Kerry Underwood


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Dick Chilblain reports!

10,000 firms have come up with the idea of people being able to ask them to advise on legal matters and agree a fee to do so!

Being “lawyers” these people will advise on the law; if it is a special matter that needs special help they will ask a specialist to help. The working title for these specialists is “barristers” but some firms prefer the term “counsel”.

These “lawyers” have decided to call themselves “solicitors”; they have volunteered to be trained for at least six years, spending about £50,000 on their training.

They will be insured for every penny, and even if the insurance does not cover them for any reason, they will set up and pay for a separate fund, so that no-one can ever lose out.

These “solicitors” and “barristers” will be regulated, at their own expense, and will make themselves subject to all sorts of special rules to protect the public. They plan to call their customers “clients” to mark this difference.

More details will be announced in due course.

Meanwhile a spokesperson for ABS’s Past commented:

“What a laugh! It will never catch on. Conshoomers want untrained fly by night businesses likely to go bust to deal with their most important personal and business matters. Discipline, training, regulation,insurance, compensation.What next – ethics, honesty, professionalism?

Namby-pamby nanny-state stuff. No-one will want it. They will be suggesting “courts” as a replacement for sending the boys round. Ridiculous.”

Written by kerryunderwood

February 2, 2015 at 7:12 pm

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  1. NO it will never catch on. And you have forgotten to mention that these professional “lawyers”, who spend so much time in training and are insured to the hilt are obviously *far* more likely to be incompetent/corrupt/on the take, etc.

    Therefore I would suggest in this brave new world, in order to counteract that, we must have:-

    a) some sort of regulatory authority that can fine individual solicitors on a whim, in some cases [see SDLT avoidance schemes] simply for upsetting a government agency;

    b) said regulatory agency should NOT apply to cowboy outfits or ABSs;

    c) obviously it goes without saying that the costs of this be borne by the solicitor, and should be set in the thousands of pounds per year bracket;

    d) there needs to be some sort of legal Ombudsman in order to scrutinise everything (expect his own expenses claim of course!) to see if some minor irritation can be found and award compo to the poor consumer;

    e) there MUST be a Legal Services Consumer Panel (it is unimaginable to do without one, surely?) who at a cost of six figures per annum can work out why solicitors are all bad (but not McKenzie friends and private will-writing companies who provide a great service apparently);

    f) also, I think these “lawyers” should be made to pay for a Legal Services Board, a Quality Assessment Scheme for Advocates, a Wills and INheritance Quality Scheme, a Conveyancing Quality Scheme, a Riliance Risk Assessment scheme, a COFA, a COLP, a Veyo Conveyancing Scheme, Lexcel, etc.

    g) extremely strict and severe court rules must be applied to the said lawyers, such that for example if a document is sent to a court office (which is unstaffed and within which the said document will not actually be read by anybody) and arrives at 4:29pm, the lawyer can be ok, but if it arrives at 4:35pm, the solicitor *obviously* needs to be punished, and face a professional negligence claim of £100,000 with the private insurance company who provides the PII able to treble the premium and thus put said solicitor out of business.

    With the above tweaks, I think your system may work Kerry!

    Dominic Cooper

    February 3, 2015 at 10:21 am

    • Dominic

      I think that you are being a bit optimistic. Need to be a bit tougher than that.

      These ideas might work if court fees were increased sixfold, swingeing employment fees were introduced to cut claims by 80%, judicial review virtually scrapped, personal injury claims kicked out completely if any part is dishonest and if we had an ignorant fool as Lord Chancellor.

      However obviously none of that is ever going to happen; I suspect half the judiciary would clear off to Singapore if anything like that ever came in.



      February 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

  2. ….BUT…we need to make ourselves look different so we can achieve a headline in the daily legal news round. I suggest we all dress up as Elvis and sing our advice….now that’s different….and newsworthy!! Perhaps we can give away a cuddly toy hound dog with every bit of advice….

    A Twambley

    February 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

    • Dear Mr Twambley

      You must be clairvoyant! Our Ace Reporter, Dick Chilblain, has just this minute returned from Heartbreak Hotel, the HQ of the new Elvis ABS and he will be filing his story very soon!

      Yours sincerely

      Eddie Quindell-Stobart
      Editor-in-Chief, ABS News.


      February 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

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