Law Society Legal News Summary 09 September 2021

Fixed Recoverable Costs extension 

Solicitors Journal covers our response to the government's proposal to widen the use of fixed recoverable costs (FRC). 

"This could seriously damage the justice system, leaving claimants unable to obtain effective remedy or vindicated defendants out of pocket through no fault of their own," said Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce. 

Read our press release

Building Safety Bill 

Inside Conveyancing reports our concerns that the proposed Building Safety Bill still leaves leaseholders bearing the brunt of the cost of the cladding crisis. 

"The Bill includes important measures to improve building safety, in light of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire and the ongoing cladding crisis," said Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce. 

"However, we are concerned that leaseholders, who live in unsafe buildings through no fault of their own, are still left bearing the brunt of the costs of cladding remediation."

Understanding the legal aid system 

A survey which found that 46% of the British public did not understand the legal aid system is covered by LawCareers.Net 

Law Society vice president Lubna Shuja said: "The legal aid system needs proper funding, otherwise there will continue to be inequalities between those who can afford to access legal support and those who cannot."

Solicitors Qualifying Examination 

New Law Journal reports on the launch of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). 

"This new system has the potential to further the legal sector's desire to widen diversity and inclusion and positively affect social mobility," said Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce.

Legal services in Indonesia 

The British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste is interviewed in the South Asia and ASEAN section of our website about the legal sector, investment and business opportunities in Indonesia.

Also worth a read: 

  • Complained-about conveyancers to pay more for ombudsman – Gazette
  • Study finds a third of victims would not report a crime again – Telegraph (£)
  • UK may turn back migrant boats - BBC


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