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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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SRA – new principles

As we reported in the February 2019 edition (p32), the SRA will start to phase in its regulatory reforms from April 2019. 
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Probate fees – increase?

Despite past resistance, the government proposes an increase in probate fees as soon as April 2019. At the moment, there is a flat fee to apply for probate when someone has died. 
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Ryanair – can bypass solicitors

The CA has held that Ryanair is entitled to deal with passenger claims directly and does not have to involve or pay solicitors who may have assisted in the claims.
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Probate – online service

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Probate fees – increase
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
The much-criticised increase in probate fees comes into effect in April 2019 and apply whether or not a solicitor is involved.  Read more...
SRA – Standards and Regulations introduced November 2019
Tuesday, 09 April 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... Read more...
LiP – keep informed?
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
We do not usually report on changes which are not yet in force. However, litigators have been warned to expect changes to the processes relating to litigants in person which might come into effect on... Read more...
Interim costs order – when to exercise
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
The Gazette reports on an interesting County Court case where an interim costs order has been granted to solicitors where the full value of the claim will not be quantified until 2022. Read more...
Defective Premises Act – L liable
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
The CA has held that a social L was liable to a T for injury caused due to a faulty drain cover. Read more...
Service charges – recovery of more than 100%?
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
We reported in our February 2019 edition (p24) that the RICS Code of Practice Service Charges in Commercial Property (1st edition) comes into force on 1 April 2019. Read more...
Allotments – protection
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
With the increasing pressure to build new homes, there is a possibility that areas designated for allotments might be under threat of development. Read more...
Children – standard of proof
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
The Court of Appeal refused F’s appeal against the judge’s findings in care proceedings under Part IV CA 1989 that he had sexually abused his daughter (Y). Read more...
NDA – ignoring!
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
Recently, some employees have spoken publicly about sexual harassment in breach of NDA confidentiality obligations.  Read more...
Offences – assault; emergency workers
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 follows the increasing number of assaults on emergency workers in the UK.  Read more...

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