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Safe from harm

12 April 2018

Law firms are an increasingly attractive target for cybercriminals – and private client solicitors, who often hold data on high-net-worth clients, are obvious prey. Robert Rutherford explains how you can stay safe, and remain one step ahead of the scammers

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SRA Handbook reforms Q&A: What could it mean?

3 April 2018

You may have heard that the SRA is proposing sweeping changes to the Handbook, which the Law Society believes could seriously damage the reputation of the profession. Here, Law Society policy adviser Marzena Lipman looks at the specific proposals which would allow solicitors to carry out non-reserved legal services from unregulated entities, and their potential impact on both solicitors and clients.

All Residential Property

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Brain trust

19 September 2017

Lesley King provides an update on recent developments in private client law

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Professional attorney guidance published

3 March 2017

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has published guidance for professionals who are appointed to act as an individual’s attorney under a lasting power of attorney. 

All Family and Relationships

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Be reasonable: estate admin fees and financial provision for cohabitantsSubscription

12 April 2018

This month, Roman Kubiak looks at a case where beneficiaries of an estate challenged the reasonableness of fees incurred by executors in instructing two different firms, and a recent claim by an elderly cohabitee for reasonable financial provision who was awarded an outright transfer of property and capital lump sum.

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Don't get in the red

7 November 2017

Richard Dew explains the complexities of administrating insolvent estates

All Estate Administration

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LPA refund scheme: precedent letter available for downloadSubscription

21 February 2018

The Ministry of Justice has launched a scheme to refund those who may have paid more than they should for applying to register powers of attorney. The Private Client Section has prepared a precedent letter that members can send to their clients informing them of the scheme and the steps they can take to obtain a refund.

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Ministry of Justice launches power of attorney fee refund scheme

16 February 2018

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched a scheme to refund those who may have paid more than they should for applying to register powers of attorney.

All Benefits and Allowances

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Law Commission's consultation on technical issues in charity law

18 November 2016

The Law Society has responded to the Law Commission’s consultation on technical issues in charity law.

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Give to receive

15 November 2016

Whether through ad hoc charitable donations or a strategic programme of philanthropy, clients in Britain have a long history of ‘giving back’. Alana Petraske and Christopher Groves look at the options, and the tax reliefs available

All Charities

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Private Client Section renewals

The Private Client Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current< Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Advisory Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • NRB Changes
  • LPA Changes
  • Digital Assets
  • Cross Border Tax
  • IPFDA Cases
  • Care Act
  • Elderly Client
  • HMRC Disputes
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Trusts
  • Estate Administration
  • Capital Gains Tax

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Webinars, Website, E-newsletters, Magazines and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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