Britain’s legal sector set for significant slowdown in event of no-deal Brexit

Britain – Europe’s biggest international provider of legal services and number two in the world – could take a £3.5bn hit from a no deal Brexit, solicitors' leaders warned yesterday. “According to our estimates, the volume of work in legal services would be down £3.5bn* – nearly 10% lower than under an orderly Brexit,” said … Continue reading Britain’s legal sector set for significant slowdown in event of no-deal Brexit

New solicitors’ protocol for property transactions

The 2019 edition of the Law Society Conveyancing Protocol is out, with details on best practice in residential conveyancing transactions of freehold and leasehold property. “The protocol is a tool which helps conveyancing solicitors to achieve most effectively the transfer of residential property. It aims to provide consistency across transactions and improve efficiency,” said Simon … Continue reading New solicitors’ protocol for property transactions

New leasehold information rules a big victory for consumers

The endorsement by ministers of proposals to give consumers significantly more information early in the home buying process was today given a partial welcome by the Law Society of England and Wales. “It is encouraging to see government has recognised just how much easier it will be for consumers to make informed decisions if full … Continue reading New leasehold information rules a big victory for consumers

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