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Flexibility overtakes pay as top priority for practitioners

Flexibility has overtaken pay as the top priority for practitioners entering the jobs market, according to new research by legal recruitment consultancy, Realm Recruit. As part of its annual market research conducted in June 2021, Realm Recruit surveyed more than 100 practitioners on a number of topics, including jobseeker status, employee engagement, wellbeing and pay. […]Read More

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Consultation could pave the way for APP fraud refunds

A consultation from the Payment Systems Regulator could see legislation introduced forcing banks to refund those affected by authorised push payment (APP) fraud. APP fraud is typically perpetrated by criminals impersonating trusted individuals and organisations in order to trick people into authorising a payment to an account controlled by a criminal. The criminals will send […]Read More

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Too many witness statements “in breach of proper professional standards”

Sir Andrew McFarlane has released memorandums this week warning family law practitioners over the preparation of witness statements and drafting orders. The president of the Family Division said too many witness statements have been prepared ‘in breach of proper professional standards.’ He went on to describe how too many statements were quoting from documents, seeking to […]Read More

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Judge criticises couple over “aggressive” divorce costing £2.3 million

In the judgment of Crowther v Crowther & Ors handed down last week, Mr Justice Peel criticised both parties and their lawyers for a lack of co-operation resulting in “enormous” legal costs. Mr Justice Peel stated that there had been an “almost complete breakdown of constructive communication” between the divorcing husband and wife during proceedings. […]Read More

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Financial penalties where mediation is not “default” choice

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has re-iterated the government’s desire to make mediation a “default” option when it comes to family proceedings by suggesting that parents would face financial penalties for bringing unnecessary claims to court. The thinking is being driven by the view that too many parents are bringing claims to an already overstretched courts […]Read More

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Is your workplace set up to support the 1 in

Following National Fertility Week last week, Fertility Matters at Work is sharing its workplace education and policy programme to raise awareness of fertility issues and their impact in the workplace, supporting organisations in becoming “fertility friendly” – an important topic that relates to mental health, workplace wellness and women’s reproductive health. Fertility Matters at Work […]Read More

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Law Society comments on SRA 21/22 business plan

The Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce has backed the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) 2021-2022 business plan and budget, and reiterated the joint key priorities for the Law Society which include anti-money laundering (AML), diversity, inclusion, technology and innovation,  “We are pleased to see the SRA is prioritising its work and resources on its core regulatory […]Read More

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Judicial review ‘reform’ plans would have ‘chilling’ effect on justice

Judicial review is an essential part of our justice system which keeps government accountable, the Law Society of England and Wales said after giving evidence to the Judicial Review and Courts Bill committee in parliament. “Our primary concern is that changes are being proposed which make life easier for government at the expense of accountability […]Read More

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