Sanctions Regime - Enforcement - Guidance Issued

Sanctions Regime - Enforcement - Guidance Issued

OFSI have issued guidance on how this will be done. OFSI is part of the UK Government Treasury which runs the UK Sanctions regime. (OFSI stands for 'Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation'.) The Guidance was issued in March 2023. Summary of Contents The Guidance sets out: • an explanation of the powers given to the […]

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QWE Confirmation - Lovely Testimonial

We don't publish most of the thanks and testimonials we get, but here is one. It is from Firas Jayyusi, Senior Consultant at Cedar White Bradley "Only a few people would have the chance to come across a remarkable professional like Ingemar. Ingemar, and his amazing team, helped me with the confirmation of my Qualifying […]

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Civil Legal Aid Franchise Tender Application Deadline Expires 31.3.23

The deadline is 5pm on 31st March 2023. Contracts are planned to start 1st September 2023. This is for the following Practice areas: • Family• Housing, Debt and Welfare Benefits• Immigration and Asylum (including work at Immigration Removal Centres)• Mental Health• Community Care• Claims Against Public Authorities (formerly known as ‘Actions Against the Police etc’)• […]

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Foreign Qualified Solicitors – Qualifying as an English Solicitor where your jurisdiction has an Agreed Exemption - SQE

We have checked out the process with the SRA. The Agreed Exemption applies with regard to the application for exemption from SQE2. You fill in the details through your ‘MySRA’ profile on the SARA website. The Agreed Exemption does NOT apply to any other exemption you are applying for – such as exemption from the […]

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SRA - Holding Client Money & Providing Banking Facilities- Guidance

The SRA has issued some guidance on the situation when a client has approached a firm asking them to hold monies on their behalf, but the firm does not wish to do so.  First of all it is worth pointing out that it is up to the firm to decide whether it has a Client […]

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Legal Ombudsman Rules Changes – come into effect 1st April 2023

These changes will come into effect on 1st April 2023. In summary: 1 – A change to time limits for referring a complaint to the LEO (reduced to 1 year from the date of the act or omission giving rise to the complaint, or date of knowledge) 2 – Discretion to decline to issue a […]

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QWE Exemption for Foreign Qualified Lawyers

Our lead consultant, Ingemar Hunnings, has spoken with Tim Prior, Authorisation Officer at the SRA on 22nd February 2023 to get clarification on this. Tim was quite clear in his response. Foreign Qualified Lawyers who are taking the SQE1 and SQE2 exams are exempt from the requirement for Qualifying Work Experience (QWE). This is the […]

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SQE2 Exemption Applications - Ukrainian, Russian & Belarussian qualified lawyers

If you are a foreign qualified lawyer from Ukraine, Russia or Belarus (and other ex-Warsaw Pact or Soviet Union countries), the set up of your legal profession, inherited from soviet days, would appear to present a problem if you are seeking exemption from the SQE2 exam on your route to qualifying as a solicitor of […]

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Civil Litigation - major change in costs rules

By statutory instrument the UK government quietly brought in a major change to the costs & damages regime for England & Wales. This will come into effect for all cases issued in the courts from 6th April 2023. The LS Gazette reports that the government has quietly changed the CPR at the beginning of February […]

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New ban on providing Trust Services to those connected to Russia

The Government's financial sanctions regime now includes a ban on providing trust services to those connected with Russia. The UK regime is operated by the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI). The measures are imposed by the Government to achieve specific foreign policy or national security objectives. There have been a number of changes to the […]

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"We at Spires Legal wholeheartedly recommend Ingemar and his team at Hunnings Consultancy Ltd. Ingemar has supported us throughout our journey from new start up to established firm. It is refreshing to have a consultant that takes the time to understand your business and its priorities, stands by your side as it develops and is flexible in approach as your needs change.
The feedback we have from our team, and which we regularly hear from others is that Ingemar is an insightful and knowledgeable trainer who is comprehensive yet engaging in his approach. Still unsure? Five minutes on the phone with Ingemar and you will be sold on how much value he can add to your business!"

Arj Arul - Director at Spires Legal

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