Category Archive: The Law Society

Nov 30

WALES/ENGLAND – Quickie celebrity divorces are unrealistic for the rest of us, warns Law Society

Celebrity divorces are giving ordinary couples an unrealistic view on what to expect when separating, warns the Law Society.   Nigella Lawson’s ‘quickie’ divorce from Charles Saatchi this week is highly unusual. The speed at which it is proceeding can be attributed to the fact that neither party will make any financial claims against the …

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May 26

WALES/ENGLAND – Ministers seek to cut £50m legal aid bill for expert witnesses in family courts

Ministry of justice says it wants to introduce new standards to ensure only highest calibre of evidence is permitted The Ministry of Justice, which is proposing a fresh round of cuts to legal aid. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Too many expert witnesses are being paid to give evidence of little value in family courts, according …

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May 18

WALES/ENGLAND – Unbundling family legal services

1 May 2013 Contents 1 Introduction 1.1 Who should read this practice note? 1.2 What is the issue 1.3 Professional conduct 1.4 Status of this practice note 1.5 Terminology 2 SRA principles 3 What is unbundling? 4 Risks of unbundling 4.1 Duty of care 4.2 Going beyond your retainer’s limits 4.3 Professional conduct 4.4 Limiting …

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May 18

WALES/ENGLAND – Society endorses ‘a la carte’ advice – but warns of risks

Family lawyers offering ‘pay as you go’ legal services are warned of the risks they carry and how to avoid them in a practice note published today by the Law Society. The note has been published to assist solicitors seeking to offer a more affordable service by allowing the client to deal with some aspects …

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Apr 26

WALES/ENGLAND – Law Society launches surveys on the impact of LASPO

Surveys for ‘complex’ family law cases and domestic violence matters The Law Society is seeking to monitor the impact of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) changes. As part of that exercise it would like practitioners to provide it with examples of where they have been unable to take on clients …

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Apr 20

WALES/ENGLAND – Expert witness ruling a blow to children, Society warns

Children involved in family law cases will face extra uncertainty following a High Court ruling on the funding of expert witnesses, the Law Society has warned. The Society reacted with disappointment to the ruling that the Legal Aid Agency, formerly the Legal Services Commission (LSC), is not normally obliged to fully fund the cost of …

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