Review of “obstructive and costly” SLAPPs

The Law Society of England and Wales is joining forces with media and other legal sector bodies to tackle the rise of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) which stifle freedom of the press to report on critical stories. Often associated with the extremely wealthy, SLAPPs are being used to prevent information being released into […]

Crisis in local government will slow plans for progress

A local government workforce crisis is threatening vital local services – particularly relied on by those who urgently need support – with more than 9 in 10 councils experiencing staff recruitment and retention difficulties, a new survey reveals. The Local Government Association, which represents councils across England, has published its 2022 Workforce Survey which identifies […]

Update Your Will Week 2023 highlights lack of parental planning

Seven out of ten parents across the UK have no legal guardian in place to care for their children in the event of their deaths, according to research commissioned by Solicitors for the Elderly (SfE). The research has been done ahead of “Update Your Will Week 2023,” which begins today and finishes on 29th January […]

Business Branding vs Personal Branding

Over the last few weeks, Legal Growth Founder – Tom Stansfield has been traveling up and down the country attending client meetings, hosting training for law firms, attending conferences and meeting prospective clients. Some of this has been documented on both the Legal Growth socials but also on Tom’s… Why? It’s all about business branding, […]

Calling for pre-paid probate regulation

pre-paid probate regulation

We recently wrote about the welcome regulation of funeral plan providers by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It has become painfully clear how crucial regulation is after the company Safe Hands went into administration earlier this year. Their customers’ funeral plans have been voided and it is likely that no more than 20% of their […]

STEP announces improved delivery of its Diploma qualification

STEP

The membership body STEP has announced it will “make it easier for professionals to meet their career needs” by introducing improvements to how its Diploma qualifications are delivered. This change brings enhanced flexibility, incorporating local, international and STEP-recognised content. It is part of STEP’s global approach to supporting professional development at each career stage. STEP is […]

Podcast: Prepaid Probate… what’s it all about?

Today's Wills and Probate Podcast

In this latest Today’s Wills and Probate podcast David Opie is joined by the CEO of Probate Protect, Chris Cauvain. Chris discusses the professional, and personal, journey which has led him to setting up a prepaid probate business alongside his business partners. With the regulation of funeral planning nearly upon us, is prepaid probate the […]

How UWOs help in the fight against money laundering

UWOs

Unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) were introduced four years ago to help tackle the problem of money laundering by high-net worth individuals, often with foreign and political connections. The concept of recovery of criminal proceeds has persisted in the UK for some time. Tools such as a civil recovery order have been available and commonly used […]

Law Society comments on SQE fee increase

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) fees will be increasing by 3.4% from October 2022. SQE1 will rise from £1,558 to £1,622 and SQE2 from £2,422 to £2,493. Law Society of England and Wales president I. Stephanie Boyce said: “We understand that businesses and institutions across England and Wales […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day: Women in Wills

Women in Wills

Women in Wills, in partnership with Today’s Media, has been a recognised platform for championing and supporting women in the sector since it was first founded just a few years ago. So what better day to reflect on the group’s successes and upcoming event, than today, on International Women’s Day! Women in Wills was founded […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day: The Society of Will Writers

On International Women’s Day, we thought it would be important to discuss women’s roles in the wills and estate planning industry. As gender equality, feminism and empowerment for women is in the public eye more frequently, more and more women are realising that estate planning and writing a will is extremely important. Women are increasingly […]

International Women’s Day: landmark year for women in law

Women in law

2022 marks 100 years since Carrie Morrison was admitted as the first woman solicitor in England and Wales. In December 1922, following the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, Carrie Morrison was the first to make it across the line to qualification, with Mary Pickup, Mary Sykes and Maud Crofts also admitted. Carrie Morrison argued for […]

Digital Signatures – “Yes! You can!” – Today’s Wills and Probate Podcast

Today's Wills and Probate Podcast

In this podcast David Opie is joined by Charlotte Ponder, Legal Director at CTT Group (formerly Countrywide Tax and Trust Corporation) and Chris Jones, Managing Director and ICON-UK to discuss the progress being made on the introduction of electronic signatures in legal services. Both Charlotte and Chris are members of the Industry Working Group on […]

Collaborative thinking – with WillSuite

WillSuite are huge advocates for collaborative thinking, forming the right partnerships and for education. Group Head of Growth – Tom Stansfield helped to launch the College of Will Writing during his tenure with The Society of Will Writers and strongly believes in self-development and knowledge being the key to success for any professional. Over the […]

Equity in UK homes reaches all-time high

Research and analysis conducted by Canada Life, the assurance and financial services organisation, shows that UK homeowners now have over £740 billion of available equity release. Canada Life’s analysis of figures for Q3 2021, taken from the Halifax price index, show that this is the first time that available equity release has reached such a […]

How legal tech is enhancing the probate process

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the legal sector has lagged behind many other sectors in terms of technology adoption across the years. However, in recent times there has been a notable shift in both mindset and practice, with various SaaS-based products coming into play and covering everything from basic practice management through to AI-driven […]

LPAs, Deputyship, Financial Assessments & Challenges

If you have been assisting your clients with their Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney as part of their planning for the future, do you know what could happen next? By attending our LPAs, Deputyship, Financial Assessments & Challenges course, you can equip yourself for the ‘next stage’ of advising and assisting your clients, and […]

Are your middle-income clients getting quietly pushed into higher death duty brackets?

According to several think tanks, thousands of middle-income families are now heading towards the 40pc bracket for inheritance tax (IHT). This is partly due to rising property prices, but is also due to the five year freeze in tax allowances announced in the spring.   Whilst more middle income earners find themselves with higher value assets and bigger pots of savings, the IHT allowance will remain steady at £325,000 […]