Law Society Legal News Summary 05 January 2022

Probate delays 

The Guardian and Today's Wills and Probate report on probate delays, citing our criticism that any increase in probate fees must be accompanied by service improvements. 

"In 2020, people had to wait 12 to 14 weeks on average to receive their grant. This is unacceptable," said Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce. 

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Raab and the Bar Council 

The outgoing chair of the Bar Council Derek Sweeting QC has called Dominic Raab "thin-skinned" for failing to meet him, the Guardian and the Gazette report. The Guardian notes that Raab has met with I. Stephanie Boyce.

Legal Aid 

Today's Family Lawyer covers our call for early legal advice to be restored for family law cases. 

I. Stephanie Boyce said: "By restoring early legal advice for family law cases, fewer cases will go to court. Instead, there will be negotiated settlement, referral to mediation and management of client expectations so they do not take cases to court when there is no basis." 

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Wills and foreign assets 

Law Society vice president Lubna Shuja writes in Eastern Eye about how to handle foreign assets in wills.

Bill of Rights 

Solicitors Journal covers our concern that replacing the human rights act with a bill of rights would be driving a coach and horses through human rights law. 

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Also worth a read: 

  • Decision expected soon on dismissing Prince Andrew case – BBC
  • New head of no. 10 party investigations unlikely to start from scratch – Guardian
  • Sunak warns of limit to how much state can help with energy costs – FT (£)
  • Booster vaccines likely needed for travel – Telegraph
  • Covid testing rules to be relaxed – Telegraph  
  • UK hit by flash flooding 51 times since 2007 – Guardian
  • High Court agrees to 11th hour bid in case between solicitor and SRA – Gazette

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