Law Society Legal News Summary 20 March 2024


Small claims case delays

MSN, Yahoo! News, Telegraph and Argus, Bedford Today and Cornish Times cover the Law Society’s response to delays in small claims cases. 

Law Society president Nick Emmerson said: “The Law Society has repeatedly expressed its concern about rising delays in the county courts, meaning many are not accessing justice. 

“These delays can result in litigants suffering hardship because they cannot get the remedy they are entitled to, or in some cases dropping their claims, because they cannot afford to put more time and money into them.”
 

Criminal court backlog

Vice president Richard Atkinson spoke to BBC Radio Kent (from 2:12:00) and BBC Radio Surrey (from 0:12:14) about rising backlog in our criminal courts. 

Chair of the Law Society’s criminal law committee, Stuart Nolan, also spoke to BBC Radio Sussex (from 2:13:14) about the crisis in our criminal justice system, as an unprecedented number of Crown court cases remain outstanding.
 

Deprivation of liberty 

Local Government Lawyer covers the Law Society’s updated guidance on identifying deprivations of liberty.
 

Money laundering risk assessment 

Inside Conveyancing mentions the Law Society’s guide on risk assessments in reporting that the SRA has identified a number of money-laundering risks in the sector.
 

Professional indemnity insurance 

LawNet mentions the Law Society’s research on professional indemnity insurance (PII) for law firms.
 

Also worth a read: 

  • Rwanda Bill returns to the Lords today - BBC
  • Jeremy Hunt hints at a general election in October -  Guardian
  • Hong Kong passes controversial national security law - BBC
  • Litigants in person turn to ChatGPT for help - Solicitors Journal (£)
  • Conveyancers express concern about the National Trading Standards’ guidance on material information and its impact on property law - Gazette
  • ‘Misalignment’ between justice and desire to win apparent in the Post Office scandal - Legal Futures
  • Litigation funding legislation introduced into Lords - Gazette
  • Britain’s most powerful judges along with about 150 leading barristers, are members of the Garrick Club, which has repeatedly blocked attempts to allow women to join - Guardian

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