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This week LSN celebrated a landmark achievement of 21 London Networking events! On 11 November 2013, The Anthologist bar in the city was transformed into a legal hub – as 343 of you braved the wind and the rain to mingle with your peers.

LSN's third Operational Leaders In Legal conference built on the success of last year, with a staggering 110 operational chiefs from some of the top legal firms meeting on 7 November 2013 to share knowledge, insight and challenges surrounding the industry, held at the Grange City Hotel in London.
 

LSN ended October’s round of regional events with a trip to Leeds on the evening of Tuesday 22 October.
 
Over 58 law firm guests from local law firms came to join us for some drinks and nibbles at the very awesome White Cloth Gallery in the heart of Leeds city centre.

Doing away with non-chargeable time recording - good or bad idea?

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LSN travelled to the UK’s second largest city Birmingham for an evening of networking on 2 October 2013 and a great time was had by all. Altogether 64 people from local law firms joined us at Colmore Bar & Grill which created a great atmosphere.

Legal aid cuts have triggered a dramatic drop in the number of divorcing couples opting for mediation, according to the latest government figures.

Judicial guidance requires couples contemplating a divorce to consider mediation before starting court proceedings, but delegates to Resolution conference heard that mediation information and assessment meetings fell 47 per cent in the past year.

The figures were revealed following a freedom of information request to the Ministry of Justice by mediator Marc Lopatin, who runs a lawyer-supported mediation service.

Legal Services Board chair discusses his master plan for a single legal regulator, the failings of a rule-based approach and his ideas for a Royal College of Advocacy

The trust that solicitors engender among their clients should be leveraged, with other services operating under legal professionals’ banner within alternative business structures (ABS), according to the head of one of the newest ABSs.

Paul Bibby, managing partner and head of legal practice at Liverpool-based, nine-partner firm MSB Solicitors – whose ABS, MSB Law, became effective earlier this month – said solicitors should be unapologetic about using their reputation for professional integrity as an umbrella under which other services could shelter.

Legal regulators have been told to urgently review their education and training framework in new statutory guidance published by the Legal Services Board in the wake of LETR.

Setting their draft guidance and a short consultation, chair David Edmonds said that while the LSB wasn't imposing a timetable on regulators, "they should have one".

The guidance sets out five outcomes:

i.    Education and training requirements focus on what an individual must know, understand and be able to do at the point of authorisation

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