Category Archives: Consultations

SRA Consult on Publication of Solicitors Fees , Complaints Data and New Freelance Solicitors

The SRA have announced a pivotal consultation which amongst other things proposes : A new Freelance Solicitor Category with lighter touch regulation Allowing Newly qualified solicitors to run a legal practice Proposals to require solicitors to publish their fees Requiring Solicitors to publish on their websites their complaint histories The proposals if fully implemented are likely to result in significant

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Yorkshire Union publishes Consultation Schedule for Members

The Yorkshire Union has distributed a list of forthcoming consultations for members . If Members wish to submit a response they can do so directly but equally Doncaster Law Society working with the Yorkshire Union can make submissions if you send them to us in good time . Consultation on sentencing guidelines: child cruelty Link Closing date for responses –

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SRA to proceed with SQE for Trainees

The SRA has announced that it will proceed with its proposals for a Single Qualifying Exam for New Solicitors . It looks like the full scheme will launch from 2020 and the SRA has take on board a number of concerns raised . It will start looking at changes to regulations required this year . There will be transitional arrangements

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Personal Injury Reform Update

The Government has decided to press ahead with most of its proposals . As a result the Small Claims Limit for motoring cases has been increased to £5000 depriving motorists and their passengers of legal advice in claims under this limit . The National Law Society responded as follows : A Law Society spokesperson said: “These changes will deprive motorists

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Competition and Markets Authority call for Price Transparency

The Competition and Markets Authority has now published its report into the Legal Profession and whilst it has declined to commence a full investigation it has called for greater price transparency . Recommendations include : A requirement on providers to display information on price, service, redress and regulatory status to help potential customers. This would include publishing pricing information for

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Consultation on Personal Injury Claims and Small Claims Deadline 6th January 2017

Members will be aware of a crucial consultation currently under way over restrictions to Personal Injury Work and changes to the small claims court access the consultation here : https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/reforming-soft-tissue-injury-claims/  This includes measures to limit pain suffering and loss of amenities claims or remove them . Increase the small claims limit to £5000 removing the ability to recover legal costs and

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SRA Consultation on Single Qualifying Exam Update – Deadline 9th January 2017

The SRA Consultation  for a Single Qualification Exam closes on the 9th January 2017 . Doncaster Law Society is working with other Yorkshire Law Societies in the Yorkshire Union to file a response and your urgent input is required . To assist you we now attach the National Law Societies Response . the-law-societys-response-sqe-2 Please see below for our original post

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