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    Private client law practice and guidance notes update

    Are you up to date with the Law Society’s practice notes? We’ve gathered together a list of the practice notes and guidance related to private client law practice released in the last few months

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


    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 ...

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    New podcast on AML for private client practitioners


    A new podcast for the Risk and Compliance Service looks at the new obligations placed on private client practitioners by the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 and the recent Criminal Finances Act

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    Law Society launches new cybersecurity news digest


    As part of our cybersecurity and scam prevention support for law firms, we’ve launched a weekly email digest of cybersecurity news relevant to the legal sector – sign up now

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    Criminal Finances Act 2017: update and new practice note


    The Criminal Finances Act 2017, in force from 30 September, introduces a new criminal offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. Stuart Adams provides an update

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    Excellence Awards 2017: nominations now open!


    The starting pistol has been fired for nominations for the 2017 Law Society Excellence Awards which celebrate the best and brightest among English and Welsh solicitors.

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    PS CPD quiz to end after September edition


    The September edition of PS will be the last to be accompanied by an online CPD quiz.

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    Proposed regulatory changes could erode client protection and create 2-tier profession


    The SRA published a consultation on proposed changes to the Handbook for solicitor and firm regulation on 1 June. We believe that the proposals, if accepted, will leave clients and consumers with less protection and could result in a ‘two-tier’ solicitor profession

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    New Law Society advice on protection against scams


    Law Society launches new webpage dedicated to helping firms protect themselves against being scammed and providing them with help and support if they have fallen victim to scamsters

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    SRA set to review Handbook and Accounts Rules - have your say


    SRA set to review the Accounts Rules this spring - let us have your views to form our policy position

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    Will Aid apologises to solicitors for Co-op offer


    Charity Will Aid has apologised to solicitors for emailing thousands of members of the public with a wills promotion in partnership with Co-operative Legal Services containing the words ‘you don’t have to see a solicitor’

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    Think ahead


    Graham Murphy explains how the Law Society has been raising the profile of private client practitioners among consumers

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    New Private Client Practice award announced in Law Society Excellence Awards


    Human rights, technology and private client practice are three new categories in this year’s line up for the legal awards ceremony of the year, the Law Society’s Excellence Awards

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    SRA consults on regulation of consumer credit activities


    The SRA has launched a consultation seeking views on its proposal to withdraw from the Financial Conduct Authority’s Designated Professional Body regime for the purposes of consumer credit activities. The Law Society urges members to consider the impact of the proposals

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    Legal Ombudsman calls for government re-think on wills


    Chief Legal Ombudsman, Adam Sampson, has called on the government to introduce ”a voluntary ombudsman  scheme” for unregulated will-writers, “into which service providers can opt themselves”

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    New consumer contracts regulations


    New consumer protection regulations which came into force on 13 June will apply to solicitors’ retainers entered into on or after that date. Solicitors will need to review their standard retainers, client care letters and model agreements.

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    WIQS update


    The Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) launched by the Law Society earlier this year is fast approaching the 100-member mark

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    First firms accredited for WIQS


    The Law Society has accredited the first group of law firms to its new Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). So far, more than 40 firms have been accredited, with this number increasing as applications are processed by the Law Society. The scheme, which opened for applications last October, ...

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    Looking for a will?


    If you are looking for a missing will, the first port of call will probably be local solicitors or law society. However, if the firm holding the will has been subject to an intervention by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), its closed files will be stored by the SRA. The ...