In brief: Law Society to amend audience code

THE LAW Society has agreed to amend its application for employed solicitors' rights of audience in line with the views of the minority group on the Lord Chancellor's advisory committee (Aclec) which supports extended advocacy rights. The amendments to the society's proposed employed solicitor's code confine employed solicitors to less serious crown court cases and impose limitations on advocacy rights in judicial reviews. A decision on the application is expected in the autumn. The Law Society has threatened to take legal action if the Lord Chancellor rejects

extended advocacy rights.