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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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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 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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The Law Society and a consumer panel join forces to oppose the closure of SIF

Boyce: Profession happy to pay for SIF The Law Society and the Legal Services Consumer Panel have joined forces to oppose the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) plan to shut down the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The unprecedented joint statement argues for the continuation of SIF through an annual levy of £16 per lawyer or £240 […]

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UK faces shortage of duty counsel, Law Society says

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 6:05 p.m. The UK is facing a shortage of criminal lawyers as the sector faces a chronic recruitment crisis, the Law Society has warned. Anyone arrested in the UK has the right to seek free advice from a duty counsel. However, the number of duty solicitors working in Britain fell by […]

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Law Society responds to SRA plans to increase law firm misconduct fines

The Law Society of England and Wales has hit back at proposals from the Solicitors Regulation Authority that could see fines for misconduct at large law firms dramatically increased. In a statement Friday, Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce disagreed with the regulator’s proposals to increase misconduct fines for law firms and individual attorneys by […]

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Fight Your Corner: Criminal Legal Aid Funding Can’t Wait

This report is an important step in the right direction. In addition to an increase in wages, he proposes structural reforms that should align remuneration much better with the work required on the files. Sir Christopher is also keen to encourage early preparation – on all sides – to ensure cases that should be dropped […]

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The Law Society publishes the second edition of “Blockchain: Legal and Regulatory Advice”

Together with Tech London Advocates (TLA) Blockchain Legal and Regulatory Group, the Law Society released a second edition of its legal and regulatory guide to blockchain on January 11, 2022. Marc Jones, partner in our Commercial Litigation, Fraud and Securities teams , wrote the section on decentralized autonomous organizations. The report discusses the growing uses […]

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Law Society issues response to white paper on upgrading

The Law Society of England and Wales has published a response to the government’s Leveling Up white paper, which was unveiled by Michael Gove last week. “The government will struggle to accomplish its upgrading mission without a properly funded justice systemthe Law Society said in a news release last week. He noted that the legal […]

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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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Law Society reports achievement gap between white students and ethnic minority students

Sunday, January 23, 2022 11:14 a.m. The head of the Law Society has raised concerns about the “achievement gap” between white students and ethnic minority students, in the exams students must pass to become a lawyer. According to figures released by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, 66% of white students passed the Solicitor Qualifying Examination (SQE1), […]

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Three opportunities to adapt to the post-pandemic world

Stephanie Boyce had been asked to share her thoughts on the future of the legal profession post-pandemic and focused on challenges and opportunities, including: law technology climate change, and the transition to remote justice The virtual roundtable was moderated by Jason Chan, SC, Vice President of the Law Society of Singapore. Speaking alongside Stephanie Boyce […]

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Law Society Responds to Probate Fee Increase

Last month, the Department of Justice (MOJ) announced that following consultation on probate fees, all users of the probate service will be required to pay an increased one-time flat fee from the 26and January. Current charges are £155 for business users and £215 for non-business users. From January 26, these will change to a one-time […]

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Access to diversity program: helping candidates integrate the company

Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce knows something about the struggle that comes with entering the legal profession. Returning to the UK as a teenager after several years in the US, she wanted to be a lawyer but had no contacts in the profession to make it easier for her. “As President, I focus on […]

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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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Solicitors Journal – The Bar is concerned about the safety of lawyers in police stations in the face of Covid-19

The Law Society has raised concerns about the safety and availability of criminal lawyers in the courts, after calls to return to boards at remote police stations were rejected by police, despite a recent increase in the number of cases and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. In April 2020, a police station protocol […]

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Become a doubly qualified English notary via the SQE

As a lawyer, you are a well-trained, trustworthy and hardworking part of a renowned and prestigious profession, working in a highly competitive environment. Gone, however, are the days when your primary professional qualification, in your home jurisdiction, is enough to secure your career. The legal market – and even the business world – is changing […]

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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 welcomes trade agreement with Australia | News

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and Australia reflects the importance to both economies of market access for legal services, the Law Society said today. The agreement “provides certainty and creates opportunities for our legal professions to work together for a smoother trade in legal services, which will make it easier for clients […]

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Law Society calls for ‘radical change’ to fix troubled legal ombudsperson | News

The Law Society said it was pleased the legal ombudsman was calling on agency staff to address the growing backlog of unopened cases. But the attorneys representative warned that despite signs of improvement this year, concerns remain about the performance of the complaints department, despite a substantial increase in its budget. As part of his […]

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The pay gap between men and women in the law remains significant, according to a report from the Bar

Dawson: We need to recognize the exits more than the entrances Women in largest law firms earn on average one-fifth less than men, and the gender pay gap is 50% larger than for companies nationwide, according to Law Society analysis . As of 2017, all companies with 250 or more employees are required to publish […]

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Law Society responds to LSB consultation on consumer empowerment

The Bar has issued a response to the Legal Services Board (LSB) consultation on consumer empowerment, saying it must empower frontline regulators to understand consumer engagement and the challenges the public faces. Following a consultation launched by the LSB on a draft statutory policy statement on consumer empowerment, outlining how regulators should ensure that those […]

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SRA and Law Society clash again over removal of Lawyers Compensation Fund

Bradley: Continuing BIS is unlikely to be proportionate The Law Society has strongly attacked plans unveiled yesterday by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to eliminate the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), which protects lawyers against claims made after the six-year period after a firm closes. ‘lawyers. The SRA said that if SIF were to close as […]

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“This is not a public relations exercise”: the president of the Bar responds to the industry’s allegations of tokenism

Law Society of England & Wales President I. Stephanie Boyce called on law firms to stop treating diversity challenges as drills or PR exercises, after many raised concerns concerns about tokenism in the UK commercial legal industry. Law.com International’s investigation told the story of a variety of black and ethnic minority lawyers whose images and […]

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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 issues home buying fraud warning for consumers

Homebuyers are warned of an increase in scams that have seen victims scam hundreds of thousands of pounds. The Law Society of England and Wales has joined forces with the National Economic Crime Center (NECC), which is housed within the National Crime Agency, and Action Fraud to publish leaflets warning of the risk of embezzlement […]

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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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Attacks by the Bar plan to end APL’s testimony

Boyce: no evidence donors will be protected The Law Society attacked plans by the Department of Justice (MoJ) and the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) that could replace Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) testimony with electronic signatures. The company said “no country in the world” has a digital proxy system where there are no […]

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The head of the Bar announces his departure | News

The Law Society’s chief executive has announced his departure from Chancery Lane after nearly five years in the role. Paul Tennant will take on a new role as chief executive of the national charity Abbeyfield Society. Abbeyfield manages over 100 properties across the country and serves as an umbrella organization for 145 Abbeyfield member companies, […]

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Treasury denies SRA and Law Society demands for economic crimes tax

Tax: small businesses exempt The government has rejected an appeal from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) asking small law firms to pay its new economic crime tax. It also ruled against the Law Society’s recommendation that the new tax, which will be paid by businesses subject to the Money Laundering Regulations, should be based on […]

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“Widely neglected”: the Bar publishes advice on disabled staff | News

The Law Society has encouraged firms to improve the way they recruit and retain lawyers with disabilities, arguing that disability has been overlooked in the profession’s diversity efforts. In advice published in partnership with Cardiff University, the Law Society says there is “clear evidence that disability has been largely overlooked when it comes to improving […]

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Sarah Harkcom, General Counsel of Scientist.com, shortlisted for the prestigious Bar Award

SAN DIEGO & LONDON – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Scientist.com, the pharmaceutical industry’s leading R&D marketplace, today announced that Sarah Harkcom, its General Counsel, has been shortlisted for Internal Lawyer of the Year by The Law Society Awards, the highest honor for English and Welsh law firms. Over the past five years, Harkcom has developed and […]

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Online M&A Specialist for the Presidency of the Bar | News

Nick Emmerson has won the 2021 Law Society of England and Wales election for the post of Assistant Vice President (DVP), it was announced today. He takes office as DVP on October 14, 2021 – becoming Vice President in 2022 and President in 2023. Emmerson has been a member of the Bar Council since 2015 […]

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Bar: Lawyers should not use AI without clients’ consent

Boyce: Creating a More Stable and Predictable Environment ”for Developers Clients should be placed at the heart of legal technology by law firms, including asking for their consent before the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI), the lawyers said. The Law Society has published five fundamental principles that should govern the design, development and use of […]

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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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The President of the Bar on the promotion of diversity in an elite profession

When Stephanie Boyce worked as a postwoman in Buckinghamshire, she often saw commuter trains heading for London. “I looked up and thought, ‘I’ll be on that train someday,’” she says of that time in her late teens when she “got by”, trying to work and study. His efforts paid off. Boyce, 49, became the first […]

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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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Remunerate interns under training contracts and eligible work experience in the same way, says the Barreau aux entreprises

Chancery Lane calls for parity on both routes ahead of SQE rollout Law firms should not use the introduction of the Lawyers Qualifying Examination (SQE) as an opportunity to pay articling students less, the Law Society has warned. Body Chancery Lane has pointed out that providers of training and qualifying work experience (QWE) contracts are […]

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Lawyers Fed Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Bar Dystopia

Bar: focus should be on technology More than half of legal service workers in the UK will lose their jobs and those who remain will be forced to take “performance-enhancing drugs”, envisaged a “disruptive” vision for the profession in 2050 published by the Law Society. The ‘savage reduction’ of the workforce would hit high street […]

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Law Society issues articling support guidelines following flurry of flexible work policies

Many law firms now let lawyers work out of the office 50% of the time The Law Society of England and Wales has issued new guidance on articling support in response to the increase in flexible working policies introduced by law firms. The Chancery Lane guidelines, released yesterday, aim to ensure that law firm staff, […]

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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 […]