How the right information at the right time can help homebuyers dodge common property pitfalls

Key guidance on buying and selling properties unveiled by the government was yesterday endorsed by the Law Society of England and Wales, as it called for greater transparency in the conveyancing process. “Consumers need to know more about the process for home buying and selling, including and understanding the information they should be looking for,” … Continue reading How the right information at the right time can help homebuyers dodge common property pitfalls

Extend right to manage to all leaseholders, says Law Society

Moves to make it easier for leaseholders to take control of their freeholds through Right to Manage have been broadly welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales, in response to the Law Commission consultation today. The government asked the Law Commission to review right to manage ('RTM') legislation to make it simpler, quicker and more accessible for … Continue reading Extend right to manage to all leaseholders, says Law Society

Left-behind communities out in the cold without publicly funded housing legal advice

More than half local authorities in England and Wales have no publicly funded legal advice for housing, the Law Society said as it published analysis revealing catastrophic ‘legal aid deserts’ across the country. A new interactive map shows the vanishing number of providers in each local authority area - 184 have no such service and … Continue reading Left-behind communities out in the cold without publicly funded housing legal advice

Right to challenge state decisions must be meaningful

The rule of law requires that a person must be able to challenge decisions made about them by the state, the Law Society of England and Wales said following news of legal aid awarded for Shamima Begum to challenge the home secretary’s decision to strip her of her citizenship. “The award of legal aid in … Continue reading Right to challenge state decisions must be meaningful

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