SFLA chair steps down over dispute on law that will turn family lawyers into “government narks”

David Burrows, a sole practitioner, talked to LawZone about the reasons why he resigned from the SFLA over the group’s stance on the controversial Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). “The Law Society and the SFLA are both supporting the government against the very people they represent and I find that a very uncomfortable position for the group to be in,” he said. Burrows says, the SFLA’s own working party recommended challenging the government, however the group’s national committee overturned that decision. Burrows is hoping to make an application in the administrative court “by way of seeking a declaration as to the meaning of the Act” in the next two to three weeks.

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