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Law Society wins money laundering review

The Law Society has won another battle in its war to change the draft money laundering regulations causing headaches among City lawyers. At a meeting with Law Society president Fiona Wolf this morning, Ed Balls MP said that the Government had agreed to make significant changes to the definition of ‘beneficial ownership’ in the draft […]

SRA delays launch of abridged LPC

Alternative routes to qualifying as a solicitor will not be piloted this year as planned, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has revealed. SRA education and training committee chair Dr Jonathan Spencer said last week (31 May) that “it would be wise to spend a little more time in developing” the proposed new alternative to the […]

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There are cock-ups and there are cock-ups. And then, there are cock-ups that overcharge 36,000 lawyers. See story. The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, which only launched in January, has done its utmost to win friends and influence the profession since its inception. But it pulled off a masterstroke when it charged 36,000 solicitors too much on […]

Mergers spark bumper year for North West

North West firms have announced strong year-end results, with Halliwells smashing its average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure with a record £600,000. The firm also reported a 37.5 per cent increase in turnover, from £62.7m to £82m, on the back of its merger with the insurance team from Manchester firm James Chapman & Co […]

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