Time to reform rules around leasehold charges

The unforeseen charges faced by some purchasers of leasehold properties could be addressed if developers and estate agents complied with consumer protection regulations by giving information up front, the Law Society of England and Wales said yesterday. “Under consumer protection regulations* key sales information is supposed to be set out at the start of the … Continue reading Time to reform rules around leasehold charges

No deal a good deal for criminals Law Society warns

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in four weeks’ time cross-border criminals will have much to celebrate, the Law Society of England and Wales said today. “When it comes to criminal justice and terrorism we currently operate in a climate of co-operation with the 27 other countries that make up the EU … Continue reading No deal a good deal for criminals Law Society warns

Vulnerable patients at great risk under new laws

300,000 people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s, autism or learning disabilities will see their rights - specifically their right to liberty - stripped back every year by imminent changes to the Mental Capacity Act, the Law Society of England and Wales said as the government prepared to push legislation through its final parliamentary stages (26 … Continue reading Vulnerable patients at great risk under new laws

No-deal Brexit could leave UK’s creative talents unprotected

A no-deal Brexit could undermine protections enjoyed by British inventors, fashion designers and broadcasters, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today. Releasing its latest tranche of advice on the impact of exiting the EU without an agreement, Law Society of England and Wales president Christina Blacklaws said: “Those in the process of applying … Continue reading No-deal Brexit could leave UK’s creative talents unprotected

Realism and justice needed to shape future immigration system

The rule of law depends on an immigration system that is fair and fit for purpose, the Law Society of England and Wales said, following publication of the government’s Immigration White Paper. “Britain’s future immigration system must be as fair, robust and transparent as it is streamlined,” Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said. “The root … Continue reading Realism and justice needed to shape future immigration system

Employment law overhaul takes account of gig economy

Employment law is getting a much-needed overhaul to protect the rights of people working in the gig economy, the Law Society of England and Wales said in response to new legislation announced today. Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: “We called for laws that would prevent workers from being underpaid, overworked or mistreated - measures … Continue reading Employment law overhaul takes account of gig economy

Vital ruling reasserts fundamental principle of client-lawyer confidentiality

The Court of Appeal ensures that clients seeking legal advice when they fear prosecution will have their confidentiality protected. So important a legal principle is the ‘legal professional privilege’ in a client’s communications with their lawyers that the Law Society of England and Wales intervened in the case – The Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural … Continue reading Vital ruling reasserts fundamental principle of client-lawyer confidentiality