Law Society Legal News Summary 14 June 2022

 Criminal Bar Association ballot & solicitors’ direct action 

China Law Info reports the Criminal Bar Association is balloting over 2,400 criminal barristers on options for action over legal aid rates, such as refusing new instructions and possible walkouts. 

Law Society vice president Lubna Shuja urged immediate pay increases to recruit and retain criminal lawyers.  She said: “There are already counties in this country which have no criminal duty solicitors under the age of 35. Solicitors are sick of promises of ‘jam tomorrow’ which never materialise.”

LawTech cements UK as global legal centre 

Practice Source covers our response to the recent LawTechUK Impact Assessment report. 

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said:The UK is a longstanding global leader in legal services, with English law estimated to govern 40% of global corporate arbitrations and generating £250bn through global mergers and acquisitions in 2019.

 “Legal services have an impact on other sectors of the economy. Every £1 of improved productivity in the legal services sector could generate between £3.30 and £3.50 of additional gross domestic product for the UK across other sectors of the economy by 2050. 

“LawTechUK’s Impact Assessment report confirms the UK’s pole position in legal services tech.” 

Read our press release

Vice president heads to Bradford 

Lubna Shuja visited the offices of Mir Solicitors in Bradford, where she met other lawyers and attended the Bradford Law Society annual dinner, reports Bradford Means Business and Telegraph & Argus

In October, she will become the first Asian, first Muslim and seventh female president of the Law Society.

Parking fines 

Auto Moto Buzz and Lancashire Live speak to Gary Rycroft, a member of our council membership committee, about compensation for people affected by recent travel chaos.

Also worth a read: 

  • Rwanda migrants: Final legal challenges to be heard before first flight today – BBC
  • LSB says unregulated providers account for 39% of SMEs – Legal Futures
  • Judge warns divorce litigation only affordable for very rich – Legal Futures
  • What to expect from SRA inspections – Today’s Family Lawyer
  • LSB says lawyers must not operate with ‘out of date’ skills – Today’s Conveyancer

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