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Money laundering – mitigating risk

We reported in our April 2019 edition (p32) on the SRA’s forthcoming money laundering checks on firms.

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SDT – changes to standard of proof

The SDT intends to adopt the civil standard of proof when it hears cases brought by the regulator against solicitors on the balance of probabilities rather than the criminal standard, beyond reasonable doubt.

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Brexit – impact on solicitors

The Law Society has issued guidance for solicitors on the impact of the postponement of the UK’s departure from the EU.

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Lawyers – stressed

Most lawyers will not be surprised to learn that recent research reveals that lawyers are the second most stressed professionals in the country.

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High-risk third countries – EC list

The Law Society has produced an article regarding the EC’s list of high risk third countries
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SRA – guidance on the Money Laundering Regulations

In the light of the announcement of checks on law firms, practitioners are reminded that the SRA produced guidance on the Regulations in March 2018 under their ethics guidance section.
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SRA – money laundering checks

The SRA regulates around 7,000 firms who fall under the scope of the Money Laundering Regs 2017.
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SRA – Standards and Regulations introduced November 2019

We reported in our February 2019 edition (p32) and March 2019 edition (p33) that the SRA is phasing in its introduction of the new ’Standards and Regulations’ which will replace the 2011 Handbook. 
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GDPR – overly cautious advice?

Legal practitioners have recently come under attack for the overly cautious advice which they may have given in relation to the implementation of the GDPR rules which came into force in May 2018.
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Charitable bequests – notification overhaul

We do not usually report on consultations. However, the MoJ has announced that it proposes to overhaul the process by which charities are alerted to bequests left in wills.
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Probate fees – increase delayed
Thursday, 09 May 2019
We reported in the April 2019 edition (p34) on the increase of probate fees which was due to come into effect in April 2019. Read more...
VAT Order – construction services
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The VAT (s55A) (Specified Services and Excepted Supplies) Order 2019 comes into effect in relation to supplies made on or after 1 October 2019. Read more...
Brexit – impact on solicitors
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The Law Society has issued guidance for solicitors on the impact of the postponement of the UK’s departure from the EU. Read more...
RTA claims – no lawyers
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The Gazette reports that the MoJ has issued a consultation as to how to create an IT platform to enable unrepresented litigants to progress their own claim. Read more...
CFAs – no automatic 100% success fee
Thursday, 09 May 2019
In RTA claims, may firms routinely set a 100% success fee and claim the maximum limit of 25% of total damages. Read more...
T’s failure to respond – not a refusal of access
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The UT has held that T’s failure to reply to a letter from L requesting access to the property did not amount to a refusal of access. Read more...
MEES non-domestic rentals – reminder
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The MEES regulations are designed to tackle the least energy efficient properties in England and Wales and the Regs establish a minimum standard of EPC band E for domestic and non-domestic private... Read more...
‘Highway’ – no single meaning
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The SC has recently clarified the meaning of a highway. Read more...
Procedure – divorce
Thursday, 09 May 2019
Divorce practitioners may be particularly interested in the background to a recent case setting out the administrative processes and procedures by which errors in divorce proceedings are picked up... Read more...
EU citizens – right to work checks
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The government has issued guidance on employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, and their family members, after Brexit. Read more...


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