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Reforming Scotland’s legal system & culture of injustice – My experiences with the Scottish legal profession & commentaries on law, justice & related issues.  Consumer Focus Scotland gave evidence on proposed legal reforms. Continuing my reporting of the Legal Services Bill (dubbed by some as ‘Tesco Law’) which aims to widen Scots access to justice and yet again tackle the thorny question of regulating Scotland’s legal services marketplace, currently under the grip of the Law Society of Scotland, officials from Consumer Focus Scotland and the trade union, UNITE, attended the Scottish Parliament’s Justice ...
The most significant changes were made in the way the legal profession was organised and regulated. The Act broke the monopoly solicitors held on conveyancing work, creating an Authorised Conveyancing Practitioners Board which could certify "any individual, corporation or employee of a corporation" as an authorised conveyancer subject to certain requirements. The Act also broke the monopoly the Bar held on advocacy and litigation in the higher courts by granting solicitors rights of audience in the Crown Court , High Court , Court of Appeal , Court of Session , Privy Council , and House of Lords if they qualify as ...
Solicitors war against Legal Services Bill reforms reveals ...
Reforming Scotland’s legal system & culture of injustice – My experiences with the Scottish legal profession & commentaries on law, justice & related issues.  Law Society of Scotland members ‘in state of civil war’ over access to justice reforms. As the debate heats up over the Scottish Government’s plans for legal services reform, the Govan Law Centre’s Mike Dailly, who is seen by many solicitors as ‘leading the fight’ by some law firms to persuade the Law Society of Scotland to block the passage of the Scottish Government’s Legal Services (Scotland) Bill , which aims to promote & widen consumer access to ... market research, surveys and trends
Richard Baker Legal Services Bill Scottish Parliament 28 April 2010
Opinion: Ruben Navarrette Jr.: The truth about Arizona's immigration lawSan Jose Mercury NewsIf Arizona's new immigration law is supposed to be the best thing since warm tortillas, why do supporters have to prop it up by ...and more » […] Immigration law backers rally in Arizona - CNN CBS NewsImmigration law backers rally in ArizonaCNNOrganizers said they wanted to change the perception that supporters of SB 1070, and the law itself, are racist. Nearly half of the speakers at the event ...Immigration law supporters rally at Ariz. CapitolThe Associated PressNew Challenge to Arizona Immigration LawFOXNews ... market research, surveys and trends


Private Equity Considers Investing in U.K. Law Firms (Update1 ...
are considering investing in U.K. law firms as rules allowing shared ownership move closer to taking effect, according to people familiar with the plans. Fleming Family, a money management firm, is in talks to buy law firm stakes of as much as 20 percent, said the people who declined to be identified because the talks are private. Lyceum Capital, a London-based leveraged buyout firm, may invest in other legal services models, managing partner Jeremy Hand said. Funds are raising money to prepare for when law firms can accept outside investments in 2011, industry consultants say. Phoenix Equity, another leveraged buyout firm based ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Legal Services Act given royal assent - Ministry of Justice
An independent body which will handle consumer complaints about legal services in England and Wales is now a step closer under new legislation approved today. The independent Office for Legal Complaints, introduced under the Legal Services Act which received Royal Assent today, will remove complaints handling from lawyers and establish a new ombudsman scheme as a single point of entry for all consumer legal complaints. The new body is part of radical reforms which will see services in the £20 billion legal sector undergo major changes to bring them in line with other professional services in the 21st century. The Act also ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Judicial receiver's firm charges Rhode Island $306400
CENTRAL FALLS — The court-appointed law firm that oversaw the insolvent city’s finances from May to July has advised the state the bill for its two months of work and other related services will be about $306,400, a state official said. Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the state-appointed receiver, Mark A. Pfeiffer, said state officials were “dumbfounded” by the figure. “It’s staggering to us that the cost of the tenure of the judicial receiver would exceed $300,000,” Kempe said. “That’s close to 15 percent of the city’s 2010 ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Pro Bono: A Lawyer's Finest Hour
Editor: Bob, please describe our readers about your practice at Kelley Drye. How did you become interested in pro bono matters? Crotty: I have been at Kelley Drye since 1973. My practice at Kelley Drye has been as a commercial litigator. I have a full-time practice as a litigator doing trials, appeals, arbitrations, mediation, the full range of a commercial law practice. I began doing pro bono at Kelley Drye as an associate in 1973, working with the community law offices of the Legal Aid Society. When I became a partner in 1982, the firm asked me to head up the pro bono committee, a position I have held since that time. Editor: ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Legal Services Act of 2007 - LEGAL SERVICES BILL
Apr 23, 2008 ... LEGAL SERVICES ACT 2007. The Legal Services Act 2007, which received Royal Assent on 30 October 2007, reforms the way in which legal ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
An Act To Establish the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal ...
This bill establishes the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services, an independent and permanent statutory entity, to provide efficient high-quality ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
  1. profile image DerekCummings42 RT @LawDonut: RT @Lawscot: Lorna Jack discusses the Legal Services Bill on the Society's blog - The better path?
  2. profile image Lawscot Lorna Jack discusses the Legal Services Bill on the Society's blog - The better path?
  3. profile image ikeepmyhouse Asheville area foreclosures at record levels: At Pisgah Legal Services, attorney Bill Whalen said he is seeing a r...
Do you believe that the possible arrival of Tesco Law will have a ...
Carol, I was going to ask that you explain what you mean by "Tesco Law", but did a LinkedIn search and found what seems to be the answer (link below - it is explained in one of the answers). What kind of influence are you suggesting ? "Good" in that this may force a shakeup in the way law firms are structured ? "Bad" in the sense that the public perception of lawyers may be cheapened ? posted 7 months ago A number of legal commentators have predicted that the Legal Services Act (the so-called Tesco Act) will have an impact on the retail legal services market. In an article published by The Times Online, Tony Williams - a former ...
It is legal for a doctor to bill you for extra services without ...
My first post ever, so please excuse any lapse of Yahoo! Answers protocol. I had a facial/oral surgeon treat a minor infection/abscess in my face caused by a problem with my wisdom tooth(gross I know), and prior to the appointment his quoted me a cost for the procedure(approx $290 and paid upfront). At the end of the procedure he says offhand "well we're gonna get these samples to the lab and we'll let you know the results." 2 weeks later I get a bill in the mail from a third party laboratory saying that I owe approx $300 for my laboratory tests that the doctor ordered. There was no discussion of a third ...