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

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

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

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

Shake up of legal services not backed by evidence

Widespread concerns about deregulation of the solicitor profession must be taken into account and new rules rejected by the oversight regulator, the Law Society of England and Wales said today as the Legal Services Board (LSB) considers proposals to create different tiers of solicitors and reduce consumer protections. Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: "The … Continue reading Shake up of legal services not backed by evidence