In brief: Law Soc working party reports back on SIF

Law Society council member John Appleby is to unveil his working party's report into the crisis facing the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) this Tuesday. As reported in The Lawyer, 9 December, Appleby wants to divide SIF into six separate funds, covering different areas of the law depending how risky the work is. However, The Lawyer understands that SIF itself is resisting this proposal. Several larger firms, notably Hammond Suddards, want SIF to be scrapped. Appleby's paper will be discussed at a special Law Society council meeting in February before going out to the profession for consultation.