June 2017 October 09 1 North West Law General election 2017: Law Society launches vision for law and justice Whoever wins the general election should put access to justice at the heart of their plans for post-Brexit Britain, the Law Society of England and Wales said today as it launched its General election 2017: Our vision for law and justice. Unveiling a five-point plan, Law Society president Robert Bourns said: "The legal sector of England and Wales underpins the UK economy - our law enables global commerce so it is vital that however Britain is led after the election, reciprocal arrangements are negotiated so our lawyers can practise law in the EU. "Legal services employ and train more than 380,000 people - the sector was worth £25.7bn in 2015 and it's growing. Every time turnover in the legal sector goes up by £1, it creates £1.39 in the wider economy." Robert Bourns added: "Early legal advice also prevents difficult societal and personal situations escalating. So if you've a problem with housing, how immeasurably better to solve that before you and your family become homeless - which is also likely Legal eagle turns author to share his top tips for making a will James Beresford The Monthly Publication of the Manchester Law Society In association with A lawyer who advises Premier League footballers and TV stars on managing their money has turned his talents to writing. Wills specialist, James Beresford, has drawn on his 10 years’ experience in the field to write ‘No Will – No Say,’ a simple and practical guide to wills and estate planning. From his first job at a small, high street law firm, the 35- year-old now heads up the wills, tax, trusts and probate team at law firm Slater and Gordon and says a will is a vital investment for everyone, regardless of how to cost the taxpayer far more than the initial legal advice." The Law Society's calls include: q Reinstate legal aid for early advice, particularly in housing and family law q Negotiate access for UK lawyers to practise law across the EU, base themselves in the EU, and have rights of audience and legal professional privilege in EU courts q Ensure civil justice co-operation is maintained with the EU in the interest of consumers, families and businesses q Combat modern slavery by enforcing the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and allocating the necessary resources to protect victims q Scrap the current employment tribunal fee system. much they leave behind. An estimated 60 per cent of the population have yet to make a will, an official document which lists what should be done with your property and possessions when you die. Even those who have one may need to update it if, for example, they start a family, have a new partner or have moved to the UK from a country with different laws. James, 35, who advises a number of high-profile clients from the firm’s flagship office in Manchester city centre, said: “No one likes to talk about dying so we put off making a will, but it’s something that everyone needs to consider. “A lot of people do it after they have children because they want to make sure that if anything happens they will be looked after and provided for. “There are a lot of common pitfalls though – such as the belief that your ‘common law’ spouse will inherit your estate, which isn’t true. That’s why it’s so important to get the right advice.” Manchester Legal Awards 2017 principal sponsors President’s Charity of the Year Although the contents of your will could be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, James says many people try to cut corners – and beneficiaries pay the price. On one occasion, a man amended a relative’s will to try and save money and inadvertently disinherited himself. James, who also lectures to colleagues and law students on the subject, added: “People think they’ll save money by doing it themselves, but by going with a cheap or ‘DIY’ will they could be creating problems for their loved ones in the future if there’s a mistake or someone tries to dispute their wishes.” ‘No will – no say’ also offers advice on related topics such as inheritance tax and how to plan for the future if for example, you have a child who needs specialist care or fear you may no longer be able to make decisions for yourself. ‘No will – no say ‘ is available online at books.telegraph.co.uk or for more information go to slatergordon.co.uk.