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Week on the Web - English Gossip 06 03 12
SRA takes temperature of the profession, LSB seeks views on regulation of immigration advice, calls for swift uptake of advocacy quality standard and consultation launched on Judicial discipline regulations.

SRA takes temperature of the profession
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published a report examining the attitude of the legal profession towards compliance with the SRA's regulatory requirements.
Press release
LSB seeks views on regulation of immigration advice
The Legal Services Board (LSB) has launched a new discussion paper setting out its concerns about the regulation of immigration advice and services by regulators under the Legal Services Act 2007.
Calls for swift uptake of advocacy quality standard
The Bar Standards Board has called on fellow regulators to join with it in pressing ahead with an innovative scheme to maintain and improve standards of advocacy.
Consultation launched on Judicial discipline regulations
The Office for Judicial Complaints has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the rules and regulations governing the procedures concerning the handling of complaints and discipline of judges.
Bar Council launches new online system
The Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board have launched Barrister Connect, a new system to enable barristers to renew their practising certificates online.
Judicial appointments
The Honourable Mr Justice Charles has been appointed a President of the Upper Tribunal (to preside over the Administrative Appeals Chamber) with effect from 4th April 2012.
David Williams has been appointed a District Judge and assigned to the Western Circuit, based at Weymouth and Dorset Combined Court Centre and Bournemouth and Poole County Court, with effect from 30th April 2012.
Judicial retirement
His Honour Judge Alastair Grindlay McCallum retired as a Circuit Judge on 29th February 2012.
Shoosmiths strengthens competition law offering
Shoosmiths has strengthened its competition law offering with the hire of a new partner. Simon Barnes joins from Hogan Lovells.
Appointment at Morgan Lewis
Morgan Lewis has announced that William Yonge has joined the firm as a partner in its Business and Finance practice, resident in London.
Eversheds boosts City real estate tax team
Eversheds has appointed Sebastian Daly as a partner in the London real estate tax team. Sebastian joins from Clifford Chance, where he was a Director in the tax group.
Dickinson Dees embarks on growth in Leeds
Yorkshire law firm Dickinson Dees is embarking on a period of expansion as it prepares to open the doors of its new office in Leeds.
Davenport Lyons appoints two lawyers
Davenport Lyons has announced that leading licensing and motoring offences lawyer Philip Somarakis and media lawyer Jonathan Monjack have joined the firm as partner and consultant respectively.
Ashfords and Rochman Landau merge
Ashfords LLP has announced the merger of Ashfords LLP and Rochman Landau based in London under the Ashfords LLP brand. The enlarged practice will create a law firm with nearly 500 staff and annual fees of more than £30m, with an international network of legal firms covering more than 80 countries worldwide.
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Returning to the scene of the crime
A man was arrested after an alleged unsuccessful attempt to rob a bank in Georgia, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The man left empty handed and escaped in a taxi, but was arrested when he was spotted, returning to the bank to withdraw some money  for his taxi fare...

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