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Home Office and HM Treasury consultation on the action plan for AML and CFT legislative proposals - Law Society response
We have responded to the consultation issued by the Home Office and HM Treasury on the action plan for anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CFT) legislative proposals. Our main focus was on the proposals to change the consent regime and remove the protection from prosecution offered by consent.
AML guidance must be owned by professionals with a practical understanding of the fight against organised crime
We have also responded to the call for information issued by HM Treasury on the AML and CFT supervisory regime. Our main focus was on the need for AML guidance to continue to be owned by the professional bodies due to their unique sector-specific knowledge and expertise.
HM Revenue & Customs have deferred the planned start date for charging VAT on CON29 and CON29O searches.
Our 2015-16 professional indemnity insurance (PII) survey found that the market remains competitive and favourable for firms, with plenty of rated capacity. The new version of our guide to insurers provides information on the participating insurers, their financial security rating and the size of the firm they cover.
McKenzie Friends are not legal professionals and should not be able to recover fees, says the Law Society
Proposals to curtail the ability of 'McKenzie Friends' to recover fees in the wake of a successful court action were today backed by the Law Society, which warned that the Legal Services Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority were wrong to suggest legal aid cuts could be offset by unleashing non-professionals on the courts.
This Q&A asks whether a colleague in another department is able to administer an oath in a litigation matter in which the client needs to swear an affidavit.
Law Society opposes Immigration Tribunal fee increase proposals
We have condemned proposals by the MoJ to increase fees for immigration appeals by around 500 per cent. If implemented, many prospective appellants will be priced out of justice.
LAA extends crime contract deadline
All providers holding a crime contingency contract have until 23:59 on 30 June to accept the Legal Aid Agency's (LAA) offer to extend their contract to 31 March 2017. The current contingency contract is due to expire on 10 January 2017.
Request for expressions of interest for Law Society nominees to the LAA's Contract Review Body
The Contract Review Body's function is defined in the LAA's contracts with legal aid providers, where it forms part of a wider contractual dispute resolution process, leading ultimately to mediation or litigation. It determines contractual disputes mainly relating to contract termination decisions between the LAA and providers and it is, in effect, the final internal decision-making stage.
We welcome the news that ministers will continue to work with professional bodies, which represent the legal profession, over the issue of legal professional privilege (LPP). Chief executive Catherine Dixon met with solicitor general Robert Buckland on Wednesday to discuss how the Law Society can best work with ministers to protect LPP.
The Law Society's Children Law Sub-committee has published a webpage to help solicitors who conduct child cases with an international element. The page provides a starting point for solicitors working on cases where a child has been removed from their home in the UK without the permission of their parent or guardian.
We are welcoming a delegation of Malaysian law firms from 29-30 June. The two-day programme will include roundtable discussions, firm visits, networking lunches and tours of 'Legal London' and The Rolls Building/Commercial Court. There will also be a networking reception at Chancery Lane on the evening of 29 June, to which members are invited.
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