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LAB challenged over mediation

National firm Irwin Mitchell is challenging the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) policy of refusing to fund mediation, after £1,500 costs for a successful mediation were disallowed. The challenge was heard on Sunday by a three-member Costs Appeals Committee – the LAB’s highest appeal body. It is being supported by both the Law Society and the […]

Ombudsman raps OSS over delays

The Legal Services Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, has called for the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) to pay a disgruntled complainant £100 to compensate for the way it handled his complaint against a firm. Although Abraham supported the OSS’s decision not to pursue chartered accountant Robert Breckman’s complaints against City aviation litigation specialists Beaumont […]

Law Soc comes under fire for tightening up conveyancing conflicts of interest rules

The Law Society has introduced a new rule on conflicts of interest during conveyancing transactions – ignoring calls by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) that this would push up house prices. The Law Society Council voted last week to introduce a rule clarifying the responsibilities of solicitors who jointly represent both the home buyer […]

LAB: police station advisers are still not up to scratch

Research by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) and the Law Society has found that although there have been “measurable and significant improvements in the quality of police station legal advice”, many advisers still do not measure up to the LAB’s standards. The LAB’s accreditation scheme was introduced in 1995 after concerns were expressed about the […]

Age of know-how

In an increasingly competitive and demanding business environment, law firms have come to recognise the economic value of managing the internal knowledge, experience and expertise daily generated and acquired in the course of client work. This “know-how” can become the source of decisive competitive advantages for a firm. Know-how provides the firm with the ability […]

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