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    This practice note is intended to provide practical guidance to members of the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) accreditation scheme in carrying out their duties to clients and to the CoP.

    10 November 2017
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    Criminal prosecutions of victims of trafficking

    This practice note outlines the main provisions of the relevant conventions and protocols and highlights the duty to enquire and, if necessary, investigate further, any credible claim that an individual has been a victim of trafficking.

    2 November 2016
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    Attendance of solicitors at local authority Children Act meetings

    The Law Society's guidance has been sought on the application to local authority Children Act meetings of Outcome 11.01 and Indicative Behaviour 11.4 in the Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct 2011.

    9 August 2016
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    Virtual court first hearings

    This practice note is for criminal solicitors taking instructions and advising at police stations and at Magistrates' Courts where the virtual first hearing system is in use.

    5 April 2016
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    Criminal plea in absence of sufficient prosecution case information

    This practice note provides information on advising a client on plea in the absence of full disclosure.

    21 December 2015
    Practice note

    Communication with prisoners by mobile phone

    This practice note is intended to help you avoid the risk of inadvertently committing or procuring the commission of a criminal offence.

    21 December 2015
    Practice note

    Withdrawing from a criminal case

    Issues arise when you are considering either withdrawing from representing a defendant, or taking on a transferred case, close to or in the course of the trial. This practice note provides advice on managing the process.

    21 December 2015
    Practice note
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