News and advice for solicitor advocates from the Law Society on civil, family and criminal advocacy issues.
This practice note concerns the particular way in which criminal defence solicitors need to consider the avoidance of conflicts of interest when considering whether it is appropriate to act for more than one suspect or defendant.
This practice note explains how client confidentiality is affected by the failure to disclose offence provisions in the Terrorism Act 2000.
This practice note is intended to help you avoid the risk of inadvertently committing or procuring the commission of a criminal offence.
This practice note provides information on advising a client on plea in the absence of full disclosure.
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.
PACE requires that police interviews with suspects are recorded. You must ensure that interviews with clients who require a sign language interpreter are video recorded. This practice provides advice on how to meet the requirement.
This practice note sets out the new obligations and the ethical considerations solicitors should consider when conducting a case involving defence witnesses.
Solicitors need to inform clients in criminal cases about the changes to the Defendants' Costs Orders regime.
Rollout at all Crown court sites will take place from 5 January 2016.
The Law Society has again called for explicit statutory protection for legal professional privilege in its evidence to the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee.
Our new practice note has important advice on the statutory defences available to asylum seekers who may be charged with document offences.
Lord chancellor Michael Gove announced today that the Ministry of Justice is scrapping the criminal courts charge.
The Law Society is strongly opposed to a suggestion that instructing an in-house advocate represents a conflict of interest.
Clients should be able to choose which lawyer they want to represent them in court, the Law Society said today.
The Law Society has responded to a Home Office consultation on a revised code of practice on extradition.
The Law Society is calling on members to oppose any restriction on the use of in-house advocates.
This practice note advises practitioners on the use of interpreters pre-trial in the police station and in court.
The Law Society has responded to the Ministry of Justice proposals to close 91 courts and tribunals in England and Wales.
Our consultation response reflects solicitors' views on the likely adverse impact of the proposed closures.
The Law Society has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee inquiry into courts and tribunal fees and charges.
A round up of money laundering in the local and national news
Find out how you can lobby your MP over government proposals to close 91 courts and tribunals. Our campaigner pack includes a template letter.
How will government proposals to close 91 courts affect you and your clients? View our interactive map.
The Law Society has published its response to the Sentencing Council's consultation on proposals to update the definitive allocation guideline.
The Law Society has published its response to the MoJ consultation on changes to the Victims’ Code.
The letter expresses grave concerns over the recent change in policy imposing criminal courts charges on those convicted of criminal offences.
Following the disappointing rejection by the Court of Appeal of our legal challenge to the crime duty tender process, the LAA has today re-opened the tender for crime duty work provider contracts.
The Law Society has published its response to draft CPS guidance for prosecutors on speaking to witnesses at court.
Whatever the future of legal aid, digital working is the future for the criminal justice system.
Law Society president Andrew Caplen said:'Permission to appeal has been granted and our legal fight continues.'
The Transforming Summary Justice programme will be implemented in magistrates' courts throughout England and Wales over the coming months
We welcome proposals to introduce legislation to regulate the use of pre-charge extended bail.
President of the Queen's Bench Division Sir Brian Leveson has published his review of criminal justice efficiency.
The Law Society has sought a judicial review of the attorney general's decision to launch a criminal legal aid duty contracts tender. This is taking place on 15, 16 and 19 January. Read our detailed grounds and our skeleton argument.
The decision marks a victory for the Law Society and other campaigners.
Watch the video of our first legal aid roadshow. Richard Miller, head of legal aid, talks about what is likely to happen over the next few months.
Criminal defence lawyers are invited to share their experiences of on pre-trial detention in England and Wales.
Since its launch on 1 September, our consumer campaign - Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor - has promoted the value of using a solicitor to members of the public and owners of SMEs.
The Law Society has called on parliament to opt back into the European Arrest Warrant, to ensure justice for UK citizens.
Letter to the Telegraph warning that MPs must opt in to the European Arrest Warrant as there is 'no credible alternative'.
The Law Society has this week put forward a number of recommendations to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system.
Read our recommendations to improve the efficiency of criminal proceedings.
The Bar Council, the Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have today called for Peers to urgently amend Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in the House of Lords this week.
A letter to the Sunday Times about Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which will restrict access to judicial review to everyone, particularly the poorest.
Following lobbying by the Law Society's money laundering task force, the Home Office has accepted that the offence of participation in an organised crime group was drafted too broadly.
The Law Society has welcomed an announcement from the home secretary that limits could be put on the length of time a suspect is allowed to be held on bail.
The Serious Crime Bill 2014-15 was introduced by the government in the House of Lords on 5 June 2014.
Builders, postmen and cash hidden alongside Cornish pasties feature in this month's cases of launderers in the news.
Details on how to report problems with using digital equipment in courts or prisons.
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