Law Society Legal News Summary 15 November 2021

 New figures show fewer police probes lead to court action 

The Northumberland GazetteSunderland EchoThe Shields Gazette and 59 other regional news outlets cover the latest Home Office figures on police recorded crimes. 

Law Society of England and Wales president I. Stephanie Boyce said the backlog means cases may take years rather than months to reach court. 

She added: "Because memories fade over time, there is a risk that evidence given in court will not be as good as if cases were brought promptly, which may affect the outcome."

Fraud warning as home buyers targeted 

Birmingham Live reports our warning about home-buyers targeted by fraudsters. 

Our joint release with the National Economic Crime Centre, National Crime Agency and Action Fraud warned a spike in scams has seen victims lose hundreds of thousands of pounds. 

I. Stephanie Boyce said: "These frauds can involve huge sums of money and have a devastating lifelong impact on the home buyer and their personal finances. Solicitors and their clients can all play a part in making such crimes more difficult for the criminals." 

Read our press release

Diversity and disability 

I. Stephanie Boyce is quoted in Australasian Lawyer and Legal Brief about Project Rise, an initiative from the Law Society's Lawyers with Disabilities Division. 

The cross-firm scheme is seeking to encourage more part-time qualifying opportunities to be offered as a matter of course in the legal sector. 

Read our press release

Billable hours 

Lynette Wieland, one of our social mobility ambassadors, writes in the Gazette about the impact of billable hours on disabled people in the profession. 

"Billable hours targets are driving a culture that creates more barriers for those of a lower socio-economic background and those with childcare responsibilities," she said.

Diversity and Inclusion Conference 

In September, Leeds Law Society and the Law Society of England and Wales held a Diversity and Inclusion Conference to mark National Inclusion Week. 

The Gazette covers this conference, which included sessions on disability, social mobility and race and ethnicity, among others. 

Watch the conference recordings here

Also worth a read: 

  • Three arrested over explosion outside Liverpool Women's hospital – Guardian
  • Real living wage increases to £9.90 an hour – BBC
  • Under-50s to be included in booster programme – Times (£)
  • £1tn a year export target will be revealed this week – FT (£)
  • Astroworld: 9-year-old dies after being injured in crowd surge – Independent
  • Unvaccinated face nationwide lockdown in Austria – Evening Standard
  • Climate change and the legal sector – Gazette

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