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    Practice notes represent our view of good practice in a particular area of law. Following the solution-focused advice will make it easier to account to oversight bodies for your actions.

    Practice notes are not available to download in PDF format. They are regularly updated, as the law evolves, so we advise you to refer back to the website when using a note in your work.

  • Latest advice and practice notes

    Flood risk

    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.

    10 February 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.

    3 February 2016
    Advice

    Residual client balances

    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).

    22 January 2016
    Practice notes

    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.

    14 January 2016
    Practice note

    Raising concerns and whistleblowing - guidance for staff

    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...

    13 January 2016
    Practice note

    Immigration judicial review

    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.

    13 January 2016
    Practice note

    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

    Conflicts of interests in criminal cases

    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.

    13 January 2016
    Practice note

    Updated guidance on how to comply with the EU Directive on Consumer ADR from October 2015

    The Law Society has updated its advice for firms on compliance with UK regulations which transpose the EU ADR Directive.

    12 January 2016
    Advice

    Protection for client accounts

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

    6 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

    Withdrawing from a criminal case

    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.

    21 December 2015
    Practice note

    Criminal plea in absence of sufficient prosecution case information

    This practice note provides information on advising a client on plea in the absence of full disclosure.

    21 December 2015
    Practice note

    Defendants' costs orders

    Solicitors need to inform clients in criminal cases about the changes to the Defendants' Costs Orders regime.

    21 December 2015
    Practice note

    Defence witness notices

    This practice note sets out the new obligations and the ethical considerations solicitors should consider when conducting a case involving defence witnesses.

    21 December 2015
    Practice note

    Communication with prisoners by mobile phone

    This practice note is intended to help you avoid the risk of inadvertently committing or procuring the commission of a criminal offence.

    21 December 2015
    Practice note

    Deregulation Act 2015: tenancy deposit schemes and landlord obligations

    Our new practice note has advice for housing law and property practitioners representing landlords and tenants.

    17 December 2015
    Practice note

    Launch of Help to Buy: ISA scheme - conveyancing solicitors' role

    Unlike previous Help To Buy schemes, conveyancing solicitors will have a direct role in obtaining bonus funds from the government.

    17 December 2015
    Advice

    Statutory defences available to asylum seekers charged with document offences

    Our new practice note has important advice on the statutory defences available to asylum seekers who may be charged with document offences.

    10 December 2015
    Practice note

    SRA Handbook and approved certificate of title

    Approved certificate of title agreed between the Law Society and the Council of Mortgage Lenders to be used from 30 November 2015.

    27 November 2015
    Advice

    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

    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.

    11 November 2015
    Advice

    Equal pay

    This practice note covers the law underpinning the right to equal pay and suggests steps firms should take to address equal pay.

    4 November 2015
    Practice note

    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.

    29 October 2015
    Practice note

    Use of interpreters in criminal cases

    This practice note advises practitioners on the use of interpreters pre-trial in the police station and in court.

    20 October 2015
    Practice note

    The duty provider tender

    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.

    28 September 2015
    Advice

    Continuing competence and continuing professional development

    Our updated practice note explains the transitional arrangements and gives advice on how to get the most from your CPD activities.

    17 September 2015
    Practice note

    Publicising solicitors' charges

    Advice on how solicitors should publicise their charges without breaching the Solicitors Code of Conduct.

    15 September 2015
    Practice notes

    Land Registry: change to documents required for first registration

    From 7 September the Land Registry has changed the documents it requires when a customer applies to register a first registration.

    8 September 2015
    Advice

    Practice Advice Service FAQs - anti-money laundering

    Nick Milner from the Law Society's Practice Advice Service sets out some commonly-raised AML queries.

    2 September 2015
    Advice

    Information on letterheads, emails and websites

    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.

    24 August 2015
    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.

    20 August 2015
    Practice note

    Job seeking

    This practice note gives advice on seeking a job in the legal profession.

    18 August 2015
    Practice note

    Entity-based regulation

    This practice note provides an overview of entity-based regulation for solicitors.

    18 August 2015
    Practice note

    Flexible working

    This practice note offers advice on that right and suggests forms of flexible working that practices may wish to consider.

    14 August 2015
    Practice notes

    Raising concerns and whistleblowing - archive version

    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...

    14 August 2015
    Practice note

    Land Registry practice change: postponement of charges

    Land Registry will treat simple and complex postponements in the same way and accept either a letter or deed when a charge is registered.

    10 August 2015
    Advice

    Lexcel accreditation - key dates affecting an award

    Information on applying for Lexcel, the Law Society's legal practice quality mark.

    30 July 2015
    Advice

    Frequently asked questions about PII

    Our FAQs have been compiled to help solicitors to better understand the complex area of professional indemnity insurance.

    29 July 2015
    Advice

    Meeting the needs of vulnerable clients

    This practice note will assist solicitors in adapting their practices to identify and meet the needs of vulnerable clients.

    2 July 2015
    Practice note

    Outcomes-focused regulation: overview

    This practice note is designed to give firms an overview of outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) and issues for consideration.

    18 June 2015
    Practice note

    Social media

    Advice on using social media to promote your business and the benefits and risks of using social media.

    18 June 2015
    Practice note

    Information on letterheads, emails and websites - archive version

    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.

    18 June 2015
    Practice notes

    What to do when a complaint goes to the Legal Ombudsman

    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.

    4 June 2015
    Practice note

    Litigants in person: new guidelines for lawyers

    Legal organisations have drafted guidelines for lawyers who come up against ordinary people who find themselves in court without legal representation.

    4 June 2015
    Advice

    Outsourcing

    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.

    29 April 2015
    Practice notes

    Holding client funds

    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.

    29 April 2015
    Practice note

    Duty provider contract tender 2015 - additional questions and guidance

    The Law Society has drafted some additional guidance on the crime duty tender in response to a number of questions raised by members.

    24 April 2015
    Advice

    Criminal legal aid tender: advice and support

    The deadline for submitting tender applications is Tuesday 5 May. Read our latest advice and download a template for delivery partnership agreements.

    15 April 2015
    Advice

    Deprivation of liberty: a practical guide

    Read our comprehensive guidance and listen to our podcast on how to identify a deprivation of liberty.

    9 April 2015
    Advice
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