Opinion – Page 11

  • David Pickup
    Opinion

    What sort of question is that?

    2013-11-01T11:55:00Z

    Form-filling is increasingly becoming part of the job. But how many solicitors answer the questions honestly?

  • Jonathan Goldsmith
    Opinion

    Cultural sensitivities

    28 October 2013

    Should bars lobby on issues which do not directly affect the regulation or practice of law?

  • Charles Plant
    Opinion

    Training for tomorrow

    21 October 2013

    Solicitors need to be equipped to practise in a more competitive and customer-focused environment.

  • Desmond Hudson
    Opinion

    PII: stabilising the cycle

    21 October 2013

    We hope to see changes in the solicitors PII market that will help smaller firms in particular.

  • johnhyde
    Opinion

    COLPs and COFAs need help to enjoy new-found freedom

    2013-10-17T12:46:00Z

    The SRA is right to devolve compliance responsibility to firms, but they still need guidance.

  • We are open sign
    Opinion

    Open and shut case

    14 October 2013

    The UK is a non-protectionist island in a sea of closed jurisdictions.

  • Jonathan Goldsmith
    Opinion

    Finding a new plot

    2013-10-07T13:27:00Z

    Developments in legal services often follow a similar pattern. Are current events more like Dracula or Sleeping Beauty?

  • Jonathan Goldsmith
    Opinion

    How others see us

    30 September 2013

    People beyond our borders view our regulatory framework with bemusement – there should be one regulator for all UK lawyers.

  • Eduardo Reyes
    Opinion

    The cost of having principles

    2013-09-25T14:12:00Z

    If general counsel advise an ethical response to wrongdoing and are ignored, it undermines their ability to do the core job of managing risk.

  • Berlin skyline
    Opinion

    PII news focus: running for cover

    16 September 2013

    Berliner’s exit from the PII market has created turmoil for 1100 law firms, providing a dramatic end to a troubled PII renewal season.

  • johnhyde
    Opinion

    PI firms should fear referral fee questions

    2013-09-09T12:49:00Z

    Firms that assumed life would go as normal in spite of the referral fee ban need to act 

  • Opinion

    Baffled by SRA enigma

    2 September 2013

    We need a password to fill in an SRA form. The SRA has not provided the password.

  • Jonathan Goldsmith
    Opinion

    Exploding myths about cross-border movement

    2013-08-14T17:10:00Z

    Jonathan Goldsmith looks at the directives that allow EU lawyers to practise in other member states without having to requalify.

  • johnhyde
    Opinion

    Insurers’ pull-out plunges firms into crisis

    2013-08-12T12:02:00Z

    Some practices face a scramble to find insurance cover

  • Karen Anderson
    Opinion

    Government bank sanction plans are flawed

    22 July 2013

    The Treasury has accepted the recommendation of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards

  • Opinion

    Embracing compliance - like going to the gym

    2013-07-22T00:00:00Z

    Much has been said and reported about the cost of regulatory compliance, but not so much about the benefits of compliance as a driver of quality and competitive advantage through creating better processes and controls. The SRA’s report Attitudes to regulation and compliance in legal services showed that ...

  • Opinion

    Speedier ABS processing

    15 July 2013

    In response to Adam Entwistle's letter which was critical of the time taken by the SRA to process an ABS licensing application, I would like to reassure potential applicants that this has speeded up significantly since we introduced changes earlier this year. We listened to the profession, and ...

  • Opinion

    Should we allow non-graduate entry?

    15 July 2013

    SRA chair Charles Plant says there should be a return to non-graduate entry to the profession . Over the years I have thought this too. After all, I am a five-year man myself. At the end of this month I retire and my views have changed. The law ...

  • Lesleygraves
    Opinion

    Counting the cost of interventions

    2013-07-15T00:00:00Z

    The cost of law firm failures is being felt across the solicitors’ profession. The Gazette reported recently that the unprecedented bill for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) intervening in failing firms means that we will all have to pay an extra £23 each towards the compensation fund in the ...

  • Opinion

    Time for a ‘sub-profession’ in the law?

    08 July 2013

    The article about interventions in last week’s Gazette, which included a description of the consequences and cost of the collapse of Blakemores, should have us all worried for the future of our profession. It is clear now that our leaders were mistaken when they allowed first advertising and later ...