Law Society Legal News Summary 16 June 2022


Rwanda deportation flights and attacks on lawyers

 Our statement with the Bar Council and our press release on the Rwanda asylum issue and attacks on lawyers continue to get coverage, including in Morning Star, Yahoo News, Scottish Legal News, Today’s Family Lawyer and LawCareers.net

 Christopher Cole, a member of our immigration law committee, spoke to BBC Kent (the piece begins at 01:07:00, Chris’s interview begins at 01:08:40) and LBC about the Rwanda deportation flights. Ellie Cumbo, our head of public law, also spoke to LBC. 

Read our press release outlining concerns about the Rwanda scheme.

 Legal Cheek looks at five times the government has complained about ‘lefty lawyers’ and the responses from the Law Society and others.
 

SRA fining powers 

The Gazette, Inside Conveyancing and City AM cover news that the lord chancellor Dominic Raab personally intervened to increase the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s fining powers. 

A Law Society spokesperson said: “We are disappointed the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is seeking to increase its fining powers by more than 1,000% without balancing these changes with the appropriate safeguards and have made our concerns clear to the Ministry of Justice.” 

Meanwhile, Legal Futures reports that the Legal Services Board has told the lord chancellor that the SRA’s fining powers should go ‘considerably beyond’ the proposed increase to £25,000.
 

Spike in divorce applications 

The i covers the spike in divorce applications following the introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce. 

Vice president Lubna Shuja said: “By not having to prove a fault-based fact against their ex-partner, separating couples and their children will not have to suffer unnecessary conflict and anxiety.” 

Read our press release
 

Black interns begin work at the Law Society 

Today’s Wills and Probate and Today’s Family Lawyer report on five interns starting their paid internship at the Law Society, as part of their participation in the #10000BlackInterns initiative. 

Read our press release
 

25 years of LawCare 

Today’s Wills and Probate covers the 25th anniversary of LawCare. 

“The legal profession has always been particularly at risk of mental health challenges, with distinct burnout risks posed by the nature of the work lawyers handle,” said Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce.

“It is true that the tide has turned compared to 25 years ago, but there is still work to be done.”

Read our press release
 

Crown Court backlog 

Our reaction to the Crown Court backlog increasing is covered by New Law Journal

Read our press release
 

Also worth a read: 

  • HMCTS spent more than £400m spent on agency staff – Gazette
  • Human rights laws in the crosshairs – Times (£)
  • LawTech ‘tipping point’ – Legal Futures
  • Specialist courts for rape cases to be set up – Telegraph (£)
  • PM’s ethics adviser quits – BBC

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