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Prices – transparency

A reminder that the rules on price transparency come into force on 1 December 2018.

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Legal advice privilege – wider

At the same time, the CA has made a welcome intervention with regards to legal advice privilege. This form of privilege applies to communications between clients and their lawyers in connection with the giving of legal advice.

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Litigation privilege – wider

The CA has clarified the scope of litigation privilege. This follows widespread concern about a High Court decision which had taken a narrower view.

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Professional – update

From December 2018 there will be new rules requiring firms to publish prices for conveyancing, probate, motoring offences and immigration, as well as the price for bringing ET claims. 
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SDT – multi-party cases

In a professional disciplinary case, the SRA and the solicitor can reach a settlement.

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Courts – reductions

The government has announced that it will reduce court staffing numbers from 16,500 to 10,000 by 2022.

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Professional – update

The SRA proposes that the Compensation Fund would effectively be transformed into a ‘Hardship’ Fund (ie only for those wronged clients who are most in need). 
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Witness – evidence

A trial witness must not discuss their evidence while they are under oath. The importance of this was illustrated in a recent ET case when the applicant spoke to a journalist during a break in the course of giving her evidence.
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Conduct – honesty or integrity?

To what extent are ‘honesty’ and ‘integrity’ synonymous for SRA disciplinary purposes? 
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