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    How software can support your firm in lockdown and the ‘new normal’

    2020-11-23T14:21:00Z

    Deborah Witkiss, of Law Society strategic partner Insight Legal , looks at the software options – from the cloud to workflow solutions – which can help your firm survive and thrive

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    Preparing for submissions season

    2020-11-18T16:47:00Z

    Love them or loathe them, the legal directories are here to stay. Victoria Moffat explains how law firms should go about preparing for submission season

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    A new lease of life: residential leasehold and commonhold reform

    2020-11-17T12:31:00Z

    The Law Commission’s Professor Nick Hopkins, Oliver Hutchings and Penny Tridimas outline the commission’s proposals for reform of residential home ownership

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    Data protection - 8 things to do before the transition period ends

    2020-11-17T11:37:00Z

    With the UK leaving the EU and the end of the transition period looming, Anna Drozd and Emilio Miranda-Graham from our policy teams outline how to get ready for data protection changes in 2021.

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    Success story: Telecom patent licensing disputes in UK courts

    2020-11-17T10:02:00Z

    UK courts have emerged as a major forum for resolving global telecom licensing disputes, after long-awaited Supreme Court rulings on three patent cases in the area of mobile phones. We spoke to Gary Moss, partner at EIP, about taking on industry giants and representing the patent holders.

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    Unilateral thinking

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Fiona Heald considers how to deal with severances if a co-owner of property loses capacity

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    Wars of succession

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Alberto Perez Cedillo recalls the bafflement of clients while trying to explain the rules of Spanish inheritance to them, and offers tips on how to get estate administrations with Spanish assets right first time

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    Weathering the storm

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Sarah McGovern explains how to navigate some of the issues likely to arise in estate administrations during a volatile market, including fluctuations in property prices

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    Mutual interest

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    You may think mutual wills are a dusty relic from the past that most solicitors don’t need to worry about. Think again – Stephanie Parish has encountered more than half a dozen this year alone. Here, she presents a guide on what mutual wills are and the pitfalls to ...

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    Executor stress

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Coronavirus has emphasised the need to review farm wills, consider the key role of the executors, and understand the complexity of marginal inheritance tax reliefs, argue Julie Butler and Fred Butler . There are also new capital gain tax rules to grapple with

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    The estate we’re in

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Holly Miéville-Hawkins investigates the Court of Protection’s approach to estate and inheritance tax planning, and analyses some recent case law

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    Deep impact

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Alberto Perez Cedillo takes an in-depth view on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the practice of international private client

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    Take a bow

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    After over 20 years on the Private Client Section committee, not to mention 16 years as a Law Society Council member, Helen Clarke is retiring from duties. Here, colleagues past and present pay tribute

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    Are you being served?

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Victoria Newey explains the sometimes confusing process of serving respondents in the Court of Protection when making property and affairs applications

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    Back to Basics: How to manage cryptocurrencies

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Leigh Sagar explains the basics of cryptocurrencies, and how to deal with them in an estate administration

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    Life after Brexit

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    It’s hard to believe that the General Data Protection Regulation has now been in force for nearly two and a half years. But with the Brexit transition period ending soon, there are now more disclosure and compliance issues to think about. Edward Hayes explains

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    Managing client expectations around the stamp duty holiday deadline

    2020-11-16T11:31:00Z

    The SDLT holiday has boosted the housing market, but increased pressure on solicitors to complete transactions before the deadline in March 2021. Peter Rodd and Sarah Dwight share advice on what you can do now to manage clients’ expectations

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    Chorley just a matter of time?

    2020-11-16T10:47:00Z

    Under the Chorley exception, solicitors can recover certain costs when representing themselves in litigation. Jonathan Crystal recaps how the exception came about, and how it has come under increasing challenges in other jurisdictions.

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    The legal workspace of the future

    2020-11-12T13:06:00Z

    Rob Millard looks at what the near future holds for law firm workspaces, from collaboration tools to artificial intelligence, and what these developments could mean for the business model of ‘law firm 4.0’