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    Take our member survey

    2020-03-31T07:15:00Z

    We would value your views on your membership of the Risk and Compliance Service.

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    The Mayson Report – an update

    2020-03-26T12:18:00Z

    Marzena Lipman summarises Stephen Mayson’s report on the regulation of legal services.

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    Why now is the perfect time for lawyers to reflect on learning and development

    Many lawyers may well have extra time on their hands working from home at the moment. Dave Seager suggests this could be the perfect time to brush up on your professional learning and build your knowledge on financial planning issues in your area of law.

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    Cybersecurity when working from home

    2020-03-24T16:50:00Z

    David Fleming, chief technology officer at Mitigo, offers advice on how to reduce your exposure to cyberattacks as a result of remote / home working.

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    At your service

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    Julie Blunsom explains how HM Land Registry’s two new services – the Pre-submission Enquiry Service and Application Management Service – work in practice, and how you can find out more

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    Moving on

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    In the second of a two-part series on complaints, Rebecca Atkinson looks at what steps you should be taking when a complaint has been received, and how best to resolve complaints to avoid them reaching the Legal Ombudsman

  • Michael Garson
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    Star gazing

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    Michael Garson outlines some of the key features of the new regulatory environment, following the introduction of the new SRA Standards and Regulations

  • Amanda Potter
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    Intelligence gathering

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    Emotional intelligence can be a leader’s greatest asset, or if ignored, their greatest risk. Dr Amanda Potter looks at why EQ matters in the workplace, and how you can develop yours

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    On the right foot

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    In the first in a series on what property solicitors need to know about different phases of the development process, Gavin Le Chat looks at the importance of a site inspection and other preliminary investigations

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    The fine print

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    In November, real estate company Deutsche Wohnen SE was hit with a fine of €14.5m under the General Data Protection Regulation. Clare Harman Clark looks at the role of property solicitors in helping their clients abide by the regulation

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    Home fee

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    Richard Mathias looks at the current state of referral fees in the property sector. What effect have they had in practice? Why is a ban on referral fees being considered? And how can the existing system be improved?

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    Digital watch

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    Richard Oliphant looks at the emergence of cloud-based digital signatures. He argues that this development should help to allay concerns about the cross-border validity and enforcement of electronic signatures, and establish a new standard for executing client transactions

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    Environmental cost

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    From April 2020, it will be unlawful to continue to let a residential property with an energy performance certificate rating below E. Warren Gordon provides a timely update on the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

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    Clear water

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    If you are acting for a buyer of a property on a water course, do you know the rights they might have, and the liabilities that might arise? Richard Bagwell outlines the principles

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    Chapter and reverse

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    The construction VAT reverse charge comes into force this October. Ronan Lowney and Michelle Essen explain the changes and what those involved in construction and development need to do next

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    Legal Services Board: Draft business plan 2020/21 - JLD response

    2020-03-06T11:58:00Z

    We have responded to the Legal Services Board’s (LSB) consultation on its draft business plan 2020/21.

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    Under review

    2020-03-05T16:09:00Z

    Paul de la Piquerie and Rahul Varma look at some common rent review mechanisms and the issues they can create in practice

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    Missing: date of presumed death

    2020-03-04T10:41:00Z

    When someone goes missing and is never found, the date of their presumed death can impact who inherits their property. Lesley King considers the issues that can arise.

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    STARs and in-house practice – the key changes

    2020-03-02T16:16:00Z

    Bronwen Still shares her tips for in-house lawyers coping with the requirements of the SRA Standards and Regulations.

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    Nine impacts of a cyber attack on a law firm

    2020-03-02T16:09:00Z

    Lindsay Hill, CEO at Mitigo, lists nine ways in which a cyber attack can seriously disrupt your law firm, and why you shouldn’t solely rely on cyber insurance to protect yourself.