News 2019

News 2019

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  • SRA publishes new rule guidance 12 July, 2019- SRA produces guidance to new Standards and Regulations due to take effect on on November 25th comprising guides and new information sub-site.
  • bar BSB Handbook introduces new Bar transparency rules 3 July, 2019- BSB publishes new transparency rules in a revised edition of its Handbook together with guidance to help the profession comply with the new rules.
  • Women in Law Pledge 30 June, 2019- Law Society, Bar Council and CILEx join together to launch Women in Law Pledge at the Law Society's international symposium on gender equality.
  • Scottish Legal Aid Consultation 28 June, 2019- Scottish Government publishes a consultation on legal aid reform in Scotland
  • LSB announces new Chief Executive 28 May, 2019- Legal Services Board (LSB) has announced the appointment of Matthew Hill as its new Chief Executive.
  • SRA Publishes 2017/18 Review 26 May, 2019- SRA publishes Annual Review. Covering its structure, culture and funding, and reporting on its work over the 2017/18 practising year the Review also outlines the Authority's aspirations for the year ahead.
  • SSDT consults on standard of proof 22 May, 2019- Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal (SSDT) consults on the standard of proof which it applies in professional misconduct cases.
  • SRA review shows firms falling short on anti-money laundering 10 May, 2019- SRA thematic review shows that a significant minority of law firms are not doing enough to prevent money laundering, with some falling seriously short.
  • Lawyers Need to be Online 30 April, 2019- Survey by MMA Digital has revealed that 83% of consumers prefer to deal with law firms online to help keep costs to a minimum
  • Growth in “Irish” Solicitors 29 April, 2019- Solicitors in England and Wales are joining the Irish roll in significant numbers with applications for practising rights at their highest level since the UK voted to leave EU.
  • Increased Clarity for Scottish Solicitors 20 April, 2019- Changes to Law Society of Scotland Practice Rules will provide Scottish solicitors with greater clarity on what is required of them in terms of interaction with the Society and anti-money laundering compliance.
  • SRA Raises Transparency Concerns 7 April, 2019- SRA review raises concerns as to how solicitors offer conveyancing services - including as regards costs and whether they are doing enough to make sure buyers understand any potential contractual obligations.
  • SRA to launch new regulations in November 29 March, 2019- SRA announces that their new regulations, claimed to give solicitors greater flexibility in how they work, will come into effect on 25 November 2019
  • New Freehold Management Enquiries (FME1) form 25 March, 2019- Conveyancers urged to use the new Freehold Management Enquiries (FME1) form developed in conjunction with the Law Society of England and Wales.
  • Firms put on notice for money laundering compliance checks 21 March, 2019- SRA to start carrying out rigorous checks on law firms to make sure they are meeting their anti-money laundering obligations.
  • Scottish Solicitors Opt for Law Society Regulation 13 March, 2019- New independent research published this month has revealed that Scottish solicitors want the Law Society of Scotland to continue to regulate them.
  • Bar Council Advice on Judicial Bullying 27 February, 2019- Bar Council produces guidance for barristers on the problem of being bullied by judges
  • SDLT Payment Times Reduced 24 February, 2019- Time limits for the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) to reduce to 14 days from 1 March 2019
  • Law Society concerned over the LSB’s Handbook decision 18 February, 2019- Law Society concerned about level of scrutiny by LSB of SRA application for changes regulatory arrangements in the ‘Looking to the future’ reform proposals
  • Revised Enforcement Strategy from SRA 12 February, 2019- SRA publishes updated Enforcement Strategy explaining when and how it will take action against a law firm or solicitor.
  • Law Society of Scotland launches reporting concerns line 3 February, 2019- Concerns about Scottish lawyers involved in financial improprieties or money laundering, can now be anonymously reported to the Law Society of Scotland
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