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Client Due Diligence: Dealing with clients and law firms remotely

Guest post by Matthew Moore of InfoLegal  Many firms have asked what they should do about undertaking client due diligence (CDD) while their offices are closed or the client is self-isolating in accordance with Government guidelines. The firm’s policy is likely to require sight of the original docu…

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Succession planning for agricultural tenants

The Tenant Farming Commissioner recently released guidance on the available options for dealing with the succession of agricultural tenancies. This guidance should not be overlooked by tenant farmers, particularly when the farm business includes a family home. Agricultural tenants should be advised…

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Government clampdown on whiplash fraud challenges access to justice

Government reforms of the Civil Liability Act are due to come into force in April 2020, which will increase the Small Claims Court threshold from £1,000 to £5,000 for road traffic accident claims (including whiplash) and from £1,000 to £2,000 for other personal injury matters. In practice, these mea…

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Alternative ways of having children

A surrogacy storyline featured recently in The Archers shows just how far mainstream society has come in acknowledging the alternative ways people can have children. It wasn’t that long ago that gay and single people in the UK were unable to adopt, but now a record number of gay people are adopters.…

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Why performance skills are critical for lawyers

It’s time for a rethink about the language of skill development. For too long, ‘soft skills’ have been the poor relative of ‘technical skills’, neglected in training plans and languishing somewhere near the bottom of a busy lawyer’s to-do list. What if we rebranded them ‘performance skills’? After…

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How to get your team pulling in the same direction

The chances are that when you decided to pursue a career as a lawyer, it wasn’t for the prospect of managing a team in the future. Progression and promotion will often add people management to your list of responsibilities, but this is a daunting prospect for many. For law firms, people are the mos…

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