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Law Society: UK-Mexico trade talks should lock in legal services

The UK has started its free trade agreement (FTA) talks with Mexico, with solicitors’ leaders hoping negotiators will lock in current legal services market access and increase trade in other sectors. The International Trade Secretary launched negotiations on a new UK-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (FTA) alongside her Mexican counterpart, Tatiana Clouthier, in London last week. […]Read More

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Revised sentencing guidelines for child sexual offences published

Revised sentencing guidelines that clarify how courts in England and Wales should sentence offenders convicted of arranging or facilitating sexual offences against a child were published this week by the Sentencing Council following consultation. Under the revised guidelines, which will come into effect on 31st May 2022, judges and magistrates will consider the intended sexual harm […]Read More

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Domestic violence disclosure scheme guidance

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), often referred to as “Clare’s Law”, was implemented across all police forces in England and Wales in March 2014. It means members of the public can ask the police for information on their partner’s criminal history and therefore know if their partner poses a risk to them. Under the […]Read More

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Law Society: Queen’s Speech response

The Law Society of England and Wales has responded to the Queen’s Speech, which took place on Tuesday, announcing a range of new bills and reforms. Bill of Rights Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: “The Human Rights Act confirms and protects the rights and freedoms of people in the UK and provides robust […]Read More

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Webinar: extra-familial risks and harms, trauma-informed responses, and the implications

Chaired by Lisa Harker, Director of Nuffield Family Justice Observatory Young people’s experiences of extra-familial risks and harms (EFRH) – including exploitation, abuse or criminality – may be both a cause and consequence of trauma. In recognition of this, many children’s social care departments have sought to develop more effective responses to EFRH through developing […]Read More

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Research shows law firms cut marketing budgets

Lawyers slash marketing budgets and headcount in 2021 with outsourcing and digital marketing embraced New research amongst law firms and accountants with more than 15,000 employees reveals that marketing and business development budgets were cut to 2.6% of turnover in 2022 from 3.1% in 2020. For a typical professional services firm with a £20 million […]Read More

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Organ trafficking: world-first report advises on legal responsibilities of medics

A world-first Legal Advisory Report and Policy Guidance just published advises medical institutions and professionals practicing in transplantation medicine on their international legal responsibilities to prevent complicity in organ trafficking and forced organ harvesting – the act of killing a person for their organs. The Legal Advisory Report, published by international human rights law firm, […]Read More

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Firm cuts remote workers’ pay by 20%

London law firm Stephenson Harwood has offered staff the option to work from home permanently – but remote workers will see their pay cut by 20%. According to the BBC, the firm recruited workers from outside London during the pandemic who worked remotely but were paid less. The firm is now offering this remote working […]Read More