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Swift investments are needed to tackle unacceptable court delays

Large-scale investments are needed to ensure the criminal justice system is able to tackle court backlogs and ensure access to justice for victims and defendants, state leaders say lawyers. The warning from the Law Society of England and Wales comes as the Public Accounts Committee today published a report questioning the UK Government’s ‘meager ambition’ […]

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The President of the Bar calls for more diversity in the profession

The majority of lawyers in Ireland are women, but men continue to dominate the upper ranks of the profession, the Law Society president has said. On International Women’s Day on Tuesday, with a call for more diversity in the profession, Michelle Ní Longáin said it would help “break down prejudices” and increase access to justice […]

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Q&A with Lubna Shuja | The bar

How many years have you been a member of the board? I joined the Bar Council in 2013, representing the Sole Practitioners Group (SPG). There are more than 4,500 sole-practice solicitors in England and Wales, many of whom previously worked in firms in the city and across all areas of the profession. What other roles […]

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The Law Society and a consumer panel join forces to oppose the closure of SIF

Boyce: Profession happy to pay for SIF The Law Society and the Legal Services Consumer Panel have joined forces to oppose the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) plan to shut down the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The unprecedented joint statement argues for the continuation of SIF through an annual levy of £16 per lawyer or £240 […]

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UK faces shortage of duty counsel, Law Society says

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 6:05 p.m. The UK is facing a shortage of criminal lawyers as the sector faces a chronic recruitment crisis, the Law Society has warned. Anyone arrested in the UK has the right to seek free advice from a duty counsel. However, the number of duty solicitors working in Britain fell by […]

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Law Society backs ‘moderate’ increase in SRA’s fine powers

Law Society: Concerns about SRA processes The Law Society has backed a ‘moderate’ increase in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) fine powers to between £5,000 and £7,500, rather than the proposed £25,000. However, the company opposed the removal of fines from the SRA’s penalty guidelines as an option for sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment, arguing […]

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Strategy and business plan of the Commission des services juridiques 2022-2023 – Law Society’s response

In addition to the new areas of work, the LSB will continue its work on: fulfilling its legal obligations, including monitoring the performance of regulators and overseeing the OLC and SDT implement the recommendations of the Competition and Market Authority’s report on legal services through its consumer empowerment project finalize the policy statement on continuing […]

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Three opportunities to adapt to the post-pandemic world

Stephanie Boyce had been asked to share her thoughts on the future of the legal profession post-pandemic and focused on challenges and opportunities, including: law technology climate change, and the transition to remote justice The virtual roundtable was moderated by Jason Chan, SC, Vice President of the Law Society of Singapore. Speaking alongside Stephanie Boyce […]

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Law Society: Irreparable damage to justice system threatens without immediate action on legal aid

According to a letter from the President of the Law Society of Scotland to the Scottish Government, the Scottish Government’s historic and continuing neglect of the Scottish legal aid system will result in people who cannot afford advice legal will be denied access to justice. Despite former Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf’s pledge of support in […]

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UK law firm exposes India’s war crimes in IIOJK

ISLAMABAD: Indian Army Chief of Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane and Home Minister Amit Anil Chandra Shah were red-faced on Wednesday after a UK-based law firm Uni filed an appeal against their arrest with the Metropolitan Police in London for allegedly committing war crimes in the illegally Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The appeal […]

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SA Law Society appoints new president

The Law Society of South Australia has appointed a new president who will focus on guiding the profession through the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022, in addition to redirecting South Australia-based legal work to law firms and organizations of State. New President Justin Stewart-Rattray will bring more than 28 years of experience to this role, including […]

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NGOs concerned over recommendations of Special Law Commission on review of witchcraft law – Malawi Nyasa Times

The Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the Center for Human Development (CEDEP) have expressed concern about some of the recommendations made by the Special Law Commission regarding the review of the Witchcraft Act of 1911. In a joint press release on Friday, the CHRR and the CEDEP say they are particularly concerned […]

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SLCC assumes new Law Society oversight role as approved regulator

SLCC assumes new Law Society oversight role as approved regulator Posted 22 December 2021 The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) has today taken on a new role with regard to complaints under the new regime of alternative business structures. Following confirmation that the Scottish Government has licensed the Law Society of Scotland as an Approved […]

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SLCC takes on new Law Society oversight role as accredited regulator

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) has today taken on a new role in relation to complaints in the new Alternative Business Structures regime. Following confirmation that the Scottish Government has authorized the Law Society of Scotland as an Approved Regulator for Alternative Business Structures (ABS), the SLCC will now deal with two new categories […]

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Reopen the courts behind closed doors to tackle the backlog, urges the Bar | News

Court closures have “contributed significantly” to the backlog and the government should consider reopening recently closed courts to increase capacity, the Law Society told MPs. In written proof At the Public Accounts Committee, released today, the Law Society identified 11 courthouses that have recently closed but have not yet been sold, which “could potentially be […]

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NSW Law Society Announces Annual Medal Recipient

A juvenile court clerk was named the 2021 recipient of the President’s Medal of the Bar. The Law Society of NSW has announced that Juvenile Court Clerk and former NSW Legal Aid lawyer Mary Gleeson received the President’s Medal 2021 at their annual Membership Dinner in Sydney this week. Ms. Gleeson began her career in […]

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Law Society responds to LSB consultation on consumer empowerment

The Bar has issued a response to the Legal Services Board (LSB) consultation on consumer empowerment, saying it must empower frontline regulators to understand consumer engagement and the challenges the public faces. Following a consultation launched by the LSB on a draft statutory policy statement on consumer empowerment, outlining how regulators should ensure that those […]

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Comments of the Bar on the SRA 21/22 business plan

Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce supported the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) 2021-2022 business plan and budget, and reiterated the Law Society’s shared key priorities, including combating money laundering. money (AML), diversity, inclusion, technology. and innovative, “We are delighted that the SRA is prioritizing its work and resources over its core regulatory function: ensuring high […]

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Law Society of Scotland unveils Diane McGiffen as new chief executive

Ms McGiffen succeeds Lorna Jack, who will leave after 13 years with the professional body of more than 12,000 Scottish lawyers. She has held senior roles at Audit Scotland for the past 20 years, most recently as Chief Operating Officer, where she led strategy, business plans, governance, risk and performance. Register to our daily newsletter […]

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The Law Society of Ontario launches the Access to Innovation project

“The A2I project benefits Ontarians, legal service providers and the Law Society,” LSO CEO Diana Miles said in a statement. “By offering new ways to reach consumers, while protecting the public, A2I is opening up avenues for better access to justice. Once approved, A2I participants can provide services in Ontario for a specified period of […]

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The Bar Association’s Access to Innovation project accepts applications

TORONTO, November 3, 2021 / CNW / – The Access to Innovation (A2I) project has been launched and is ready to accept applications from innovative technological legal (ITS) providers who wish to serve Ontario consumers while respecting operating conditions protecting the public. “The A2I project benefits Ontarians, legal service providers and the Law Society. By […]

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Reduces annual fees and invests in library resources

TORONTO, 28 October 2021 / CNW / – Today, the Bar of from ontario the governing body (Convocation) approved the 2022 budget proposed by the management. This budget reduces annual fees for licensees and fees for license applicants while maintaining the long-term strong financial position of the organization. The budget advances strategic priorities, including modernizing […]

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Spotlight on the Bar: AGM / Council Meeting | Characteristic

October is a particularly busy month at Chancery Lane – the end of the party’s conference season, the return of the British parliament after the summer, the opening of the legal year and then a series of key meetings: from our board, our AGM, the investiture of office holders and the arrival and departure of […]

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Barreau celebrates the “champions” of lawyers | News

The “champions of the vulnerable” were among the lawyers celebrated last Thursday at the Law Society Awards 2021. Excellence was recognized in 20 categories at the most prestigious awards ceremony for lawyers in England and Wales, which took place virtually and was hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield. Neil Hudgell (pictured), of Hudgell Solicitors, who helped […]

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The Bar announces a team of experts to support the new Access to innovation project

TORONTO, September 27, 2021 / CNW / – In April, the Law Society of from ontario The Board of Directors (also known as Convocation) approved a five-year pilot project – now named Access to Innovation (A2I) – that will enable providers of innovative technological legal (ITS) services to serve consumers while respecting operating conditions that […]

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Bar accuses Scottish government of dragging its feet on legal aid

The Law Society of Scotland has accused the Scottish government of dragging its feet on legal aid reform following the announcement of its government agenda. An independent review of Legal Aid, which reported over three years ago, recommended a system overhaul. However, while the government has committed to a legal aid reform bill in this […]

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Bound for Romeward: Law Society Reaches Agreement with Italian Bar Association | News

The Law Society has entered into an agreement with the Rome Bar to strengthen ties with Italian law firms. In a memorandum of understanding signed this week, the two organizations pledged to continue to defend the practice rights of English and Welsh lawyers in Italy, and vice versa. They are also committed to exchanging information […]

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Remote Hearings | The bar

We have followed the changes, expanding our pre-pandemic work on the government’s court reform agenda. This page covers: Currently, judges decide whether a case can be held off based on the interests of justice. In December 2021, HM Courts and Tribunals Service published an assessment of remote hearings. The assessment reflects some of the concerns […]

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Law Commission of Ontario’s latest AI case study raises concerns about DNA genotyping tools

A recent report from the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) highlighted the use of probabilistic genotyping (PG) DNA tools in Canadian criminal courts and warns that “in the absence of proper review, process, and legislation, there is a risk that AI tools, including DNA PG algorithms, will exacerbate racism in Canada’s justice system and render […]

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Local Lawyer Receives Prestigious Law Society Award

Content of the article A local lawyer received a very prestigious award from the Law Society of Ontario. Douglas Elliott, who was born and raised in Elliot Lake, received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the Law Society of Ontario at a June 23 convocation ceremony. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was […]

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Lawyers Fed Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Bar Dystopia

Bar: focus should be on technology More than half of legal service workers in the UK will lose their jobs and those who remain will be forced to take “performance-enhancing drugs”, envisaged a “disruptive” vision for the profession in 2050 published by the Law Society. The ‘savage reduction’ of the workforce would hit high street […]

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Lawyers praise Ottawa’s relaunch of the Law Commission of Canada

FOLRAC, which includes seven law reform organizations across Canada, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, generally makes its recommendations to the justice minister, Howie says. “Having a federal law reform agency is excellent in terms of both questions of national significance, or [for] matters that fall exclusively under federal jurisdiction and that provincial law reform […]

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Law Society of Ontario Approves Regulatory Sandbox for Legal Technology

The Convocation of the Law Society of Ontario has approved a five-year regulatory sandbox pilot project to encourage the development of innovative technological legal services in the province. Sandbox participants will need to apply and obtain approval to operate for a specific period – typically two years, according to a FAQ published on the LSO […]

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Law Commission Says Yes To Class Actions, Litigation Funding

Justice New Zealanders who believe they have suffered at the hands of big companies, organizations or government could find it much easier to join together to take class actions, if preliminary recommendations by the Law Commission are adopted The Law Commission, in a new issues paper, has come out in support of a statutory class […]

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The Law Commission’s class action review is a “step forward for those seeking justice”

Law firms hope people will find it easier to get justice in court after the Law Commission announced a review of the rules around “class action” lawsuits. Angela Parlane, managing director of Shine Lawyers in Auckland, said the review was “without a doubt” the result of a landmark Supreme Court ruling last month. The Supreme […]

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Ontario Should Switch to No-Cost Class Actions, Law Commission Says

But the LCO also rejected certain changes proposed by the population. One of the most debated issues, according to Kalajdzic, concerned the certification of class actions. “I don’t think anyone would dispute the fact that certification has become a much more complicated and expensive process than anyone imagined when the law was first enacted. What […]