Cross-industry support for the launch of new Freehold Management Enquiries form

Over 14 cross-industry trade and representative bodies, including the Law Society of England and Wales, have come together to create and endorse a new Freehold Management Enquiries (FME1) form. Those involved in the creation of the FME1 form are urging all conveyancers to use this new standardised questionnaire to secure the necessary information if a … Continue reading Cross-industry support for the launch of new Freehold Management Enquiries form

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

Justice in England and Wales on its knees as crisis escalates in the wake of years of neglect

People accused of crimes in England and Wales have a diminishing chance of seeing justice as the criminal justice system slides further into crisis due to years of underfunding and neglect. “The reputation of our justice system - one of England and Wales’ most precious assets - is in great danger at a time when … Continue reading Justice in England and Wales on its knees as crisis escalates in the wake of years of neglect

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