Small businesses call for overhaul of civil dispute process
201612.10
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Small businesses call for overhaul of civil dispute process

The civil courts system should be overhauled and alternative dispute resolution strengthened to spare small businesses the ‘huge burden’ of legal disputes, a representative organisation suggests today. According to research published by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), legal disputes cost small enterprises in England and Wales at least £11.6bn each year. A federation report…

New legal aid ‘advice deserts’ emerge
201612.09
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New legal aid ‘advice deserts’ emerge

Further evidence of the problem of legal aid ‘advice deserts’ has emerged with a new government attempt to plug holes in the provision of housing and debt services. The Legal Aid Agency has issued two invitations to submit an ‘expression of interest’ for firms to provide housing and debt advice in the north of England,…

Conveyancers urged to publicise fraud email alert scheme
201612.09
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Conveyancers urged to publicise fraud email alert scheme

Conveyancers have been urged to inform clients of a free service which combats property fraud by sending out email alerts of certain changes in the registration of a property. Land Registry’s Property Alert scheme helps people detect fraudulent activity on a property by sending them emails when the property’s entry on the register is updated,…

Law Society publishes ‘transparency toolkit’ for firms
201612.07
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Law Society publishes ‘transparency toolkit’ for firms

The Law Society has acted in anticipation of an expected call by the competition watchdog for lawyers to be more open about the price and quality of their services by publishing a toolkit on price and service transparency. The 12-page guide is designed to help solicitors to consider how to provide the most accessible and useful…