The Law Society Gazette, 11 March 2004

Clementi kicks off regulatory overhaul

Sir David Clementi signalled a wholesale shake-up of regulation in the legal services sector this week with the publication of his long-awaited consultation paper. Making it clear that the existing framework was unacceptable, Sir David set out two ‘polarised approaches’ to future regulation.

The most radical proposal would see all regulatory functions taken from professional bodies such as the Law Society and the Bar Council and handed to a single regulator called the Legal Services Authority.  

Gazette, 13 March 1974

Legal education - the big debate

As an eleven-plus failure, non-graduate and solicitor who has read the Ormrod Report [on legal education] I have the following observations to make.

To maintain a uniform and high standard, control over legal education should be exercised by the Law Society.

I agree that vocational courses are necessary and I myself would certainly have benefited from such a course. It is no use at all knowing how to do something without knowing why.

Public relations seminars

The proposed seminar on professional and public relations due to be held on 24 and 25 January was postponed because of uncertainty over petrol supplies.

The Law Society’s Gazette, March 1924

Right of Audience in Police Court

At Denton Police Court to-day, Mr J.A.K. Ferns, solicitor, who was appearing in cases on behalf of motor owners, objected to a representative of the L. M. and S. Railway Company, who was not a solicitor, appearing on behalf of the company, who were summoned for exceeding registered weights on a motor wagon.

Mr Ferns said: ‘Solicitors have to go through an extensive training, and pay an annual tax to the government, and I should think a railway company could afford to pay for legal representation. I ask for the protection of the Bench on behalf of solicitors generally practising in this court.’

The magistrates upheld Mr Ferns’ objection and ruled that the railway company could not be heard except through a solicitor.

The Solicitors Acts, 1888 and 1919

The name of William Reginald Palgrave, formerly of No 36 Bedford Row, WC1, was ordered to be struck off the Roll of Solicitors. He was convicted at the Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, in September 1923, of an act of gross indecency, and was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, without hard labour, in the Second Division.