Law Society Legal News Summary 17 November 2021

 New figures show fewer police probes lead to court action 

Coverage continues in regional outlets, including Shropshire StarBiggleswade TodayLuton Todaythe Leighton Buzzard Observer, Bucks Herald, and the Milton Keynes Citizen of 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."

Ethnicity pay gap reporting 

Rebecca Burford, a member of our ethnic minority lawyers committee, is interviewed in the Financial Times (£) about the importance of ethnicity pay gap reporting, and the shock at learning that her firm was paying white partners on average 34.8% more than Black partners. 

Another piece in the Financial Times (£) reveals that mid-ranking Black lawyers in the UK's largest law firms are four times as likely to leave than their white peers. The article quotes our Race for Inclusion report which found that just 8% of partners in the largest 50 firms identified as Black or minority ethnic, with Black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors twice as likely to be working as sole practitioners. and Legal Week interview a Black lawyer whose law firm put her name on a pitch that she was not involved with in order to promote the firm's diversity. The article suggests that the Law Society and the SRA "should be there at the forefront to assist the profession". 

Read our Race for Inclusion report.

Managing Probate 

Melinda Giles, a member of our wills and equity committee gives advice in This is Money to someone unsure how to handle their mother's estate.

Homes Under the Hammer 

Peter Rodd, a Law Society council member, featured on Homes Under the Hammer which aired yesterday on BBC 1 Wales, discussing the issue of fraudulent sales.

Corruption in the UK 

Jonathan Goldsmith, Law Society council member, writes in the Gazette, about corruption in the UK and the suggestion that Sir Geoffrey Cox is corrupt for having represented clients accused of corruption. Goldsmith states "the mere representation of a client who has been accused of corruption does not make the lawyer corrupt." Practice Source also shared the piece.

Finance Bill 

The Law Society's criticism of the Finance Bill and, in particular, the new economic crime levy was quoted in parliament yesterday. 

Read our press release here.

Also worth a read: 

  • UK inflation jumps to highest level in 10 years – BBCGuardian, and FT (£)
  • Boris Johnson to ban MP paid adviser jobs – BBC
  • Lidl to become UK's highest-paying supermarket – BBC
  • Michael Gove backer won £164m in PPE contracts – Guardian
  • Prince Andrew's loan paid off by Tory-linked firms – Guardian
  • Tributes paid to first Muslim QC – Gazette

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