Monday 15 July 2013
Lincolnshire solicitor Nicholas Fluck has taken up his position as the Law Society's president. Fluck said he would 'use every opportunity I have to raise awareness of the contribution solicitors make not just to their clients, but to our wider society and the economy'. Fluck succeeds Lucy Scott-Moncrieff.
Property forms change
The Law Society is consulting on proposed changes to the Con29 and Con290 property enquiry forms, to take into account new laws and issues, including assets of community value, the community infrastructure levy and the Green Deal. The consultation ends on 1 August.
Niche firm goes ABS
West Yorkshire firm Certus Solicitors has become the 165th organisation to be granted an alternative business structure licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The niche firm specialises in dispute resolution and debt enforcement from its Bradford office.
Yorkshire merger on cards
Yorkshire firms Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley, and Denison Till have confirmed they are in merger talks to create a firm with a combined workforce of 275. Both firms focus on the region's mid-market, providing wealth creation services to private and public limited companies.
Drug driving crackdown
The government has proposed a 'zero tolerance' crackdown on driving under the influence of cannabis, cocaine, LSD, MDMA and heroin. A Home Office consultation says that in 2011, 41% of the prosecutions in magistrates' courts for driving while impaired through drugs were withdrawn or dismissed. The consultation closes on 17 September.
350th firm commits to diversity
City firm Peters & Peters has become the 350th law firm to sign up to the Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter. Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, outgoing president of the Law Society, said: 'Many still wrongly assume that firms are full of Oxbridge graduates called Hugo or Crispin. However, increasingly name plates at the entrance to law firms include Alison or Shreeti, Jermaine or Ahmed.'