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The Law Society has prepared potential remedies for criminal firms should they be unsuccessful in relation to all or part of their duty provider tender.
Our updated practice note explains the transitional arrangements and gives advice on how to get the most from your CPD activities.
This practice note advises on how solicitors should their charges without breaching the Solicitors Code of Conduct.
The Law Society has updated its advice for firms on compliance with UK regulations which transpose the EU ADR Directive.
From 7 September the Land Registry has changed the documents it requires when a customer applies to register a first registration.
Nick Milner from the Law Society's Practice Advice Service sets out some commonly-raised AML queries.
This practice note explains the information that you must include in order to comply with the Code of Conduct 2011 requirements, and the steps that you should take to facilitate this.
This practice note has advice on the PII requirements in the current market, how you should apply and how much cover is required.
This practice note outlines the regulatory and legal requirements that apply when a firm's client account has fallen victim to scammers.
This practice note provides an overview of entity-based regulation for solicitors.
This practice note gives advice on seeking a job in the legal profession.
This practice note offers advice on that right and suggests forms of flexible working that practices may wish to consider.
There are professional and regulatory obligations for individuals to raise concerns about their firm's actions in certain situations. This note describes how to foster an environment which encourages transparency and the reporting of concer...
Land Registry will treat simple and complex postponements in the same way and accept either a letter or deed when a charge is registered.
Information on applying for Lexcel, the Law Society's legal practice quality mark.
Our FAQs have been compiled to help solicitors to better understand the complex area of professional indemnity insurance.
This practice note will assist solicitors in adapting their practices to identify and meet the needs of vulnerable clients.
Advice on using social media to promote your business and the benefits and risks of using social media.
This practice note is designed to give firms an overview of outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) and issues for consideration.
Advice on the ombudsman's processes and what you can do to try and resolve the complaint once it has been referred to the ombudsman.
Legal organisations have drafted guidelines for lawyers who come up against ordinary people who find themselves in court without legal representation.
An SRA consultation has proposed that it stops regulating solicitors' firms undertaking consumer credit activities. The consultation closes on 15 December.
Outsourcing is a growing area in legal service delivery. This practice note gives an overview of outsourcing and the regulatory requirements you need to consider.
This practice note aims to clarify the position relating to the retention of client funds, and provides an overview of the requirements imposed upon firms under the Solicitors' Accounts Rules 1998.
The Law Society has drafted some additional guidance on the crime duty tender in response to a number of questions raised by members.
The deadline for submitting tender applications is Tuesday 5 May. Read our latest advice and download a template for delivery partnership agreements.
The act has brought in new transparency provisions, regulation of employment law, and amendments to the Companies Act 2006.
Read our comprehensive guidance and listen to our podcast on how to identify a deprivation of liberty.
This practice note outlines the regulatory requirements for solicitors to consider when closing down your practice.
Here is a selection of typical questions and answers on the sometimes terrifying topic of tipping off compiled by the Practice Advice Service at the Law Society.
The appeal concerned two separate cases that both raised similar confiscation issues under POCA.
This practice note explains the procedure behind offering unbundled - partial retainer - legal services to clients, and offers advice for avoiding some of the risks involved.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence has recently launched a new directory of Mental Capacity Act resources.
An overview of conflict of interests in the SRA's new Handbook. This information on conflict of interests looks very different to that provided in the 2007 Code and, in line with outcomes-focused regulation, there is much less information a...
Whatever the future of legal aid, digital working is the future for the criminal justice system.
HMRC is reviewing the extent to which law firms can act as insurance intermediaries for the purpose of applying the VAT exemption.
This practice note provides advice on good practice for legal practitioners who advise and represent clients at mental health tribunals.
Preparing a will or lifetime gift for a client can be a sensitive area. It is easy for those who receive less than they were expecting to allege improper influence. Your firm should therefore have safeguards in place to protect it from such...
This practice note outlines the environmental liabilities that may arise when dealing with property transactions that involve contaminated land.
Around 5.2m (one-sixth) of properties in England are at risk of flooding. This practice note advises on flood searches and other means of investigation.
The Law Commission's recent report, Rights to Light (2014) Law Com No 356, with accompanying draft legislation, contains recommendations that will improve the law relating to rights to light.
HM Revenue and Customs is giving solicitors the chance to bring their tax affairs up to date on the best terms possible.
A practice note with general guidance on tax matters to help sole practitioners keep their tax affairs in order.
A new offence of participation in organised crime groups' criminal activities aims to tackle those who currently benefit from criminality with little risk of being prosecuted.
This article considers the issues in more detail and aims to provide some clarity for family lawyers in what is still an extremely difficult area of law.
The International Bar Association, the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe and the American Bar Association have jointly issued a new guidance report on anti-money laundering.
The Council of Mortgage Lenders has announced important amendments to the handbook, which will come into force on 1 December 2014.
The IRS has stated that registration applications need to be received by 22 December 2014 in order to be included on the 1 January 2015 FFI list.
HMRC wants to change tax rules surrounding compensation amounts over £1 million. We are liaising with HMRC in order to achieve the best possible outcome for members.
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