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    New family court forms

    HMCTS has introduced five new forms for the family court. New forms FM1, Form B, Form A1, Form A and C100 will come into effect on 8 January.

    4 January 2018

    New solicitor silks appointed

    Five solicitor advocates appointed Queen's Counsel today were singled out for praise by the Law Society of England and Wales.

    21 December 2017
    Press release

    MPs are warned over shared computer logins

    The data protection watchdog has said MPs who share login and password details on government computers could be breaking the law and it is investigating MPs' sharing of computers with interns.

    20 December 2017

    Up-front access to clear information will improve home-buying process

    Making clear and concise information available at the right time could speed up the entire home buying process, the Law Society of England and Wales argued today in response to a consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

    20 December 2017
    Press release

    Negotiations over amendments to the Fourth Money Laundering Directive have reached a conclusion

    Negotiations were unexpectedly concluded on Friday 15 December, signaling possible future changes to the EU’s AML regime.

    20 December 2017

    Upcoming SRA questionnaire - January 2018

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will be issuing a data-collection questionnaire to all firms at the start of next year.

    19 December 2017

    Unnecessary disruption of the legal sector not in national interest

    Robust consumer protection and a competitive legal services market coexist in a justice system that works in the best interests of all, the Law Society of England and Wales said today.

    19 December 2017
    Press release

    We need to avoid both Brexit cliff edges

    Business confidence in the wake of Brexit relies on legal clarity the Law Society of England and Wales cautioned today following the release of the Treasury Select Committee’s report on transitional arrangements for exiting the European Union.

    15 December 2017
    Press release

    SAR Online user guidance

    The National Crime Agency (NCA) has issued its user guidance for SAR Online.

    15 December 2017

    Our campaign for the reintroduction of legal aid for early advice

    Access to justice is a fundamental principle of democratic societies, which shapes much of our work. Whether it is our work supporting pro bono initiatives, or our campaigning on legal aid deserts, we work tirelessly to ensure the justice system is accessible to all.

    13 December 2017
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