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    Price and service transparency Q&A

    We highlight some of the key questions regarding our price and service transparency toolkit which helps clients to make informed decisions about legal services that best meet their needs.

    18 July 2017
    Advice

    Quick guide to the Money Laundering Regulations 2017

    A brief overview of the key issues to be aware of and the changes to implement to comply with the regulations.

    11 July 2017
    Advice

    Solicitors qualifying examination (SQE) and the new SRA regulations consultation – Law Society briefing

    The briefing sets out a broad summary of the SQE for members and describes key points in the SRA's latest consultation.

    4 July 2017
    Advice

    Anti-money laundering

    We are currently updating the AML practice note to reflect the changing regulations

    23 June 2017
    Practice note

    Rejecting un-remunerative publicly funded criminal work

    Get help in identifying circumstances which may warrant a refusal to undertake legal aid work.

    1 June 2017
    Practice note

    Acting in the absence of a children's guardian

    What you should do if a court appoints you to represent children in proceedings where there are delays in allocating a guardian.

    15 May 2017
    Practice note

    AML frequently asked questions

    Recent questions to the Practice Advice Service on the role of the Money Laundering Reporting Officer and due diligence dilemmas.

    9 May 2017
    Q&A

    Representing clients at section 2 CJA interviews

    The purpose of this practice note is to alert you to the new guidance in relation to the CPRs and its implications for practice.

    4 May 2017
    Practice note

    Making gifts of assets

    This practice note advises on dealing with a client who intends to gift their assets.

    28 March 2017
    Practice note

    Who owns the file?

    This practice note provides guidance on which parts of the file are owned by the client and which are owned by the solicitor. This information is subject to there being no different contractual arrangement with the client.

    21 March 2017
    Practice note

    Protection for client accounts

    This practice note sets out good practise in the event of an authorised deposit taking institution collapse.

    1 March 2017
    Practice note

    Access and disclosure of an incapacitated person’s will

    This practice note clarifies when a solicitor can disclose a copy of a client’s will where the client has lost mental capacity.

    1 March 2017
    Practice note

    Legal professional privilege

    This practice note clarifies the status of LPP, explores recent concerns about how the right has been asserted, summarises practitioners’ duties and clarifies the main principles of LPP.

    23 February 2017
    Practice note

    Appointment of a professional executor

    This practice note provides advice on meeting the requirements for providing clients with sufficient information to make an informed decision about the appointment of an executor.

    9 February 2017
    Practice note

    Protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam

    This practice note outlines the regulatory and legal requirements that apply when a firm's client account has fallen victim to scammers.

    20 December 2016
    Practice note

    Insolvency of a participating insurer

    This practice note details how firms can act if their participating insurer becomes insolvent.

    20 December 2016
    Practice note

    Business and Human Rights Guide

    Our new guide on business and human rights is a useful resource for legal practitioners

    9 December 2016
    Advice

    Price and service transparency toolkit

    Our toolkit provides information and resources to help you inform clients on price and service transparency.

    7 December 2016
    Advice

    Modern Slavery Act and Section 54

    This practice note is intended to help solicitors comply with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 by providing practical advice and highlighting examples of good practice.

    6 December 2016
    Practice note

    Continuing Competence Guidance - FAQs

    The Law Society has published FAQs providing useful information to solicitors for moving across and complying with the new SRA scheme for continuing competence.

    2 December 2016
    Advice

    Court duty scheme for private law family clients

    This practice note aims to provide information for practitioners on managing the professional risks involved in providing advice through a court duty scheme.

    17 November 2016
    Practice note

    Recommended minimum salary for trainee solicitors

    The Law Society is recommending that providers of training contracts should pay their trainees £20,276 in London and £18,183 outside of London.

    15 November 2016
    Advice

    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
    Practice note

    Provision of Services Regulations 2009

    This practice note advises on a new EU services directive that obliges solicitors to provide clients with information on their services over and above the requirements set out in the SRA Handbook.

    19 October 2016
    Practice note

    Collecting, reporting and publishing diversity data

    Practice note on managing SRA requirements for measuring levels of diversity and social mobility in the legal workforce.

    3 October 2016
    Practice note

    Client care information

    This practice note provides examples of how you can communicate all of the information required to your clients in a clear and effective manner.

    5 September 2016
    Practice note

    Termination of training

    Having your training contract terminated is a difficult situation to be in and you need to know what to do next.

    1 September 2016
    Information

    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
    Practice note

    Law Society interest rate

    Details of the Law Society interest rate as referred to in the Standard Conditions of Sale.

    5 August 2016
    Advice

    Reorganising your business: Employment law implications

    This note will help owners of firms to familiarise themselves with some of the key concepts related to reorganisation.

    25 July 2016
    Practice note

    Execution of a document using an electronic signature

    This practice note has been developed to help parties (and their legal advisers) who wish to execute commercial contracts using an electronic signature.

    21 July 2016
    Practice note

    Professional indemnity insurance

    This practice note has advice on the PII requirements in the current market, how you should apply and how much cover is required.

    18 July 2016
    Practice note

    Estate administration: banking protocols

    This practice note is relevant to any solicitor involved in the administration of estates.

    14 July 2016
    Practice note

    Trust corporations

    This note summarises what a trust corporation is, the requirements for its creation and a number of other matters.

    20 June 2016
    Practice note

    Data protection

    The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) regulates the processing of information relating to individuals. Solicitors must comply with the DPA. Failure to do so may constitute a criminal offence. This practice note sets out how solicitors can comp...

    16 June 2016
    Practice note

    Powers of attorney for banking

    This practice note provides information about the different powers of attorney that can be used when dealing with a banking institution, to avoid difficulties in evidencing your authority to act on behalf of a donor.

    15 June 2016
    Practice note

    PII retirement calculator

    This calculator is designed to assist solicitors to work out an indicative figure that should be saved each year as part of their retirement planning to prepare for the likely cost of run-off cover under their minimum terms and conditions (...

    15 June 2016
    Advice

    Consumer credit regulation

    On 1 April 2014 consumer credit activity became a mainstream financial services activity regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Both the group licensing regime and standard consumer credit licences were abolished.

    15 June 2016
    Practice note

    Semi-automated online services

    This practice note looks at the risks for firms and their duties to clients that arise from delivering legal services electronically and online.

    8 June 2016
    Practice note

    Lasting powers of attorney

    This practice note assists solicitors in advising clients regarding lasting powers of attorney.

    7 June 2016
    Practice note

    Representation before mental health tribunals

    This practice note provides advice on good practice for legal practitioners who advise and represent clients at mental health tribunals.

    27 May 2016
    Practice note

    Compliance officers

    The Legal Services Act 2007 requires that a head of legal practice and head of finance and administration are appointed in each ABS. The roles are termed compliance officer for legal practice and compliance officer for finance and administr...

    22 April 2016
    Practice notes

    Contaminated land

    This practice note outlines the environmental liabilities that may arise when dealing with property transactions that involve contaminated land.

    13 April 2016
    Practice note

    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
    Practice note

    Unbundling civil legal services

    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.

    4 April 2016
    Practice note

    Implementing whistleblowing arrangements

    This practice note is based on a former practice note called 'Raising concerns and whistleblowing'.

    24 March 2016
    Practice note

    Closing down your practice: regulatory requirements

    This practice note outlines the regulatory requirements for solicitors to consider when closing down your practice.

    22 March 2016
    Practice note

    Setting up a practice: regulatory requirements

    This practice note outlines the regulatory requirements to consider when setting up your practice.

    21 March 2016
    Practice notes

    The EU Transparency Register

    The purpose of this practice note is to alert you to the new guidance in relation to the CPRs and its implications for practice.

    15 March 2016
    Practice note

    Fiduciary roles and retirement or departure from practice by a private client practitioner

    This practice note aims to assist firms to address the issues that arise when a solicitor, who has held fiduciary roles, retires or departs from a practice.

    14 March 2016
    Practice note
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