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QASA: hit and myth

Legal Profession

At the end of last month the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates got the go-ahead from Legal Standards Board, the über-regulator of law professions. In a series of posts we’ve looked at what this means for barristers and other professional advocates.

In this third post we look at some of the main criticisms levelled at the scheme and consider the thinking behind it. (To make life easier, here’s a glossary of legal acronyms and …

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QASA in practice: doing your level best

Legal Profession

Last week we reported that the Legal Services Board had finally given the green light to the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), and looked at the background to this scheme, proposed by the Joint Advocacy Group, to ensure that advocates from different sectors of the legal profession (whether barristers, solicitors or legal executives) conform to a common set of standards, or “kitemark”, calibrated to four different levels of work.

In this second post, we examine how QASA …

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Questions about QASA

Legal Profession

Earlier this week the Legal Services Board finally approved the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates, the first phase of which will begin on 30 September 2013.

In a series of linked posts, we set out the pros and cons of QASA and examine its relationship to  PCT and LASPO. (Unfortunately, the regulatory framework of the English legal system is littered with acronyms and abbreviations. To make life easier, these have been set out in a Continue Reading

A Glossary of Regulatory Acronyms

Legal Profession

Legal professionals are subject to no fewer than SEVEN professional regulators, whose names and functions are often referred to in a bewildering Scrabble tray of acronyms and abbreviations.

Apart from (1) the BSB which deals with barristers, (2) the SRA which deals with solicitors, and (3) the IPS which deals with legal executives and paralegals, there are also: (4) the CLSB for costs lawyers; (5) the CLC for conveyancers; and (6) the IPReg for trade mark attorneys and patent attorneys. Arching …

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