The Law Society Gazette, 27 Jan 2005

Society approves separation of powers

The Law Society’s regulatory and representative roles will be formally separated from January 2006 after a historic vote of the council last week, which received support from the Lord Chancellor. Members voted four to one for separation and decided to create two new bodies: one dealing solely with consumer complaints – which foreshadows proposals to move complaints handling to an independent body – and one dealing with all other regulatory matters.

25 January 1995

World link

Clifford Chance claimed last week to be the first international law firm to establish an internet-based information server on the world wide web. The link means that articles written by the firm’s lawyers can be disseminated to other internet users around the world.

23 January 1985

Conveyancing by lending institutions

Mr Anthony Holland, chairman of the non-contentious business committee, presented an oral report to the council on the submission by the Law Society of a further memorandum to the Lord Chancellor’s Department on conveyancing undertaken by subsidiary companies of lending institutions. The memorandum reaffirms the Society’s conviction that the use by lending institutions of subsidiary companies to provide conveyancing services will not provide better protection to borrowers against the problem of conflict of interest.

29 January 1975

Letters to the editor: A Ministry of Justice?

The theme of the president’s excellent inaugural speech is of major interest at the present time. The words read: ‘In keeping the administration of justice free from control by the state or by any other outside body.’ But has this not, in fact, already happened and is not ‘justice’ in all its aspects already entirely under the control of the state in the form of the Lord Chancellor’s Department - or perhaps to give it a more correct and up-to-date title ‘The Ministry of Justice’?

January 1965

Getting into articles

When I wished to enter into articles 18 months go, I was offered more than one position and this despite the fact that I have not attended a public school or university, nor have I relatives in the profession. Add to this the iniquity of also being a woman and one would expect the greatest difficulty. None of these disadvantages seem to have influenced prospective principals at interviews I attended. I entered articles as a result of advertising in the Gazette.