Month: July 2021

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Law firms in SRA firing line over AML failures

The fines levied by the SRA on 13 firms in recent weeks continue to demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding around responsibilities when it comes to the money laundering regulations. The firms in question had failed to comply with their procedural responsibilities to provide their firm-wide AML risk assessment and delayed their AML declarations. In […]Read More

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Report on the future of Legal Aid released

The House of Commons Justice Committee has published published its latest report on the Future of Legal Aid In its latest report, the Justice Committee discusses the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) removal of private family law from the scope of legal aid and highlights the importance of early legal […]Read More

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1 in 5 spy on partner during divorce

Whilst complex and sophisticated cybercrime stories continue to make all the headlines on personal data theft, experts warn that the risks to our personal privacy are often much closer to home. In fact, right inside our home. The risk of becoming a victim of covert eavesdropping increases at certain times too, particularly when timely information […]Read More

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CMA to get new powers of enforcement

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced a major shake-up of the Competition and Markets Authority’s powers.  The CMA has been instrumental in the drive toward greater pricing transparency for consumers and more recently has intervened in the leasehold ground rents scandal that has resulted in Aviva and Persimmon Homes announcing they would remove certain terms […]Read More

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23% increase in solicitors over the last 10 years

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has published its annual reports on its operational work during 2019/20. The reports cover areas such as its regulatory role, preventing money laundering, and enforcement. Key facts highlighted within these reports include: 23% increase in the number of solicitors who hold a practicing certificate in the last decade £10.4 million […]Read More

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Improve information for consumers says LSB

The Legal Services Board has published a response to the submissions it received to its discussion paper on quality indicators. Published in February 2021, the paper prompted a wide-ranging debate over what quality means in the legal services market and how best to convey this to consumers. The response document concludes that there is still […]Read More

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Seven more firms fined for AML failures

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued fines to seven practices that have failed to comply with anti-money laundering (AML) requirements. The firms affected are Manchester practice Law Together LLP, Telford-based Picasso Legal Limited, Smooth Law Limited in St Helens, Manchester practice AB Corporate LLP, Devon firm Hole & Pugsley, Crawford & Company Legal Services Limited […]Read More

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£320m funding for bereaved families announced

Draft plans brought forward have proposed that co-habiting couples with children could become eligible for bereavement support in the event of their spouse’s death. Department for Work and Pensions minister, Baroness Stedman-Scott will set out plans to extend bereavement support to cohabiting couples with children. Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Support Payments will be extended […]Read More

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Urgent action needed to challenge continuing lack of diversity in

Just 1% of England and Wales’s judiciary is Black – a figure that hasn’t shifted since 2014 despite an increasingly diverse pool of applicants, according to official figures. Across all appointment rounds for legal judicial positions in 2018-2021, Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates together constituted 23% of applications but only 12% of recommendations for […]Read More

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