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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 Society has published FAQs providing useful information to solicitors for moving across and complying with the new SRA scheme for continuing competence.
This practice note aims to clarify the position relating to the management of unclaimed client funds, and provides an overview of the requirements imposed upon firms under the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 (SAR).
This practice note outlines the regulatory and legal requirements that apply when a firm's client account has fallen victim to scammers.
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...
This practice note gives advice on how to handle a client's matter in line with the UK Border Agency's new process for reviewing removal decisions.
This practice note explains how client confidentiality is affected by the failure to disclose offence provisions in the Terrorism Act 2000.
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.
The Law Society has updated its advice for firms on compliance with UK regulations which transpose the EU ADR Directive.
This practice note sets out good practise in the event of an authorised deposit taking institution collapse.
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.
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.
This practice note provides information on advising a client on plea in the absence of full disclosure.
Solicitors need to inform clients in criminal cases about the changes to the Defendants' Costs Orders regime.
This practice note sets out the new obligations and the ethical considerations solicitors should consider when conducting a case involving defence witnesses.
This practice note is intended to help you avoid the risk of inadvertently committing or procuring the commission of a criminal offence.
Our new practice note has advice for housing law and property practitioners representing landlords and tenants.
Unlike previous Help To Buy schemes, conveyancing solicitors will have a direct role in obtaining bonus funds from the government.
Our new practice note has important advice on the statutory defences available to asylum seekers who may be charged with document offences.
Approved certificate of title agreed between the Law Society and the Council of Mortgage Lenders to be used from 30 November 2015.
This practice note is designed to help everyone in your firm to work respectfully with transgender people.
The Law Society is recommending that providers of training contracts should pay their trainees £20,276 in London and £18,183 outside of London.
This practice note covers the law underpinning the right to equal pay and suggests steps firms should take to address equal pay.
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.
This practice note advises practitioners on the use of interpreters pre-trial in the police station and in court.
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.
Advice on how solicitors should publicise their charges without breaching the Solicitors Code of Conduct.
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 gives advice on seeking a job in the legal profession.
This practice note provides an overview of entity-based regulation for solicitors.
This practice note offers advice on that right and suggests forms of flexible working that practices may wish to consider.
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.
This practice note is designed to give firms an overview of outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) and issues for consideration.
Advice on using social media to promote your business and the benefits and risks of using social media.
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.
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.
Read our comprehensive guidance and listen to our podcast on how to identify a deprivation of liberty.
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