Demand for legal services to surge after pandemic – Legal Services

Posted July 22nd, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, delay, Law Society, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘The end of the coronavirus pandemic will be followed by a “massive increase” in demand for legal services, the president of the Law Society has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2020

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Lawyers have become “de facto agents of Russian state” – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers have become “de facto agents of the Russian state” by helping to smooth the way of Russian money entering the UK, according to Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2020

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Chancery Lane demands action to clear employment tribunals backlog – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Law Society has called for action to be taken to clear a backlog of cases in employment tribunals ahead of an anticipated “avalanche” of post-COVID claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd June 2020

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Legal regulators cool on the idea of being abolished – Legal Futures

‘Legal regulators have reacted coolly to the recommendation of Professor Stephen Mayson that they be replaced by a single organisation, arguing instead the case for specialism.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2020

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Compensation Fund cuts would be “devastating” – Legal Futures

‘Cutting the maximum size of Compensation Fund awards from £2m to £500,000 could have a “devastating” impact on “unlucky claimants”, the Law Society has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 4th June 2020

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Call for review of regulator costs in unsuccessful prosecutions – Legal Futures

‘The Law Commission should review whether regulators such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) should be insulated from costs orders in disciplinary actions they lose, a Court of Appeal judge has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 26th May 2020

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Remote hearings in civil cases cannot just become ‘new normal’ – Litigation Futures

Posted May 21st, 2020 in civil justice, coronavirus, Law Society, news, remote hearings by sally

‘It is “vitally important” that remote hearings are not accepted as the “new normal” in the civil courts after the coronavirus pandemic passes without substantial work on the quality of justice delivered, the Law Society has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st May 2020

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One in seven female solicitors suffer bullying or discrimination – Legal Futures

‘One in seven female solicitors have experienced bullying, discrimination and harassment in the workplace over the past year, Law Society research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 16th April 2020

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Is it possible to take a statutory declaration by Skype video or similar technology? – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Although the position is fast-moving and guidance is expected to be given in due course by the Law Society, it is presently understood that remote video conferencing technology such as Skype or Zoom could be used by a practising solicitor to administer a statutory declaration.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 26th March 2020

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Divorce bill must not overlook pensions – Society – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Law Society has called for long-awaited legislation reforming divorce to be amended to ensure ex-spouses are not left financially vulnerable as a result of pension orders.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th March 2020

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Lawyers want crackdown on ‘unscrupulous’ untrained advocates who put public at risk – Daily Telegraph

‘A new breed of untrained legal advocates who are ripping off the public with “flawed” and “dangerous” legal advice should be banned, lawyers’ leaders and politicians have urged ministers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2019

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‘McKenzie friends’ must be banned because courts are being overrun by untrained advocates, senior politicians say – Daily Telegraph

‘A new breed of untrained legal advocates who are ripping off the public with “flawed” and “dangerous” legal advice should be banned, lawyers’ leaders and politicians have urged ministers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2019

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Concerns raised about Calderbank offers being used to assess litigation conduct – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Reservations have been expressed about plans to change the rules for determining costs at the end of family proceedings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th November 2019

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New law “to put more pressure” on solicitors’ NDA advice – Legal Futures

‘A new law ensuring that employees signing non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) receive independent legal advice will “increase the onus” on solicitors to act properly when drafting them, the government has said.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2019

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Mega-survey highlights need to grow “legal confidence” – Legal Futures

‘The largest legal needs survey ever run in England and Wales shows what a difference professional advice and ‘legal confidence’ among consumers makes to the outcome of their matters.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2019

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Police bail decline revealed as Law Society say worrying trend means violent criminals are being released with no restrictions – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 10th, 2019 in bail, Law Society, news, police, statistics, victims, violence by tracey

‘Thousands of crime suspects are being released by police without any restrictions and potentially putting victims and the public in danger, new research suggests. In 2017, the law was changed in a bid to limit the time someone spends on bail to 28 days, offering police the chance to instead release someone under investigation (RUI) for an unlimited period of time and without having to place any restrictions on them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2019

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SDT president: Concerns over civil standard of proof “misplaced” – Legal Futures

‘Concerns over the decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) to move from the criminal to the civil standard of proof are “misplaced”, the tribunal’s president has said.’

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Legal Futures, 26th June 2019

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MPs and lawyers call for investigation into privatised visa system which allows firms to make millions – The Independent

Posted June 24th, 2019 in auditors, contracting out, immigration, Law Society, news, parliament, visas by tracey

‘Cross party politicians back demands for urgent review into Home Office partnership with French firm Sopra Steria following warnings legal migrants risk being ‘thrown into the hostile environment’

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The Independent, 23rd June 2019

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Law Society’s defence of NDA guidance draws heavy fire – Legal Futures

‘The Law Society’s defence of its practice note on non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) has not silenced its critics, with the leading academic in the field accusing Chancery Lane of “putting PR before principles”.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd June 2019

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“No ethical leadership”: Law Society blasted over NDA guidance – Legal Futures

‘Law Society guidance on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) demonstrates an absence of “ethical leadership” and shows why the profession cannot be allowed to sort such issues on its own, a leading academic has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 15th March 2019

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