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Law Society: UK-Mexico trade talks should lock in legal services

The UK has started its free trade agreement (FTA) talks with Mexico, with solicitors’ leaders hoping negotiators will lock in current legal services market access and increase trade in other sectors. The International Trade Secretary launched negotiations on a new UK-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (FTA) alongside her Mexican counterpart, Tatiana Clouthier, in London last week. […]Read More

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Pension Superfund expands board appointments

The Pension SuperFund (PSF) has announced the appointment of eight Non-Executive Directors (NED)/Board members, covering both the corporate and sponsor operational sides of the business. David Barral: ex CEO of Aviva UK Life and also former Chair of the retirement and savings committee at the ABI; Sheila Gunn: employment and pensions lawyer in practice for 23 years; currently a NED […]Read More

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MOJ issues response to Modernising LPA consultation

The Ministry of Justice has published its response to the Modernising Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) consultation. Launched in July 2021 the Modernising LPA project which sought responses via industry consultation, aimed to increase safeguards, especially for the donor; improve the process of making and registering an LPA for donors, attorneys and third parties, and; […]Read More

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Retirement Living Standards now accessible to 35 million savers

Up to 35 million savers now have access to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA)’s Retirement Living Standards through their pension scheme’s communications. In total, 124 organisations are using the Standards, including over 100 pensions schemes and some of the largest and best-known industry brands. A further 25 schemes have signalled their intention to […]Read More

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OPG publishes FAQ guide for creating LPAs

The Office of Public Guardian (OPG) has published new blog posts outlining frequently asked questions it encounters when creating an LPA. Recent news reports and discussion on social media sites, such as LinkedIn, have highlighted long delays and a “deteriorating” service at the OPG in relation to LPA registration. In the blog, the OPG states, […]Read More

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Industry writes open letter to OPG over “failing” service and

A new industry body representing estate planners, the BEST Foundation, has organised and written an open letter to the OPG relating to problems within the service, particularly around delays to LPA registrations. The BEST Foundation has written an open letter to the OPG on behalf of several industry practitioners to highlight problems within the service […]Read More

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22% of wills made through legal advisers include charitable bequest

New figures released today show that solicitors and Will-writers are playing an increasingly important role in charitable Will-writing, with more than 1 in 5 Wills handled by UK legal advisers (22%) now including a donation to charity. The Savanta Will-writing survey, commissioned by Remember A Charity, reveals that 7 in 10 solicitors and Will-writers (71%) always or sometimes alert clients to the Inheritance Tax […]Read More

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Co-op Legal Services: revenue increase driven by probate and estate

Co-op Legal Services, the UK’s largest regulated provider of wills, estate planning and probate services, has reported a strong year of growth in its annual results with overall revenues having increased by 3% compared to the previous year (2021: £39m, 2020: £38m) and profits up by 28%. The strong performance has largely been driven by […]Read More

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