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Westminster update: Economic Crime Bill approved by House of Commons

One thing you must do Read our submission to the government’s consultation on reforming the Human Rights Act. We argue that the government is introducing changes that would make the state less accountable. It undermines a crucial element of the rule of law, preventing people from challenging illegitimate uses of power. What do you want […]

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Swift investments are needed to tackle unacceptable court delays

Large-scale investments are needed to ensure the criminal justice system is able to tackle court backlogs and ensure access to justice for victims and defendants, state leaders say lawyers. The warning from the Law Society of England and Wales comes as the Public Accounts Committee today published a report questioning the UK Government’s ‘meager ambition’ […]

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Q&A with Lubna Shuja | The bar

How many years have you been a member of the board? I joined the Bar Council in 2013, representing the Sole Practitioners Group (SPG). There are more than 4,500 sole-practice solicitors in England and Wales, many of whom previously worked in firms in the city and across all areas of the profession. What other roles […]

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How lawyers can show support for Ukrainians

Our President I. Stephanie Boyce said: “We condemn the actions of the Russian Federation, which are contrary to international law. There is no doubt that these actions pose a direct threat to the rule of law. Read our full statement and make sure you comply with recent sanctions Action by the legal profession Consultancy project […]

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Law Society stresses ‘active role’ legal profession must play in Russia sanctions

The Scottish legal sector must be alert to the implications of the current crisis and have a shared responsibility to comply with UK government sanctions and present a united front against Russia’s breaches of international law. Diane McGiffen, chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “Last week our chairman, Ken Dalling, added the […]

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Law Society defends industry as sanctions increase

LONDON – The Law Society has defended the role of lawyers in the justice system amid growing pressure on firms to cut ties with Russian clients over fears they could help thwart UK sanctions. The independent professional body, which governs solicitors in England and Wales, said solicitors are required to represent their clients, whoever they […]

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Lawyers leave London office of Russian law firm following ‘shocking developments’ in Ukraine

James Dingley and Baiju Vasani leave Ivanyan & Partners as city law firms come under greater scrutiny over ties to Russia The founding partners of the London office of a Russian law firm decided yesterday to close the outpost following ‘shocking developments’ in Ukraine. James Dingley, who joined Ivanyan & Partners from Clifford Chance in […]

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Russia’s actions ‘a direct threat to the rule of law’ – Law Society

Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce issued a statement condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, offering the Law Society’s support to its members in the region and describing Russia’s actions as a “direct threat to the rule of law”. Boyce noted: “The Bar stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the National Bar Association of […]

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Kennedys to close Moscow office as Bar Association condemns Russian actions

Kennedys is in the process of withdrawing from Russia, as international concern mounts over the invasion of Ukraine and several law firms take steps to distance themselves from the situation. According to a person at the company, Kennedys began the process of closing its Moscow office in late 2021 amid growing concerns about the likelihood […]

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Law Society says it backs law firms working on behalf of Russian oligarchs

Monday, February 28, 2022 5:48 p.m. The Law Society of England and Wales has come out in favor of law firms acting on behalf of Russian oligarchs, as City of London law firms come under pressure to cut ties with Russia, amid allegations that they are working on behalf of Vladimir Putin’s allies to block […]

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Diversity Program Opens Door to Talented Interns

Talented trainee lawyers are invited to apply for a place in the profession’s Diversity Access Scheme (DAS), the Law Society of England and Wales said when opening recruitment for the 2022 cohort. DAS aims to help improve social mobility and diversity in the legal profession by supporting people who face exceptional social, educational, financial or […]

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Law Society Group Gender Wage Gap Report 2021

The Law Society Group today released its 2021 Gender Pay Gap Report. The report includes the combined results of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which operates independently. Our median gender pay gap in 2021 is 11.3%, lower than the current UK median pay gap of 15.4% (Office […]

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Strategy and business plan of the Commission des services juridiques 2022-2023 – Law Society’s response

In addition to the new areas of work, the LSB will continue its work on: fulfilling its legal obligations, including monitoring the performance of regulators and overseeing the OLC and SDT implement the recommendations of the Competition and Market Authority’s report on legal services through its consumer empowerment project finalize the policy statement on continuing […]

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The Legal Profession Celebrates LGBT History Month

Lawyers in England and Wales will celebrate LGBT History Month today by taking part in events across the country to raise awareness about LGBT+ people and their history. “LGBT History Month is the perfect time for colleagues to celebrate progress towards expanding LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in their workplace and take stock of what more […]

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Upgrading based on a dynamic legal services sector

The government will struggle to achieve its mission to upgrade without a properly funded justice system, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today. The legal services sector plays a central role in supporting the private sector in all parts of the UK by providing the vital legal advice that small and large businesses […]

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UK law firm exposes India’s war crimes in IIOJK

ISLAMABAD: Indian Army Chief of Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane and Home Minister Amit Anil Chandra Shah were red-faced on Wednesday after a UK-based law firm Uni filed an appeal against their arrest with the Metropolitan Police in London for allegedly committing war crimes in the illegally Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The appeal […]

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Remote testimony of wills extended by two years

News that the government has extended remote control of wills for two years has now been greeted with caution by chief lawyers. Under the Wills Act 1837, the signature of two witnesses is required in the physical presence of the person making the will (the testator). In July 2020, the UK government took steps to […]

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Security Should Be Priority As COVID Cases Rise

The safety and availability of criminal defense lawyers is at risk after calls to revert to advice from a remote police station were rejected by police despite the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the Law Society has warned. A police station protocol was introduced in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing […]

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Law Society Responds to Chatham House AML Report

The Law Society of England and Wales has published a response to the recent report by London-based think tank Chatham House criticizing Britain’s anti-money laundering (AML) laws. The report says uncontrolled and often unenforceable anti-corruption laws have made the UK the money-laundering capital of the world for a post-Soviet elite, seriously damaging Britain’s international reputation […]

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UK Legal Commission to Review 1996 Arbitration Act | Morgan lewis

The UK Law Commission has announced that it will be reviewing the Arbitration Act 1996, the main law governing arbitrations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Law Commission has said its aim is to ensure that arbitration law remains clear, modern and effective in order to maintain the attractiveness of the UK as a […]

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LexisNexis SA and the Bar of South Africa publish Legal Tech 2021 report

The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing the way the legal profession interacts and uses information, and it is clear that the industry is embracing and using technology with eagerness. For example, when it comes to legal work, more and more legal professionals seek their information using a laptop, PC, tablet, mobile phone or of an […]

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Law students launch boycott of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher law firm – Uprise RI

Today the members of Law students for climate responsibility (LSCA) launched a nationwide appeal to law students to boycott the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. In a public signature letter and a video ad, students described the boycott as a response to Gibson Dunn’s work protecting polluting companies from climate liability, attacking the rights […]

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SLCC case against law firm escalates

SLCC case against law firm escalates Posted November 24, 2021 Neil Stevenson A third hearing has been scheduled before the Court of Session in a case between the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) and a law firm that failed to deliver relevant records and documents to the SLCC, despite the requirement to an interlocutor to […]

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Egypt becomes a member of the International Law Commission for 2023-2027 – Foreign Affairs – Egypt

Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN Oussama Abdel-Khalek. File photo Created by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1947, the International Law Commission is charged with helping to develop and codify international law. The commission is composed of 34 experts with academic and legal expertise in the field of international law elected by […]

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Professor Bimal Patel elected to International Law Commission for 5-year term : The Tribune India

United Nations, November 13 Professor Bimal Patel, Vice-Chancellor of Rashtriya Raksha University and a member of India’s National Security Advisory Council, was elected to the International Law Commission for a five-year term, in a hard-fought election disputed at the United Nations. “Heartfelt congratulations to Professor Bimal Patel @RakshaUni on his election to the International Law […]

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Harry Roque fails in his candidacy for a post at the International Law Commission │ GMA News Online

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque failed to secure a seat on the 34-member International Law Commission (ILC), the expert body that helps develop and codify international law. “My candidacy for ILC has been a difficult campaign throughout, but we have met it head on. Unfortunately, we have not been successful,” he said in a statement posted […]

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Egypt becomes member of the International Law Commission for 2023-2027 – Foreign Affairs – Egypt

Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN Osama Abdel-Khalek. Photo file Established by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1947, the International Law Commission is charged with helping to develop and codify international law. The commission is made up of 34 experts with academic and legal expertise in the field of international law elected […]

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Comments of the Bar on the SRA 21/22 business plan

Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce supported the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) 2021-2022 business plan and budget, and reiterated the Law Society’s shared key priorities, including combating money laundering. money (AML), diversity, inclusion, technology. and innovative, “We are delighted that the SRA is prioritizing its work and resources over its core regulatory function: ensuring high […]

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Law Society of Scotland unveils Diane McGiffen as new chief executive

Ms McGiffen succeeds Lorna Jack, who will leave after 13 years with the professional body of more than 12,000 Scottish lawyers. She has held senior roles at Audit Scotland for the past 20 years, most recently as Chief Operating Officer, where she led strategy, business plans, governance, risk and performance. Register to our daily newsletter […]

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The Bar Association’s Access to Innovation project accepts applications

TORONTO, November 3, 2021 / CNW / – The Access to Innovation (A2I) project has been launched and is ready to accept applications from innovative technological legal (ITS) providers who wish to serve Ontario consumers while respecting operating conditions protecting the public. “The A2I project benefits Ontarians, legal service providers and the Law Society. By […]

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Reduces annual fees and invests in library resources

TORONTO, 28 October 2021 / CNW / – Today, the Bar of from ontario the governing body (Convocation) approved the 2022 budget proposed by the management. This budget reduces annual fees for licensees and fees for license applicants while maintaining the long-term strong financial position of the organization. The budget advances strategic priorities, including modernizing […]

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Spotlight on the Bar: AGM / Council Meeting | Characteristic

October is a particularly busy month at Chancery Lane – the end of the party’s conference season, the return of the British parliament after the summer, the opening of the legal year and then a series of key meetings: from our board, our AGM, the investiture of office holders and the arrival and departure of […]

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Barreau celebrates the “champions” of lawyers | News

The “champions of the vulnerable” were among the lawyers celebrated last Thursday at the Law Society Awards 2021. Excellence was recognized in 20 categories at the most prestigious awards ceremony for lawyers in England and Wales, which took place virtually and was hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield. Neil Hudgell (pictured), of Hudgell Solicitors, who helped […]

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The Bar announces a team of experts to support the new Access to innovation project

TORONTO, September 27, 2021 / CNW / – In April, the Law Society of from ontario The Board of Directors (also known as Convocation) approved a five-year pilot project – now named Access to Innovation (A2I) – that will enable providers of innovative technological legal (ITS) services to serve consumers while respecting operating conditions that […]

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Law Society of British Columbia releases annual report with updates on progress of 2018-2020 strategic plan

With respect to the goal of promoting greater public confidence in the rule of law and the administration of justice, the Law Society created the Rule of Law Matters podcast, which aimed to make law and legal matters more accessible and to promote awareness of how the rule of law helps protect rights and freedoms. […]

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UPIS opposes former student Roque’s candidacy for the International Law Commission

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque graduated from Integrated High School at the University of the Philippines in 1982. The University of the Philippines Integrated Secondary School (UPIS) has joined with other institutions in opposing the candidacy of its former student, presidential spokesman Harry Roque, for a seat on the Commission of international law (ILC). “The UP […]

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Castling a ‘disgrace’, say PH lawyers opposed to International Law Commission offer

Filipino lawyers oppose presidential spokesman Harry Roque’s bid to be elected to the International Law Commission (ILC), with a group calling it “a fellow Filipino lawyer’s hypocritical ambition to reinvent himself” . The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) said in a statement on Tuesday, September 14 that Roque – a former human rights lawyer […]

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UP Diliman opposes Roque’s appointment to UN International Law Commission

FILE PHOTO: Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque/PCOO Facebook video screenshot MANILA, Philippines — The inclusion of presidential spokesman Harry Roque on the International Law Commission (ILC) would only “diminish” the reputation of the United Nations body, the executive committee of the University of the Philippines said on Tuesday. Philippines Diliman. Although Roque was a former faculty […]

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Roque confirms being in New York for the candidacy of the International Law Commission

FLAG Says Presidential Spokesman “Unworthy” of Consideration Presidential spokesperson Herminio “Harry” Roque Jr. shares his remarks with President Rodrigo Duterte during a meeting with the Interagency Working Group on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina , Davao City on February 15, 2021. Joey Dalumpines, presidential photo MANILA – Presidency […]

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FLAG: Harry Roque “misplaced” to join the International Law Commission

MANILA, Philippines — The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) has raised objections to the appointment of presidential spokesman Harry Roque to serve on a United Nations panel of experts on international law. FLAG chairman Chel Diokno and other officers of the group have written to the International Law Commission in New York to show their […]

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Roque admits he’s in New York for the International Law Commission bid

Lawyers and civil society groups opposed to Harry Roque’s nomination have launched signature campaigns and written letters to the International Law Commission Presidential spokesman Harry Roque greeted viewers of his regular press briefing on Monday, September 13 from New York, confirming rumors circulating over the weekend that he was in the United States. “Narito po […]

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Roque admits he is in New York for the candidacy of the International Law Commission

Lawyers and civil society groups opposed to Harry Roque’s appointment have launched signature campaigns and written letters to the International Law Commission Presidency spokesman Harry Roque greeted viewers during his regular press briefing on Monday, September 13 from New York City, confirming rumors circulating over the weekend that he was in the United States . […]

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Hong Kong Law Society elections highlight tensions over China, legal system

Drumming of attacks on “liberal” candidates in pro-Beijing media Candidate drops out, citing fears for his family and safety The electoral battle revealed tensions over the city’s rule of law HONG KONG, Aug.24 (Reuters) – The Hong Kong Bar on Tuesday votes for new board members, an annual event made difficult this year by the […]

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Bound for Romeward: Law Society Reaches Agreement with Italian Bar Association | News

The Law Society has entered into an agreement with the Rome Bar to strengthen ties with Italian law firms. In a memorandum of understanding signed this week, the two organizations pledged to continue to defend the practice rights of English and Welsh lawyers in Italy, and vice versa. They are also committed to exchanging information […]

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Law Society Warns Against Judicial Review Bill | Law

The judicial review bill, to be released on Wednesday, should “sound the alarm bells” for people trying to seek redress against the state in court, the Law Society said. Details of the bill, released ahead of its full release, which follows the government’s rhetoric about excess of justice, sparked accusations that it would restrict the […]

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Local Lawyer Receives Prestigious Law Society Award

Content of the article A local lawyer received a very prestigious award from the Law Society of Ontario. Douglas Elliott, who was born and raised in Elliot Lake, received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the Law Society of Ontario at a June 23 convocation ceremony. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was […]

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After Assam, UP prepares for a two-child policy; Law Commission drafting the Population Bill

After Assam, Uttar Pradesh is preparing to pass a law on population control. The state law commission has started drafting a version of a population control bill, sources reported on Sunday. The law, if enacted, will withhold benefits from some UP government plans for those who violate the two-child rule. The Law Commission will submit […]

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Law Society of England and Wales hits back at Chinese sanctions against UK lawyers

The Law Society of England and Wales has hit back at the Chinese government for sanctioning a leading chamber and lawyer, among other things, for spreading “lies and misinformation” about alleged human rights abuses. man in Xinjiang. Earlier on Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry announced sanctions against London-based Essex Court Chambers and Geoffrey Nice QC, among […]

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Nigeria, UK nominate joint candidate for International Law Commission 2021

Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford, has been appointed UK candidate for the International Law Commission for the period 2023-2017. Nigeria-born Professor Akande will see his candidacy co-nominated by the government of Nigeria, making him the very first candidate to be nominated by both the UK and Nigeria. The […]

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Polish parliament approves judge’s ‘muzzle law’, Commission ‘very concerned’ – EURACTIV.com

Poland’s parliament on Thursday (January 23rd) approved a controversial bill aimed at sanctioning judges who challenge the government’s judicial reforms which the European Union says are out of step with the rule of law. The lower house of the EU member country, where lawmakers from the right-wing ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party hold the […]

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UK Immigration Rules Inapplicable, Law Commission Says | Immigration and asylum

Immigration rules are “too complex and impractical” according to the Law Commission, which recommends simplifying them in order to save the government £ 70million over the next decade. The regulations have quadrupled in length since 2010 and are “widely criticized for being poorly drafted,” said the body, which advises ministers on updating the law. When […]