reform the no win no fee to make it less lucrative for solicitors

 the compensation culture is being driven by a greedy and amoral  section of society who in essence use the claiments as a conduite to enrich themselves. At the very least stop  their constant advertising on commercial radio and t v.

Why is this idea important?

 the compensation culture is being driven by a greedy and amoral  section of society who in essence use the claiments as a conduite to enrich themselves. At the very least stop  their constant advertising on commercial radio and t v.

The Sharia Is A Model Of Utter Simplicity. It Contains A Lesson For Us.

Use the Sharie as a model of simplicity for the framing and application of laws. All seem to understand the Sharie while virtually no-one can understand English Law (Common or otherwise)

The Sharie has stood the test of time. It works and is used in the UK already, although this is denied. Banking law is increasingly based on observance of the Sharia and this will increase as we begin to see the toxic and ruinous effects of the UK banking system.

I do not advocate adopting some of the traditional and Quranic laws of the Sharia. I simply say we could learn from simplicity and effectiveness.

Why is this idea important?

Use the Sharie as a model of simplicity for the framing and application of laws. All seem to understand the Sharie while virtually no-one can understand English Law (Common or otherwise)

The Sharie has stood the test of time. It works and is used in the UK already, although this is denied. Banking law is increasingly based on observance of the Sharia and this will increase as we begin to see the toxic and ruinous effects of the UK banking system.

I do not advocate adopting some of the traditional and Quranic laws of the Sharia. I simply say we could learn from simplicity and effectiveness.

Simplify Law Industry

The law should be simplified so that anyone and everyone can use it without the need for solicitors and barristers.

The whole system is antiquated, it was not designed, it just happened. In that it is a bit like the road network, but unlike the road network it could easily be ripped up and replaced with something much more efficient and cheap.

Why is this idea important?

The law should be simplified so that anyone and everyone can use it without the need for solicitors and barristers.

The whole system is antiquated, it was not designed, it just happened. In that it is a bit like the road network, but unlike the road network it could easily be ripped up and replaced with something much more efficient and cheap.

Cut Legal and Accountancy Fees

I’d like to see a watchdog set up with a view of reducing legal and accounting costs that every business must pay.

This means identifying the top legal/accounting activities and streamlining them for cost and time.

Why is this idea important?

I’d like to see a watchdog set up with a view of reducing legal and accounting costs that every business must pay.

This means identifying the top legal/accounting activities and streamlining them for cost and time.

Stop the Lawyer & Accountant Gravy Train

Remove the need for lawyers and accountants when conducting everyday business. How?

  • New laws, rules and guidance must pass a simple comprehension test so that a reasonable person would be able to understand and implement. If it doesn't pass the test and it needs an expensive expert to give an 'opinion' it should not be put into force.
  • Old law, rules and guidance should be rapidly simplified and rewritten to pass the same test.
  • All law and guidance should be black and white.
  • Must be easy to implement.
  • Use check lists to allow easier compliance i.e. if you can satisfy these clear criteria you will have done what is required.
  • Standard business contracts introduced for most commercial transactions. Everything that is different can then be highlighted and addressed.

It is hardly in the legal profession's best interest to simplify the law or for accountants to have a simplified tax code. Turkeys don't vote for Christmas and it will take political courage to take on the vested interests involved. 

Why is this idea important?

Remove the need for lawyers and accountants when conducting everyday business. How?

  • New laws, rules and guidance must pass a simple comprehension test so that a reasonable person would be able to understand and implement. If it doesn't pass the test and it needs an expensive expert to give an 'opinion' it should not be put into force.
  • Old law, rules and guidance should be rapidly simplified and rewritten to pass the same test.
  • All law and guidance should be black and white.
  • Must be easy to implement.
  • Use check lists to allow easier compliance i.e. if you can satisfy these clear criteria you will have done what is required.
  • Standard business contracts introduced for most commercial transactions. Everything that is different can then be highlighted and addressed.

It is hardly in the legal profession's best interest to simplify the law or for accountants to have a simplified tax code. Turkeys don't vote for Christmas and it will take political courage to take on the vested interests involved. 

Make the regulation of lawyers properly independent

Review the compromise reached for 'self-regulation' by the profession embodied in the Legal Services Act 2005. Look at  how far it is being implemented in spirit as well as practice particularly by the Law Society and its regulatory arm the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  Is the regulator clearly independent and properly funded by the profession ?  There has been scandalous and massive waste of time and resources over the last 5 years, as the Law Society has indulged in byzantine internecine warfare to limit the SRA's independence and this is easily verifiable.  

Is the concept of 'outcome-based' regulation, relying on ethical principles rather than rule and introducing a free market in ownership and control of legal firms still appropriate given recent experience in the financial sector ? Are proper and timely controls yet being exercised over entry to the profession and over incompetent and unethical lawyers ?   

Simplify the whole complex structure by removing regulation entirely from the control of the legal professions and merging all legal regulation under the new Legal Services Board. This will reduce cost and clarify accountability. It will also enable a proper platform for international regulation of the legal profession to be developed – which lags even further behind the international coordination, ineffective though it may have been, in the financial sector. 

Why is this idea important?

Review the compromise reached for 'self-regulation' by the profession embodied in the Legal Services Act 2005. Look at  how far it is being implemented in spirit as well as practice particularly by the Law Society and its regulatory arm the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  Is the regulator clearly independent and properly funded by the profession ?  There has been scandalous and massive waste of time and resources over the last 5 years, as the Law Society has indulged in byzantine internecine warfare to limit the SRA's independence and this is easily verifiable.  

Is the concept of 'outcome-based' regulation, relying on ethical principles rather than rule and introducing a free market in ownership and control of legal firms still appropriate given recent experience in the financial sector ? Are proper and timely controls yet being exercised over entry to the profession and over incompetent and unethical lawyers ?   

Simplify the whole complex structure by removing regulation entirely from the control of the legal professions and merging all legal regulation under the new Legal Services Board. This will reduce cost and clarify accountability. It will also enable a proper platform for international regulation of the legal profession to be developed – which lags even further behind the international coordination, ineffective though it may have been, in the financial sector. 

Regulatory Authorities

As a practising solicitor I am well aware of the passion of the now defunct Labour Government  for control freakery which is legend.

The new government must now set about repealing or limiiting overbearing and burdonsome authorities such as the Solicitors Regulation Aurhority.  

This wholly unnecessary body is now  becoming an empire building monstrosity.  The vast majority of practising solicitors are honest and hard working and do not need an interfering institution such as this which has taken upon its self  the task of teling us how to run our practises and businesses. 

 

All the legal profession needs is a good independent complaints body  and nothing more..

Why is this idea important?

As a practising solicitor I am well aware of the passion of the now defunct Labour Government  for control freakery which is legend.

The new government must now set about repealing or limiiting overbearing and burdonsome authorities such as the Solicitors Regulation Aurhority.  

This wholly unnecessary body is now  becoming an empire building monstrosity.  The vast majority of practising solicitors are honest and hard working and do not need an interfering institution such as this which has taken upon its self  the task of teling us how to run our practises and businesses. 

 

All the legal profession needs is a good independent complaints body  and nothing more..

Repeal the laws which allowed solicitors, claims companies and lawyers to advertise

Some years ago the law was changed to allow solicitors and lawyers to advertise. Since then we have seen a compensation culture supported by companies that actively encourage claims for even the most trivial of alleged injuries or offences.

Why is this idea important?

Some years ago the law was changed to allow solicitors and lawyers to advertise. Since then we have seen a compensation culture supported by companies that actively encourage claims for even the most trivial of alleged injuries or offences.

Move to an Examining/Inquiring criminal justice system

At present criminal justice operates around an adversarial judicial system, one in which suspects, lawyers and sometimes witnesses play 'games' rather than pursuing an absolute goal of determining the truth (as best as can be expected).  Decisions about what can and cannot be entered into evidence are made in order to ensure a case is not weakened …. etc etc.  The system is a shambles and farcical at times because there is not actually a joint effort by all those involved to seek the truth of the matter – hence miscarriages occur and justice is not well served.  It also adds to the bureaucracy of the whole system and therefore the expense of maintaining it.

Why is this idea important?

At present criminal justice operates around an adversarial judicial system, one in which suspects, lawyers and sometimes witnesses play 'games' rather than pursuing an absolute goal of determining the truth (as best as can be expected).  Decisions about what can and cannot be entered into evidence are made in order to ensure a case is not weakened …. etc etc.  The system is a shambles and farcical at times because there is not actually a joint effort by all those involved to seek the truth of the matter – hence miscarriages occur and justice is not well served.  It also adds to the bureaucracy of the whole system and therefore the expense of maintaining it.

Automatic Copyright for 3D Products, Inventions etc. like Books etc. Patents cost too much

Write a book, Write some music, paint a picture, photograph a scene etc. and the author AUTOMATICALLY gets 50+ years copyright cover WORLD WIDE. BUT invent a product, or make something in 3D and you currently DO NOT get the same automatic, powerful copyright cover. Instead you have to Pay (A LOT) for a patent, or design registration. 

Try and extend this patent cover to other countries and it costs even more, then after a long winded, expensive process, you may get a patent – but then to stop an infringement you have to have the patent in each country and expensive lawyers to make it stick.

Unlike copyright, where you pay nothing, To keep a patent 'alive' you have to pay an annual fee these fee's usually go up each year and have to be paid in each country .. some countries fees are very expensive.

Why is this idea important?

Write a book, Write some music, paint a picture, photograph a scene etc. and the author AUTOMATICALLY gets 50+ years copyright cover WORLD WIDE. BUT invent a product, or make something in 3D and you currently DO NOT get the same automatic, powerful copyright cover. Instead you have to Pay (A LOT) for a patent, or design registration. 

Try and extend this patent cover to other countries and it costs even more, then after a long winded, expensive process, you may get a patent – but then to stop an infringement you have to have the patent in each country and expensive lawyers to make it stick.

Unlike copyright, where you pay nothing, To keep a patent 'alive' you have to pay an annual fee these fee's usually go up each year and have to be paid in each country .. some countries fees are very expensive.