Law Society Gazette 29 October 2009

Law firm investigations on the up

Regulatory investigations into law firms have increased steadily over the lifetime of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, parliamentary statistics show. The SRA handled an average of 574 cases per month in 2007, rising to 640 per month between January and June this year. 

27 October 1999

College of Law unveils plan for nationwide free advice network

The College of Law is planning to establish a nationwide network of free advice clinics staffed by students, it announced this week. Professor Nigel Savage, the college’s chief executive, said the aim was to help students get a ‘real feel’ for how law impacted on people’s lives and to expose them to ethical dilemmas earlier in their careers. 

25 October 1989

Magistrates will get civil immunity

Magistrates are to be given the same immunity from civil actions as judges, the lord chancellor has announced. Speaking at the Magistrates Association’s AGM, Lord Mackay said that both he and the home secretary were ‘absolutely committed’ to sustaining the lay magistracy.  

October 1949

Legal Aid and Advice Act, 1949

The lord chancellor has made an order bringing into force sections 8-11 and 13 of the Legal Aid and Advice Act, 1949. The sections contain administrative and financial provisions relating to the setting up of the Legal Aid Fund and other matters. Much preparatory work remains to be done before the act as a whole can be brought into force. 

October 1939

The Law Society’s Hall

On the outbreak of war one half of the Society’s clerical staff was immediately called up for service, and consequently all remaining staff had to be removed to Newbury as their work involves continual reference to and maintenance of the Society’s records. The absence on military service of all the younger members of the staff at first appeared to necessitate closing the Society’s registry.