Professional negligence in 2014: the year in review

Davies, Mark (2015) Professional negligence in 2014: the year in review. Journal of Professional Negligence, 31 (1). pp. 5-17. ISSN 1746-6709

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This article reviews important aspects of the state of ‘professional status’ and challenges to professional identity, through the lens of continuing developments relating to the legal and medical professions. These challenges include continued debate, in the aftermath of the publication in 2013 of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) Report, regarding the future education and training model for solicitors, including whether the profession will continue to be almost all graduate in nature. The Solicitors Regulation Authority(SRA) also continues to scrutinize closely the future nature and detail of professional regulation, having not ruled out the possibility of setting ‘lower ...levels of consumer protection’ in the interests of ‘access, diversity and competition’. A parallel debate is unfolding with regard to the future qualification route(s) and practice options for barristers, including the Bar Standards Board (BSB) taking, what some might consider, a radical first step away from the traditional model of most practising barristers being self-employed, and thereby highly independent, towards entity based practice. For the medical profession, early evidence has begun to emerge from which to assess the impact of revalidation – the move away from the qualification for life model which had existed for over 150 years. Other developments, including recommendations in the Law Commission report Regulation of Health Care Professionals and Regulation of Social Care Professionals in England, present the possibility of further significant implications for the future regulation of medical professionals.

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Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
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Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 10:36
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