Grayling announces U-turn on legal aid competition plan

Grayling announces U-turn on legal aid competition plan Justice secretary says plans to award contracts to lowest bidders to make £220m savings ditched with support of the Law Society.
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HSBC ditches legal panel requirement

Borrowers no longer required to use a solicitor approved by HSBC coveyancing panel following complaintsHSBC is to drop its controversial requirement that homebuyers use one of a panel of just 43 firms to do the bank’s legal work following a string of complaints from customers and lawyers.From August, the bank will allow all members of […]
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HSBC ditches conveyancing panel requirement

Borrowers no longer required to use a solicitor approved by HSBC coveyancing panel following complaintsHSBC is to drop its controversial requirement that homebuyers use one of a panel of just 43 firms to do the bank’s legal work following a string of complaints from customers and lawyers.From August, the bank will allow all members of […]
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Call to regulate will writing

Legal Services Board found systemic problems with the will writing and estate administration services delivered by solicitors and other providersAll firms offering will writing and estate administration should be regulated to protect consumers from falling victim to fraudsters and cowboy companies offering badly drafted documents, according to latest research.The Legal Services Board (LSB), which oversees […]
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Legal aid reforms face Lords defeat

Peers to introduce dozens of amendments to bill that campaigners say will hit the most vulnerable in societyThe government is braced for a series of parliamentary defeats this week over controversial plans to reform legal aid.The House of Lords is expected to vote against key aspects of the legal aid and sentencing bill that critics […]
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Insurance lobbyists were briefed by mandarins over legal reform

Documents reveal Ministry of Justice officials granted access to insurers when drawing up plans for civil litigation changesInsurers were given extensive access to civil servants drafting the flagship legal aid bill that would benefit private industry to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds, new documents reveal. The information helped the industry choreograph an […]
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HSBC introduces ‘approved solicitors’

Customers can no longer use legal representation of their own choice when getting a mortgage through HSBCHomebuyers who take a mortgage from HSBC will be forced to use one of a panel of 43 firms chosen by the bank to do their legal work, or face paying more for their conveyancing, after a change in […]
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HSBC introduces ‘approved solicitors panel’ for conveyancing

Customers can no longer use legal representation of their own choice when getting a mortgage through HSBCHomebuyers who take a mortgage from HSBC will be forced to use one of a panel of 43 firms chosen by the bank to do their legal work, or face paying more for their conveyancing, after a change in […]
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Legal aid cuts will save less than half government’s forecast, study finds

Analysis by King’s College London focusing on three areas of civil law says knock-on costs could be ¬£139m a yearSavings made by reducing the availability of legal aid for civil cases will be significantly less than half of that predicted by the government, according to a study.The financial analysis (pdf) by King’s College London, commissioned […]
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Parliament’s moral duty on assisted dying | Mary Warnock

Legislators will wield the power of life and death when they act on Lord Falconer’s reportThere has been a lull in the media recently about the rights and wrongs of assisted dying, but the conflict is sure to break out again with the imminent publication of the report from Lord Falconer’s commission, established to consider […]
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