Law Society Legal News Summary 23 November 2021

Home secretary urged to withdraw Liverpool bomber lawyer claims 

Coverage continues of the suggestion from Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce that Priti Patel should withdraw comments she made after the Liverpool bombing when she stoked anger against lawyers. The National NewsTittle Press, and Yahoo! News pick up the story. 

It is believed bomber Emad Al Swealmeen may never have been legally represented in court during his immigration appeals process, after his asylum claim was rejected. 

Law Society of England and Wales president I. Stephanie Boyce said: "If that's the case we urge the home secretary to withdraw her comments." 

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Christopher Cole, a member of our immigration law committee, meanwhile was on LBC (from 16:07) discussing asylum claims and Priti Patel's criticism of the legal system. 

And Jonathan Goldsmith, a member of the Law Society council, wrote in the Gazette about Patel's comments and our response. He quotes the United Nations' Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers which states "governments shall ensure that lawyers are able to perform all of their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference".

Afghan judges hunted by prisoners 

City A.M. reports our concerns for judges and other justice sector workers in Afghanistan after we received scores of desperate messages. We have called on the government to assist with safe passage for legal professionals. 

I. Stephanie Boyce said: "Judges, lawyers, prosecutors and others who worked in the justice system tell us they are receiving death threats from the Taliban and prisoners they helped convict – many of them terrorists – who are now roaming the country seeking revenge on those who brought them to justice."

Push for upfront conveyancing information 

Inside ConveyancingMortgage Finance GazetteBest AdviceProperty Industry Eye, and News on the Block report on the launch of new versions of the LPE1 (Leasehold Property Enquiries), LPE2 (Consumer summary) and FME1 (Freehold Management Enquiries) forms. Alongside Conveyancing Association, CILEX, and the Society of Licenced Conveyancers we are encouraging member firms to use the new forms from 11 January 2022. 

"Making key information about a property available to consumers and those who work in the conveyancing system is beneficial in terms of identifying any potential issues at an early stage and speeding up property transactions," I. Stephanie Boyce said. 

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Trade delegation to promote UK legal services in the Middle East 

The Ministry of Justice is bringing a delegation of industry leaders, including I. Stephanie Boyce on a trade mission to the Middle East, Eminetra reports. This is part of the UK's international GREAT campaign, to promote the UK abroad.

Also worth a read: 

  • Bulb Energy goes into special administration – Guardian
  • No alternative to industrial action over legal aid dispute, says QC – Guardian
  • Conveyancing IT crash should make firms 'review own response' – Gazette
  • Simplify remains tight-lipped – Today's Conveyancer
  • Almost half of all legal professionals are seeking new roles – Solicitors Journal

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