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    National Risk Assessment

    On 26 October, the UK published its second National Risk Assessment of anti-money laundering risk exposure across various services sectors.

    13 December 2017

    Money Laundering Regulations 2017 and policy update

    The new Money Laundering Regulations 2017 have brought about several significant changes to how legal practitioners should comply with their anti-money laundering (AML) obligations.

    13 December 2017

    UK Sanctions Regime

    The EU Financial Sanctions Regulations 2017 impose new obligations on independent legal professionals.

    13 December 2017

    Solicitor Judges Division events

    We give information on upcoming events in 2017/18.

    13 December 2017

    Oral justice questions and Brexit

    Last week saw the Lord Chancellor and his ministerial team face questions in the House of Commons on a range of issues. Early legal advice was raised numerous times during the session following the launch in October 2017 of the Law Society’s campaign to restore legal aid for early advice in housing and family cases.

    12 December 2017

    UK-EU breakthrough – now the hard work really begins

    News the starting pistol can now be fired on the process to forge a new relationship with the EU was today welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales.

    8 December 2017
    Press release

    Market flexibility must not be at expense of consumer protections

    Changes to the rulebook governing solicitors could put consumers at risk and undermine trust in legal services, the Law Society of England and Wales said today as it urged the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to have an 11th hour change of heart.

    7 December 2017
    Press release

    Updated guidance on legal expenses insurance

    The Financial Ombudsman Service has updated their online technical guidance in relation to legal expenses insurance and freedom of choice.

    7 December 2017

    New Law Society Board Chair announced

    The review of governance of the Law Society of England and Wales took a step forward today after the organisation’s governing council approved the appointment of Robert Bourns as chair of the new board following a wide-ranging recruitment process.

    7 December 2017
    Press release

    One size does not fit all legal services consumers, new research shows

    Enforced publication of reams of information about legal services may hamper and not help consumers as they seek to make an informed choice about instructing a solicitor.

    6 December 2017
    Press release
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