Thursday 19 April 2012
This practice note highlights potential issues you may encounter in your dealings with litigants in person. It includes advice on managing any conflict between your duties to the court and duties to your client, and other areas of sensitivity.
Read the practice note
A survey of 600 Law Society members indicates that the solicitors' professional indemnity insurance (PII) market has remained relatively stable between 2010 and 2011. The average annual premium of £16,720 in 2011-12 is consistent with £16,980 in 2010-11, while just 0.5 per cent of the profession entered the assigned risks pool.
See the full survey results and summary
While we welcome the government's concession on domestic violence, we are disappointed that MPs this week overturned many of the changes made by peers to its proposed legal aid reforms. The bill now returns to the Lords and we will continue to campaign intensely to secure further amendments during its final stages.
Read our summary of this week's debate
The SRA has announced that firms will be able to nominate compliance officers for legal practice (COLPs) and compliance officers for financial administration (COFAs) from 31 May. The deadline for nominations is 31 July.
Read the SRA announcement
Law Society to pilot compliance reference initiative
From 6 April 2012, a new reduced rate of inheritance tax (IHT) came into effect for estates where at least 10 per cent of the taxable amount is left to charity. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published guidance on this change.
See HMRC guidance
In a recent Gazette article, Law Society president John Wotton raised awareness of the Legacy10 campaign, which is aims to increase the number of people who leave a charitable legacy in their wills.
Read the Gazette article
The Law Society has warned that the government's attempts to screen cases going to the European Court of Human Rights could undermine the court’s credibility.
Read the full story
Following the closure of the Immigration Advisory Service, it has been announced that former clients of the service have until 28 May 2012 to retrieve archived files.
How to apply for retrieval of an archived file
The government is consulting on a number of controversial proposals to reduce fixed costs in fast track personal injury and RTA portal claims. We need your evidence on the costs of running a personal injury department.
Find out how you can help - deadline for evidence: 20 April
Client care and complaints handling - 2.5 hours CPD
This event will help you ensure that your complaints handling, client care policies and procedures comply with the requirements of the SRA and the Legal Ombudsman.
The SRA is reviewing the current continuing professional development (CPD) requirements. If you are a qualified solicitor, complete an online survey to make your views heard.
Take the survey - deadline: 20 April
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