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    Business and human rights

    Robert Bourns discusses modern slavery and how law firms can advise clients on human rights.

    8 August 2016
    Blog

    Join us at Pride in London

    On Saturday 25 June, the Law Society will be leading a group of legal sector representatives at the Pride in London parade.

    25 May 2016
    News

    Human Rights Committee member appointed chair of independent detention monitoring body

    John Wadham - member of the Law Society of England and Wales' human rights committee has been appointed to chair of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM).

    24 May 2016
    News

    Unlawful and arbitrary detention of Turkish lawyers condemned by the Law Society

    A call for urgent action to secure the release of two Turkish lawyers unlawfully and arbitrarily detained was today submitted to the United Nations.

    5 May 2016
    Press release

    Attempts to limit human rights must be opposed

    Law Society president Jonathan Smithers wrote to the Financial Times, regarding the European Convention on Human Rights.

    4 May 2016
    Letter to editor

    Business and human rights

    On 5 April, president of the Law Society Jonathan Smithers delivered a speech during a joint seminar with the French National Bar Council.

    21 April 2016
    Speech

    Anti-terrorism

    This practice note explains how client confidentiality is affected by the failure to disclose offence provisions in the Terrorism Act 2000.

    13 January 2016
    Practice note

    Police interviews involving sign language interpreters

    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.

    21 December 2015
    Practice note

    Law Society calls for statutory protection for legal professional privilege

    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.

    15 December 2015
    News

    Working with transgender employees

    This practice note is designed to help everyone in your firm to work respectfully with transgender people.

    20 November 2015
    Practice note
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