Avoiding the gaze of the Information Commissioner

Posted by - 3rd August 2012

This is the first of a short series or articles on data protection and data security, writes Matt Howgate. Well, after a slow start, the Information Commissioner seems to have found his teeth.  The Information Commissioner’s Office has now handed out some pretty hefty fines to companies breaching the Data Protection Act (‘DPA’) through losing

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The art of running a successful fundraiser

Posted by - 27th July 2012

It seems such a good idea to run a fundraising event. Nothing could possibly go wrong could it? Let me just raise a few issues. Risks Making a loss There is a huge risk that it will make a loss. It is very easy to make a loss on a fundraising event.  Although there are

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Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 (article 5)

Posted by - 27th July 2012

General introduction to the series of articles As from the 1st of February 2012, when new contracts started with Family and Family with Housing practitioners, the Legal Services Commission’s mainstream face-to-face civil and crime providers have been operating under the same standard terms. It is unlikely that many people have had the time and/or motivation

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Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 (article 4)

Posted by - 10th July 2012

General introduction to the series of articles As from February 1st 2012, when new contracts started with family and family with housing practitioners, the Legal Services Commission’s mainstream face-to-face civil and crime providers have been operating under the same standard terms. It is unlikely that many people have had the time and/or motivation to read

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Regulation, ABSs and NfPs

Posted by - 5th July 2012

Many not-for-profit agencies will have been focusing recently on the tenders for new legal aid contracts, writes Simon Pugh. But in between breathing a sigh of relief at the successful submission of your PQQ and the release of the ITT in September, there is another issue to consider. How will you be regulated in the

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SRA consultation on proposed personal injury referral fee ban

Posted by - 4th July 2012

It is only eight years since the ban on solicitors paying referral fees was finally lifted, writes Allison Woodisse. Referral arrangements had long-since been the profession’s worst kept secret.  The 2004 Referral Code didn’t open Pandora’s Box, it simply acknowledged that the Box had been leaking for quite some time. The decision to relax the

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The COLP Report: Tombola time

Posted by - 26th June 2012

  Beware the British summer—the season of storms, gales, flooded caravans, transport chaos, sporting disappointment and, if you’re not careful, one other seasonal surprise.At this time of year, many firms rally their troops with an office summer party. Often held outside, it seemed such a great idea all those dark, wet, cold months ago.  Now

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SQM update

Posted by - 22nd June 2012

The LSC has updated its SQM standard and guidance. The current version is now the one dated May 2012. The changes are relatively minor – to update terminology; allow ABSs to apply for the SQM in future; and make the SQM consistent with the equality and diversity requirements in the contract. The revised SQM standard

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QASA – and what it means to you

Posted by - 20th June 2012

New rules for solicitors (and registered European lawyers) who want to undertake criminal advocacy form January 2013 will require them to notify the Solicitors Regulation Authority under the new Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) arrangements, writes Anne-Marie Lynch. The scheme opens on July 2nd 2012 and will be open for notifications until 21st September 2012.

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Compensation for LSC maladministration

Posted by - 20th June 2012

You won’t find any mention of it in the contract and there’s no obvious guidance on the Legal Services Commission website, so you might be surprised to learn that the LSC operates an ‘ex gratia’ compensation scheme for situations where individuals or firms suffer financial loss as a result of their mistakes, writes Matthew Howgate.

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