, for a full programme run down follow the link here. The Legal Services Board has made available recordings of speeches and presentations as well as other resources to…

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has initiated a consultation on its potential regulation of certain types of paralegals

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has initiated a consultation regarding proposed rule changes to enable the regulation of non-authorized members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX). This follows CILEX’s proposal to re-delegate regulation to the SRA. While a previous consultation addressed regulation of authorized CILEX members, this new consultation focuses specifically on non-authorized…

The Legal Services Board of England and Wales has published its business plan for 24/25

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has published its 24/25 business plan. This plan has three strategic themes, fairer outcomes, stronger confidence and better services and is underpinned by the 9 regulatory objectives of the 2007 Legal Services Act. The plan sets out the key areas and activities the LSB will focus on for the duration…

Legal Services Board of England and Wales annual report finds progress in regulation driving better legal services

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has published its Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2023. The report focuses on ensuring legal services are accessible and better meet the needs of society. The report covers the second year of the LSB’s ‘Reshaping Legal Services’ strategy. The key projects and activities during the…

The Scottish Government has released the results of its public consultation process into the outcomes of the 2017 Roberton Review

In 2017, the Scottish Government commissioned an independent Review of the regulation of legal services in Scotland (known as the Robertson Review). The primary recommendation from this was: “There should be a single regulator for all providers of legal services in Scotland. It should be independent of both government and those it regulates. It should…

The Legal Services Board of England and Wales launches consultation on a new framework for regulation in the legal services sector

The Legal Services Board has begun a consultative exercise on how best to create more efficient regulation of legal services. The new system places greater emphasis on leadership, delivering the regulatory objectives and running effective operations. The proposed new framework comes after several years of the existing one, feedback from the regulators, and research into…

The California Bar adopts new five year strategic plan

The Board of Trustees of the California State Bar Board of Trustees has agreed a new five year plan, setting the Bar’s strategic direction until 2027. The plan includes four strategic goals: Protect the Public by Strengthening the Attorney Discipline System: Administer an attorney discipline system that is efficient, accountable, and transparent. Protect the Public…

Lawyer Regulation Stakeholder Networks and the Global Diffusion of Ideas

This Article examines the increasingly global nature of the networks to which lawyer regulation stakeholders belong. After identifying who lawyer regulation stakeholders are, the Article identifies five different kinds of opportunities these stakeholders have to interact with global counterparts or to be exposed to global perspectives. For each of the five identified opportunities, the Article…

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