Opinion

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    It all adds up

    30 October 2017

    With regard to VAT on online property searches, surely any solicitor acquiring such a search will spend time on assessing the search, charge for that time and add VAT on that charge. Perhaps I am over simplifying, but does  that not answer all the tribunal judge’s (and HMRC’s) arguments?

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    System failure

    23 October 2017

    The government should acknowledge that court fees are a hidden tax – its deceit is made worse by deteriorating service levels.

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    ​Flat fee is disproportionate

    23 October 2017

    We are a small firm with two partners and no staff, and a turnover of less than £200,000.

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    Prison shame

    23 October 2017

    It is a source of immense pride to me and I am sure to many other Law Society members that solicitors such as the redoubtable Laura Janes continue to play a pivotal role in the endeavours of the Howard League for Penal Reform on behalf of the rights of offenders.

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    ​Proof point

    23 October 2017

    I wanted to clarify one point in relation to your article about the standard of proof. You said that the ‘discussion paper… does not explicitly back requiring prosecutions to be proved “beyond reasonable doubt”’. This is not quite accurate.

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    Too few judges

    23 October 2017

    It is a strange little world, that of the deputy district judge, particularly those retired who come back and sit a few times a month.

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    Quality controllers

    16 October 2017

    If legal services are to expand further by deregulation, lawyers must help educate the public on how to steer clear of cowboy practitioners

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    Why is my son paid a pittance?

    16 October 2017

    Gone are the days when the social worker envied the solicitor (all that kudos, all that pay!). How the tables have turned in family and criminal law.

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    ​Home improvement

    9 October 2017

    Property developers attempting to maximise the value of their reversion portfolios is one of the main problems with the leasehold system

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    ​Society governance latest

    9 October 2017

    The review of Law Society governance is now resulting in change being implemented, with more being considered.