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ICO Report and New Guidance
ICO Report and New GuidanceJuly 31, 2020Information Commissioner's Office publishes 2019-2020 Annual Report dealing with a range of topical issues including how facial recognition technology is used and how children are protected online. There is also new guidance on Artificial Intelligence and Data Protection.Read More
Land Registry Accepts Electronic Signatures
Land Registry Accepts Electronic SignaturesJuly 29, 2020HM Land Registry accepts ‘witnessed electronic signatures’ - i.e. electronic signatures that enable an individual to sign legal documents, but which still require a witness who is present at the time to also sign the documents electronically.Read More
Consultation on Economic Crime Levy
Consultation on Economic Crime LevyJuly 23, 2020Following its announcement in the 2020 Budget, the Government has now published a consultation inviting views on the principles of an economic crime levy, and how it could operate in practice.Read More
SRA agrees SIF extension
SRA agrees SIF extensionJuly 2, 2020SRA announces that it is to extend by a year the use of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) to provide post six-year run-off cover for claims against firms which have closed without a successor practiceRead More
Six Steps to Recovery
Six Steps to RecoveryJune 24, 2020As the country gradually moves towards easing lockdown restrictions and businesses begin to open, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has taken the opportunity to set out what it regards as the main six key steps that organisations need to bear in mind as they come out of lockdown. Read More
SRA Business Plan consultation
SRA Business Plan consultationJune 9, 2020As part of its commitment to accountability and transparency, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is for the first time consulting on its future business plan and budget as well as seeking views on its proposed principles for managing its Compensation Fund.Read More
Compensation Fund contributions reduced
Compensation Fund contributions reducedJune 9, 2020SRA announces that payments from solicitors to the Compensation Fund for the next practising year are to fall with the contribution for an individual down to £50 (from £60) and for a firm down £200 to £950.Read More
Law Society of Scotland launches mental health action plan
Law Society of Scotland launches mental health action planJune 4, 2020Law Society of Scotland launches a three-year action plan that aims to tackle stigma around mental health in the legal sector and sets out a seven-step framework for change including creating a more open culture, promoting mental health engagement and awareness campaigns, and developing the existing Lawscot Wellbeing online portal as a one-stop-shop for all resources.Read More
LawCare and Mental Health Awareness Week
LawCare and Mental Health Awareness WeekMay 20, 2020This year, Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) has a particularly poignant meaning given the problems that many are experiencing as a result of lockdown and from uncertainties surrounding their businesses and futures.Read More
Coronavirus House Moves Guidance Published
Coronavirus House Moves Guidance PublishedMay 15, 2020Guidance has been published outlining how professionals are to deal with house moves following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Read More