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PII reform and removal of the assigned risk pool

PII reform and removal of the assigned risk pool The SRA has announced several changes to the PII regime, including the removal of the assigned risks pool and a new requirement for insurers to disclose their credit rating. The Law Society supports: The removal of the assigned risks pool (ARP) and introduction of a 90 […]

 

Call for LSB to reject ‘costly burden’ on Compensation Fund

Call for LSB to reject ‘costly burden’ on Compensation Fund The Law Society says the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) decision to burden the Compensation Fund with professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover for uninsured firms should be rejected by the Legal Services Board. In its 2012 Financial Protection Policy Statement, the SRA says it plans to […]

 

Will writing campaign boosted

Will writing campaign boosted The Legal Services Board (LSB) has proposed the regulation for all providers of probate and estate administration.  The proposals would see will writing brought within the list of ‘reserved activities’ and all those who provide these services will be regulated. The Law Society’s campaign on this issue has been motivated by the […]

 

Clarifying the LCS’s powers

Clarifying the LCS’s powers Two recent decisions have clarified the law relating to the Legal Services Commission’s (LSC) powers to recoup payments on account made to solicitors for work done under a legal aid certificate, and to ‘nil assess’ such certificates many years, indeed decades after a case has ended. In Legal Services Commission v […]

 

SRA COLP and COFA timetable

SRA COLP and COFA timetable The current SRA COLP/COFA nomination timetable is provided below, however we understand that the roles may not now receive formal approval until 31 December rather than October as previously published.  Firms are still required to nominate COLP and COFA from between 31 May and 31 July 2012. We await an […]

 

HSBC accepts all Law Society CQS Solicitors to Conveyancing Panel

HSBC accepts all Law Society CQS solicitors to conveyancing panel The Law Society and HSBC announced today an agreement whereby HSBC will amend its conveyancing approach to enable all solicitors accredited with the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) home-buying quality mark to act for HSBC as well as its mortgage customers. Previously only firms […]

 

PCS, Strike Action and Work to Rule – HM Courts & Tribunal Service

 Please click LLS Etc re HMCTS Strike Action 14 05 12 to view the letter from Des Hudson regarding strike action    

 

CPS Telephone Directory for 2012

please click here for the telephone directory for the Manchester & Salford area.

 

Legal Ombudsman scanning partner apologises over confusion caused by address change

please click here for the full press release