Legal Practice Companion 2014/15

Legal Practice Companion 2014/15 cover


"...superbly written and accessible text...clear, accurate and engaging...a fantastic revision aid and superb supplement..." Student Law Journal

Montagu and Weston's Legal Practice Companion is firmly established as the leading support title for students undertaking the Legal Practice Course and a much-valued resource for trainees and lawyers in practice.

The unique approach and structure of the Legal Practice Companion:
Concisely covers all the core and compulsory LPC subjects in one accessible volume;
Presents the law and practice in a step-by-step format;
Breaks down topics in bullet points, making them easier to recall;
Uses graphics, flowcharts and checklists to explain complex areas;
Makes an excellent starting point for primary source research, as case or legislation citation is included wherever possible.

The Legal Practice Companion is the perfect one-stop study guide for LPC students. It is also an invaluable resource for trainees, solicitors and legal executives seeking a single volume overview of current law and practice.

Previous print edition ISBN: 9781780432069

Table of Contents

Graphical overview of scope of all SRA rules;
The SRA Code of Conduct and its 10 Principles;
You and your client;
Money laundering;
Funding a case;
You and your business;
You and others;
Complaints, Legal Ombudsman, SRA discipline;
Financial services;
Human rights;
Legal Services Act 2007;

Basic bookkeeping;
Advanced bookkeeping;
Bank reconciliations;
Partnership accounts;
Interpreting accounts;
Solicitors' Accounts Rules 2011;
Keeping accounts as a solicitor;

Income tax (IT);
Capital allowances;
Capital gains tax (CGT);
Inheritance tax (IHT);
Corporation tax (CT);
Close companies;
Assessment and payment of tax (IT, CGT, IHT, CT);
Value added tax (VAT);
Stamp duty;
Stamp duty reserve tax (SDRT);
Stamp duty land tax (SDLT);
Some planning ideas;

Wills, probate and administration:
Valid wills;
Contents of a will;
Problems which can arise;

A chronological conveyance;
Checking title and making searches;
Variations to the standard contract;
Security of tenure;

Limited liability partnerships;
Private companies limited by shares (unquoted);
Public companies;
Converting businesses;
Choice of business medium;
Competition and trading;
Commercial agreements;

Civil Litigation:
First steps;
Overview of proceedings;
Court matters applicable throughout litigation;
Starting proceedings;
Defendant's options;
Claimant's options;
Applications for court orders;
Interim remedies;
Offers to settle;
Allocation (and automatic transfer);
Small claims track;
Fast track;
Multi track;
Disclosure and inspection;
Trial preparations;
The trial;
Enforcing judgments;

Criminal Litigation:
Overview of the criminal process;
Criminal investigations;
Arrest and interview;
Court matters applicable generally;
Remand and bail;
Preparations for summary trial;
Summary trial;
Allocation and sending for trial;
Preparations for Crown Court hearings and trial;
Crown Court hearings and trial;
Sentencing powers;
Sentencing procedure and mitigation;
Evidence at trial.

Product details

Published 31 Aug 2014
Format Paperback
Edition 20th
Extent 704
ISBN 9781780434476
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Dimensions 297 x 210 mm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Gerald Montagu

Gerald Montagu leads Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP’s int…


Mark Weston

Mark Weston is a partner at Matthew Arnold and Bal…