The Law Society has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee inquiry into courts and tribunal fees and charges.
The Shadow Justice Secretary appealed for legal representatives to provide evidence of the deteri
The Law Society has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee inquiry into courts and tribunal fees and charges.
The Law Society is concerned that the government is proposing further court fee increases when hikes introduced just six months ago have failed to deliver any tangible improvements in the court service or helped to protect access to justice.
Any move towards choosing new routes for entry to the solicitors' profession must be made following proper consultation with the profession, the Law Society warned today.
Solicitors' role in protecting human rights is key when advising UK companies on their conduct at home and abroad, the Law Society will say today.
The Law Society is delighted that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has chosen to continue to be a designated professional body for the regulation of consumer credit activity.
Unlawful employment practices will continue to go unpunished unless the tribunal system is overhauled, the Law Society has warned today.
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has consulted on proposals to help smaller businesses facing contractual disputes with larger companies.
The brightest stars of the world’s greatest legal profession have been announced by the Law Society today.
In a joint report published today, financial and professional services experts have made recommendations to boost capital markets and attract domestic and international investment in Nigeria.
The voluntary code of recruitment of trainee solicitors (the "Code") has been updated to reflect modern practices.
Employment tribunal cases have fallen by over 60 per cent in the two years since substantial charges were introduced for people wishing to bring a case against an employer, Ministry of Justice statistics reveal.
The Law Society has replaced the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a signatory to the Voluntary Code of Practice for the Recruitment of Trainee Solicitors.
Significant and wide ranging increases in court fees announced by the government yesterday amount to a further assault on access to justice for individuals and small businesses.
The Bank of England has announced its decision to extend the Clearing House Automated Payment System (CHAPS) settlement day from summer 2016.
A landmark ruling on conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) handed down by the Supreme Court today will stop funding arrangements potentially amounting to millions of pounds being re-opened in relation to civil court cases that started before April 2013.
The High Court today ruled that surveillance legislation mandating the mass retention of communications data is illegal.
The Law Society has warned that proposals being developed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to change the way solicitors qualify could damage the global competitiveness of UK law.
The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors to help them meet the needs of vulnerable clients.
Law Society president Andrew Caplen said:
Today marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, an important, and timely opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of the rule of law as the basis of a free, fair and prosperous society.
“Further cuts to legal aid undermine British justice”
Under the Law Society's newly appointed special consultative status at the UN, vice president Jonathan Smithers is speaking at the American Bar Association's (ABA) 'Business and the Bar' business and human rights conference this week.
A surge in the number of people representing themselves in court has prompted legal organisations to draft guidelines for lawyers who come up against people who find themselves in court without legal representation.
Recent changes in legal aid, increases in court and tribunal fees and the limitations of no win, no fee arrangements are making it harder for people to get access to justice and legal help.
Law Society vice president Jonathan Smithers welcomed the new Lord Chancellor as he was sworn in at the Royal Courts of Justice this afternoon
More than 100 judges to pound the streets.
The Law Society has published a practical guide on the law on deprivation of liberty for lawyers and health and social care professionals.
The Law Management Section’s 2014 Financial Benchmarking Survey has just been published. Sponsored by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, and compiled by Hazlewoods LLP, the results are unanimously positive and point to firms having a strong year.
The Law Society has appointed three new committee chairs.
Commenting on the Joint Committee of Human Rights report published today, Law Society president Andrew Caplen said:
The right to communicate with your lawyer without fear of your computer being bugged or your messages intercepted by the security and intelligence services is basic to the functioning of the justice system and the rule of law.
The Law Society tax law committee has denounced HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) plans on tax avoidance as 'premature'.
The Law Society is backing the Justice Committee's call today for a review into changes made to civil legal aid in 2013.
Human rights, technology and private client practice are three new categories in this year's line up for the legal awards ceremony of the year.
Law Society’s 9 year campaign to civilise IP disputes bears fruit.
A young girl left with severe brain damage following a failure to diagnose meningitis, who would not have been able to afford to issue court proceedings under new government proposals, is just one of many case studies solicitors have been sending the Law Society in response to 600 per cent increases in court fees.
Following a survey of solicitors, the Law Society has warned that the government's 600 per cent increases in some civil court fees from April will lead to small business insolvencies and access to justice becoming a preserve of the elite.
The Law Society is not satisfied that amendments to government proposals on direct recovery of debt provide adequate safeguards against HMRC misusing its powers.
Responding to the Home Office consultation on pre-charge bail, the Law Society welcomes proposals to introduce legislation to regulate the use of pre-charge extended bail.
The Law Society has warned that HMRC plans for a new 'Diverted Profits Tax' - often dubbed the 'Google tax' - could go beyond its intended targets and affect the UK's global competitiveness.
Data out today from the Law Society/Legal Monitor City Legal Index shows a further slowdown in the number of deals facilitated by the top 50 City law firms.
The gradual liberalisation of the Korean legal services market under the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement is boosting potential investment. South Korean corporations are increasingly expanding abroad.
The Law Society has raised concerns regarding the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill 2014-2015 ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday 13th January.
Today (Monday 1 September) the Law Society launches its consumer campaign, reminding the public to use a solicitor for legal advice instead of unregulated providers.
The Law Society has submitted evidence to the Modern Slavery Bill Public Committee. While the Society supports plans to address modern slavery, it raised concerns including the lack of adequate safeguarding of survivors of slavery and trafficking.
New August 2014 Law Society forecasts expect the rate of growth in real turnover of the UK legal services sector to continue to increase in 2014 and 2015, with growth in 2015 likely to be near to pre-recession levels.
The Law Society has been granted unprecedented access to the United Nations.
The Law Society has appointed Catherine Dixon as its new chief executive.
The Law Society is asking criminal law practitioners to submit their ideas on improving the criminal court process, to support their work on a reference group reviewing the efficiency of criminal proceedings .
In response to the Legal Aid Agency's e-notification on the crime duty tender process (extract copied below for information), the Law Society has issued the following statement:
Proposals from HMRC to take money direct from taxpayers' bank accounts - without going through the courts - have been branded 'regressive and draconian' by the Law Society.
Law Society president Andrew Caplen has called for legal aid to be exempt from the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013.
In a surprise move, the master of the rolls (MR) has today rejected recommendations to amend the Guideline Hourly Rates payable to solicitors.
Hampshire solicitor Andrew Caplen took office as the 170th president of the Law Society during today's annual general meeting.
The Law Society Council has voted to continue to do all in its power to assist criminal law solicitors. The Law Society's governing council met today to consider a request from the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) and the Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) for financial support for a judicial review challenging aspects of the consultation process on the Transforming Legal Aid: Next Steps proposals.
Almost two out of three Britons have not made a will and risk leaving a financial nightmare for family members when they die, warns the Law Society.
The Law Society is urging firms to be vigilant to cyber attacks following reports that the cost of information security breaches has almost doubled over the last year.
The latest Annual Statistics Report from the Law Society reveals the first fall in the number of practising solicitors in over 20 years.
The EU Court of Justice has today dismissed the UK government's legal challenge to the use of enhanced co-operation to create a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).
Gary Richards, chair of the Law Society's Tax Law Committee, said:
The Law Society has responded to news that the Prime Minister's brother, Alexander Cameron QC, has argued in court that a complex fraud trial should not go ahead because the defendants are inadequately represented due to cuts in legal aid.
Law Society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson said:
The Law Society has today launched the first half of a major survey on legal expenses insurance, in response to consistent feedback about harmful insurer practices affecting consumers, including restricting people's rights to choose their own solicitor.
Economic confidence, improving legislation and embedding sustainability will be the topics of discussion at the first in a series of free 'Question Time with the Professions' debates with European Parliament candidates in advance of the elections on 22 May.
The benefits of speeding up the way that the family law courts work from Tuesday 22 April 2014 will be undermined by cuts to civil legal aid, the Law Society said today.
The Law Society's annual survey of solicitors' experiences of professional indemnity insurance (PII) renewal reveals that despite a difficult renewal experience for firms of all sizes, the vast majority of firms were able to renew their insurance last October.
The Law Society has published a practice note on the use of cloud computing services in law firms.
Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said:
The Law Society is concerned that a European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling, which found in favour of Turkish authorities recording meetings between a client and his lawyers, could have far-reaching implications for the confidentiality of the lawyer-client relationship.
The Law Society has responded to the government's consultation on the introduction of a Land Registry service delivery company, warning that the proposals could undermine the integrity of the register.
In response to yesterday's budget, Gary Richards, chair of the Law Society Tax Law Committee, said:
The gender pay gap for the solicitors' profession has increased, with women's salaries on average 30 per cent lower across all areas of private practice during 2013.
Women's talents woefully underused in legal profession
Today the Ministry of Justice announced its decision to go ahead with cuts to criminal legal aid and to reorganise the contractual arrangements in the criminal legal aid sector.
Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said:
Five solicitors have been appointed to the Queen's Counsel as the list of 100 new appointments was released by the independent selection panel today.
Tomorrow (Tuesday 18 February), the Economic and Financial Affairs Council will discuss the proposal for an EU11 Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).
The Law Society has accredited the first group of law firms to its new Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS).
In summer 2013, the Law Society consulted on proposed changes to the CON 29 and CON 29O forms. These forms are used by conveyancing solicitors to request information about matters affecting a property, such as pending planning or building applications, nearby transport schemes and rights of way.
Criminal legal aid - roundtable with the Ministry of Justice
Responding to an article in the West Sussex Gazette, Law Society president Nicholas Fluck said:
The Law Society's Banking Reform Working Group questions the need for new EU proposals on structural banking reform before the raft of new rules already brought in to regulate banks have had chance to settle in and take full effect.
Those responsible for recruitment in the legal profession should resist the urge to recruit only in their own image, says the Law Society.
The Law Society's Human Rights Committee has urged the Ugandan government to select a new chief justice following the unconstitutional reappointment of the Honourable Justice Benjamin Joseph Odoki, who last year reached the mandated retiring age of 70.
The Law Management Section's annual Financial Benchmarking survey has revealed that law firms across the country have generally experienced increases in profitability but points to a need for firms to refocus on ensuring their long-term financial stability.
Last night, after a lengthy campaign by the Law Society to change the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, the House of Lords finally passed an amendment to stop plans that would have prevented organisations from speaking out before a general election.
New research into legal aid expenditure forecasts, commissioned by the Law Society, the Criminal Law Solicitors Association, the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association, the Legal Aid Practitioners Group and the Big Firms Group and carried out by Oxford Economics, shows that the Ministry of Justice could stand to make two thirds of its £120m savings being demanded from the work carried out by solicitors and barristers in the criminal legal aid system without implementing the proposed cuts, which fundamentally threaten the sustainability of the criminal justice system
The Law Society today announced its campaigning priorities for the first quarter of 2014.
The Law Society's Human Rights Committee has condemned a deadly missile attack on Camp Liberty in Baghdad, which has killed three residents and left 70 wounded.
Law Society president statement of support for Syrian human rights lawyer Razan Zeitouneh
The Law Society welcomes the BIS Select Committee report on the government's draft Consumer Rights Bill. It is a thorough analysis of the draft proposals and outlines a number of the ongoing challenges the draft Bill faces in terms of trying to ensure the new law is as clear and simple as possible and can act as a better facilitator for business-to-consumer transactions.
The Lord Chancellor has announced that property investors from overseas will be subject to the same capital gains tax regime as UK residents.
Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka's capital this week, the Law Society of England and Wales supports demands for an independent investigation into alleged war crimes and ongoing human rights abuses.
Law Society president Nicholas Fluck said:
Law Society response to Ministry of Justice consultation: Transforming Legal Aid: Next Steps
Stephen Denyer has been appointed as head of City and International at the Law Society.
A new standardised procedure for buying and selling flats will make property transactions much easier, the Law Society has said.
Commenting on the Home Affairs Committee's report into the UK asylum system, Law Society director of Legal Policy Mark Stobbs said:
The Law Society has warned the House of Commons Justice Select Committee about the damages that proposed changes to fees for criminal legal aid may cause. The Society has told MPs that the Ministry of Justice's proposed fee cuts pose 'significant risks' to the stability of the criminal justice system.
the Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, and the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, have today formally welcomed the launch of the Global Law Summit, which will be held in London in February 2015.
There is a 'depressing' lack of awareness about the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) according to the Law Society of England and Wales.
The government has today published a modified set of reform proposals for the procurement of criminal legal aid following agreement with the Law Society.
Earlier today the Ministry of Justice published a substantially revised set of proposals for reforming the procurement of criminal legal aid for public consultation.
The Law Society has set out its vision for the regulation of the profession in response to the Ministry of Justice's call for evidence.
The Law Society has today unveiled a new direct route to professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover for small solicitor firms.
In a recent consultation, Law Society members did not support a proposal to create a self-contained Council constituency boundary structure for Wales.
A practitioners' advisory group has been set up to inform the future work of the Law Society of England and Wales on business and human rights issues, including advice and guidance aimed at the legal profession.
The Law Society of England and Wales has reacted strongly to government proposals to review the legitimacy of limited liability partnerships (LLPs) used by thousands of UK businesses.
Celebrity divorces are giving ordinary couples an unrealistic view on what to expect when separating, warns the Law Society.
A report by the University of Bristol has recommended guidance and training for lawyers to better understand the needs of clients with learning difficulties.
UK businesses are set to benefit from amendments to the Intellectual Property Bill, according to the Law Society of England and Wales.
Personal injury victims who suffered brain damage as a result of their accident should ensure they seek the advice of a specialist personal injury solicitor who is experienced in the specific challenges their claims can bring.
Lincolnshire lawyer Nicholas Fluck has been inaugurated as the Law Society's president during today's annual general meeting.
Peters & Peters has become the 350th law firm to sign up to the Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter, a public commitment by legal practices to promote diversity, equality and inclusion throughout their business.
The Law Society has warned that opting-out of EU police and crime cooperation measures may jeopardise the UK's ability to effectively fight cross-border crime and reduce the rights of suspects and victims.
Responding today to the government's announcement on Britain's 'opt-out', Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said:
New criminal sanctions targeting reckless misconduct by senior bankers will not help to promote economic growth or guarantee a systemic improvement in banking standards, warns the Law Society of England and Wales.
The Law Society has published a dedicated buyers’ guide to professional indemnity insurance (PII) in order to help solicitors navigate the market and make an informed choice when renewing their PII cover.
The Law Society has criticised a report by the Legal Services Consumer Panel which suggests that there should be a single compensation fund for all legal service providers.
The Law Society welcomed today’s acknowledgement by Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling of the value of maintaining client choice of solicitor for legally aided defendants, following a meeting between the Law Society President and the Lord Chancellor.
The Law Society represents all 116,000 solicitors in England and Wales and our key priorities are: representing the interests of solicitors and the profession; supporting solicitors to help them deliver a good service and achieve the standards expected of them; and influencing law reform to help establish a better justice system with equal access for all.