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    Westminster weekly update

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    Party conference season begins

    This week, party conference season has begun with the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth (16-19 September). It continues with Labour (Brighton, 24 – 27 September) and Conservative (Manchester, 1 – 4 October). The public affairs team is attending these conferences and running a comprehensive programme of activities.

    19 September 2017

    Planning and environmental legislation update - September 2017

    Read September's planning and environmental law newsletter.

    18 September 2017

    VAT on online property searches

    A First-Tier Tribunal decision has assessed a firm as liable to pay VAT on search fees charged by a third party search agency.

    18 September 2017

    Preliminary notice of council elections 2017

    Preliminary notice is hereby given, in accordance with Bye-Law 49, that elections of members of the Council will shortly be taking place.

    15 September 2017

    Second Reading and vote of EU (Withdrawal) Bill

    Parliament is back from recess for seven sitting days. This week the Second Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will resume. The Labour party has put forward a reasoned amendment expressing concerns about the Bill. These type of amendments do not seek to change the content of the Bill but are motions opposing the Bill, giving reasons why it should not become law. However, even if the amendment passes, the Bill can continue its passage through the House and reach Committee Stage where it can be amended.

    12 September 2017

    Parliamentary brief: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill

    This briefing outlines the views of the Law Society in relation to the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill. It focuses on the parts of the Bill on the regulation of Claims Management Companies (CMCs).

    11 September 2017

    Law Society response to MoJ’s new discount rate policy

    The Law Society has responded to yesterday's announcement by the MoJ.

    8 September 2017
    Press release

    New regime to prevent economic crime prompts new guidance

    A new law to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion has prompted the Law Society to unveil new guidance for solicitors.

    8 September 2017
    Press release

    Solicitors uniquely placed to ensure fair treatment of minority ethnic defendants

    Law Society president Joe Egan responded to David Lammy's review of the treatment of BAME individuals in the criminal justice system.

    8 September 2017
    Press release

    Parliamentary brief: EU (Withdrawal) Bill

    This briefing outlines the views of the Law Society in relation to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and our wider priorities for Brexit.

    7 September 2017
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