Law Society Legal News Summary 10 September 2021

Cladding crisis

The Gazette covers our view that the Building Safety Bill still leaves leaseholders bearing the brunt of the cladding crisis despite claims by the government it will allow them to hold builders and developers to account. 

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: "While the liability cut-off date for developers would be extended from six to 15 years, many developers responsible for developing buildings with unsafe cladding have already gone out of business, making any new legal rights worthless. In addition, UK government has previously stated that issues relating to unsafe cladding began around 20 years ago, which makes the 15-year cut off insufficient."

Lasting powers of attorney 

Today's Wills and Probate and Inside Conveyancing both report our concerns about changes to lasting powers of attorney (LPA). 

Stephanie Boyce is quoted: "LPAs are arguably the most important legal document that a person will ever make because they delegate such wide-reaching powers over their life.

"To give this some context, a poor decision by the attorney could result in the vulnerable person being put into a care home against their current or past wishes, the loss of their assets or even their premature death."

Legal walk

Legal Futures reminds us that the annual London Legal Walk is fast approaching, due to take place on 18 October. The article reports the event is "generously supported by the Law Society".

Stephanie Boyce is quoted: "For the first time in over two years the whole of the legal profession will be able to walk together (albeit maintaining a bit of distance) to raise funds for free legal advice charities.

"Over the intervening two years the number of people needing legal help, particularly with debt and benefits, has risen dramatically. So may I urge everyone to raise as much as possible on their fundraising web pages to support the charities that help people in crisis."

Also worth a read: 

  • Mishcon partners back move to float – Gazette
  • Buckland calls for tougher corporate crime laws - Gazette
  • UK economic growth slows sharply in July - BBC


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