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9 June 2016

Anti-money laundering updates

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.
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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.
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Read the full response

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Relaunch of our Clinical Negligence Accreditation

We have been undertaking a review of our Clinical Negligence Accreditation and the scheme was relaunched on 3 June. The key objective of the review was to ensure that our accreditation remains a robust quality mark awarded to practitioners who specialise in clinical negligence, providing clients with the confidence that their case is being managed by a solicitor with the necessary experience and skill.

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Deferred date for VAT on CON29 searches

HM Revenue & Customs have deferred the planned start date for charging VAT on CON29 and CON29O searches.
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PII guide to insurers updated

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.
Download the guide to insurers (version 18)
Download the PII survey

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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.
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Read more in the Gazette

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New Practice Advice Service Q&A on litigants in person

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.
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Legal aid updates

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.
Read the MoJ consultation
Read our response

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.
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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.
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Government vows to look again at confidentiality of solicitor-client communications

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.
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Blog: Emotional resilience - escaping low self-esteem

In the third instalment on emotional health for solicitors, Julian Hall takes a look at the relationship between emotional resilience and self-esteem.

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New webpage for child cases with an international element

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.
Find out more on the Family Section website

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Incoming visit from Malaysian law firms

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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Deprivation of Liberty

This book for health and social care professionals and solicitors presents recent guidance on the deprivation of liberty from a variety of sources. It is designed to help professionals to understand and apply the legislation and case law in order to assess whether or not a person is likely to be deprived of their liberty.

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Deprivation of Liberty

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Training and events

European capital markets - 5 CPD hours

Hosted by world-class experts in capital markets, the event will offer an unmissable day of varied conference sessions and interactive panel discussions on European regulation, cross-border dispute settlement and financial markets regulation. The timing of the event will enable participants to explore the direction of European capital markets in a post-EU referendum environment.
Book now - 28 June (early-bird booking fees before 17 June)
Discounted rates for Section members

Data protection seminar: Preparing for the new regime (Leeds) - 3 CPD hours

Expert speakers will provide you with an overview of the General Data Protection Regulation and highlight some of the key issues you should be thinking about as we enter a transitional phase between the existing data protection regime and the new EU framework. Get up to speed with the changes and what this will mean for you and your firm with our comprehensive seminar.
Book now - 7 July (early-bird booking before 10 June)
Discounted rates for Section members

National property law Conference - 5.25 CPD hours

This year's conference will keep you on top of radically changing markets and practice. Join expert speakers and facilitators for a detailed examination of hot topics for property practitioners, including a regulatory update, practical analysis of the property market and economy, separate residential and commercial conveyancing sessions, and three concurrent workshops.
Book now - 7 October
Discounted rate for Property Section members - find out more




Cybersecurity encryption (Small Firms Division) - 1 CPD hour

Cybersecurity is a crucial issue for firms to address. This free webinar will explain best practice in defending your organisation and common mistakes made by law firms that lead to cyber-attacks. Our expert speakers will provide you with practical guidance on keeping your firm safe.
Book now - 17 June

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