Pricing and transparency

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    Law Society releases guidance on VAT on disbursements


    The Law Society has issued new guidance to help firms decide whether items may be treated as disbursements for VAT purposes.

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    Mistakes and money-laundering


    Lesley King comments on a case where a trust beneficiary’s right to income was rescinded on the basis of mistake, and on the government’s consultation on implementing the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

  • Stephen Lewis

    Sign here


    At the conference, Teresa Trepak and Stephen Lewis from the Law Commission discussed with the Law Society Gazette’s Michael Cross the commission’s new project on the electronic execution of documents. Here, they tell us about the commission’s conclusions

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    Walking the tightrope


    It can be difficult for smaller firms to stay on top of the regulations relating to legal practice. As the SRA prepares to launch its new Standards and Regulations this autumn, Matthew Moore presents a guide to the key compliance issues you need to know about

  • Marzena Lipman

    State of independence


    The SRA introduces a new “independent solicitor” model this November, which will allow solicitors to provide legal services on a freelance basis. But how will the model work in practice, and could it be for you? Marzena Lipman takes a closer look

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    A stealthy new year: probate fees


    Lesley King comments on recent developments in the private client sector, such as the controversial increase in probate fees and new wording for grant applications.

  • Sarah Brodie

    Loud and clear


    From 6 December, law firms undertaking a number of common areas of work – including probate – will need to publish price- and service-related information on their websites. Sarah Brodie looks at what this could mean in practice

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    Lasting things first: transparency rules and LPAs


    Lesley King comments on recent developments including the new transparency rules and guidance on lasting powers of attorney.

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    SRA releases new guidance on price transparency


    Law firms will have to publish details of their employees’ experience and the time work is likely to take – as well as their prices – when new transparency rules come into force in December. 

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    Keynote: Hot off the press


    At the conference keynote session, Paul Lewis , financial journalist and broadcaster, in conversation with John Hyde , deputy news editor of the Law Society Gazette, spoke about pricing and clarity in legal services

  • Michael Lonergan

    Clear probate


    The new regulations requiring law firms to publicly display their prices will be going ahead – rules that apply to probate work. The Law Society’s Michael Lonergan summarises the new requirements and where more advice can be had