Yvonne Spencer Chair of the Association welcomed delegates to the conference with a rallying speech on the competitive advantage solicitors advocates have to benefit from the opportunities in the future in spite of QASA regulation and their ability to adapt traditional business structures for this purpose.
Read the full text of the speech here.
The Key Note speech was delivered by the President of the Queen's Bench Division The Rt Hon Sir John Thomas on 'Where Next?'.
There followed interesting panel discussions on 'Competitive Regulation' and 'ABSs and Access to Justice: Future Trends in Advocacy Services'. Speakers reacted to the desire expressed recently by the Chairman of the Bar Council Michael Todd QC that all advocates (including solicitors) should be regulated by the BSB. The debate was reported by Neil Rose of 'Legal Futures' who chaired one of the sessions.
During the panel discussion on business structures Des Hudson, Chief Executive of the Law Society, stated that the need for all solicitors to have client accounts with the necessary regulation that requires will need to be looked at in order to ensure that solicitors have the ability to compete. This was reported both by Legal Futures and the Law Gazette . Read the full speech given by Des Hudson to the conference here.
There were separate afternoon sessions for criminal and civil practitioners. Unfortunately Richard Collins of the SRA was unable to attend to give his presentation on practical roll out of QASA which is available here.
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