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    • By Mrs Hilton
    • Solicitors Act 1974 and the Access to  Justice Act 1999 are the main statutory authority for much of the regulation and supervision of solicitors.
    • Sir David Clementi  undertook a wide- ranging independent review of the regulation of the legal services market. He submitted his recommendations at the end of 2004. Clementi led to the  Legal Services Act.
    • The Legal Services Act (2007) is an Act of  Parliament in the UK that seeks to liberalise and regulate the market for legal services in England and Wales, to encourage more competition, produce more consumer focussed legal firms and to provide a new route for consumer complaints. The new act creates an over-regulator that  will oversee the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
    • 57% of admissions to the solicitors roll were women and  18.2% were of minority ethnic origin. However, these groups remain significantly under-  represented at the senior levels. An Equal Pay Audit was undertaken in December 2004.  It concluded that there were no significant pay differentials between men and women and between the various ethnic groups. In previous years it was found that there were  significant differentials in pay for women, who earned less.
    • The Law Society  What is the equivalent  for Barristers?
    • sets the standards for qualifying as a solicitor.  monitors the performance of organisations that provide legal training.  draft the rules of professional conduct, particularly to make sure they protect  the interests of clients. administer the roll (register) of solicitors.  provide information to the public about solicitors, their work and the  standards the public is entitled to expect. set requirements for solicitors' continuing professional development.  monitor solicitors and their firms to make sure they are complying with the  rules. liaise with the Legal Services Ombudsman, Legal Services Complaints  Commissioner and the Department for Constitutional Affairs. investigate concerns about solicitors' standards of practice and compliance  with the rules, where necessary taking regulatory action such as reprimanding the solicitor. run a compensation fund to help people who have lost money as a result of a  solicitor's dishonesty or failure to account for money they have received.
    • The Law Society represents solicitors in  England and Wales. From negotiating with and lobbying the profession's regulators, government and others, to offering training and advice, we're here to help, protect and promote solicitors across England and Wales. Two parts:  SRA and LCS 
    • The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)  deals with all regulatory and disciplinary matters, and sets, monitors and enforces standards for solicitors across England and Wales. Formerly known as the Law Society Regulation Board, it acts solely in the public interest.
    • The Legal Complaints Service (LCS) is for  members of the public wishing to make a complaint about solicitors. Formerly known as the Consumer Complaints Service, this independent and impartial body will work with solicitors to resolve any issues quickly and efficiently
    • Paul Marsh was first elected to the Law  Society Council in 1987, was re-elected in 1999 and again in 2007 Paul has played a leading role in voicing  the profession's criticisms of Home Information Packs (HIPS) legislation; he is now committed to ensuring that solicitors remain at the centre of the conveyancing process. He has also been a member of the Representation Board, the Finance Sub- Committee, Indemnity Insurance Committee and chaired the Conveyancing and Land Law Committee. Paul, 60, is a consultant at Surrey law  firm Downs Solicitors LLP and specialises in property work. He has been married to Sheila for 36 years and they have three children. His interests include spending time with his family, gardening and vintage cars. Paul became president at the Law  Society AGM on 17 July 2008 and will serve for one year.
    • Solicitors are in a position of trust. They  provide advice on matters that are enormously important to their clients, so it is essential that their advice is expert, independent, efficient and courteous.
    • How are solicitors 1. governed? Who is president of 2. the Law Society Who regulates 3. solicitors?
    • Clients can access  solicitors directly Small firms offices on  high streets across the country City of London firms  might have 300 partners
    • Firms may differ but the role is the same:  Advise clients directly, through interview or by  correspondence Prepare legal paperwork  Legal letters   Forms Litigation management – bringing cases to court  Represent clients in the lower courts  (Magistrates and County courts)
    • Solicitors tend to Definition of   specialise in particular contentious: areas of work: inclined or showing an  inclination to dispute Contentious  or disagree, even to Non-contentious  engage in law suits Would you agree? 
    • Disputes likely to be  resolved in court Immigration   Divorce  Personal injury  General litigation
    • Largely involves  paperwork Dealing with clients in  the office Conveyancing  Drafting of wills  Financial services  Probate 
    • If you leave school after GCSE’s may work in  a solicitors office to gain experience Undergraduate read Law to qualify for a law  degree 3 years Take ILEX part I and II exams to become a  member of the Institute. After 5 years working in an office and exams (at least 5 core subjects) can be admitted as a fellow of the Institute of legal executives
    • Or study any degree and do a 1 year conversion  course: Common Professional Exam (CPE) Either way  Then: need a 1 year Legal Practice Course  (LPC) Vocational course to train students to become practitioners Then: Apply for and undertake training  contracts with firms 2 years Qualify as a solicitor 
    • What are the two 1. types of work a solicitor may carry out Give two examples of 2. C work Give 2 example of NC 3. work
    • The UK has a divided legal profession (that  is solicitors and barristers) unlike other jurisdictions where the legal functions are fused and there is just one type of legal professional.
    • Using your books find out the following  information for legal executives (inc paralegals): Governing body  Education / training  Role / workload  Workplace / examples  Liability / complaints  Recent changes 
    • Solicitors Barristers Legal Executives Governing Body Education / training Role / workload Workplace examples Liability / complaints recent changes You may want to do this on the computer, or on A3 paper, you may conspire also!