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Solicitors Left Hanging As New Property Register Launches

By Marialuisa Taddia (July 29, 2022, 8:44 PM BST) -- Attorneys face significant new risks of criminal liability under the government's crackdown on foreign companies buying and selling properties in the U.K. that takes effect Monday. But a disagreement between the government and the Law Society over how severe the burden is has left solicitors scrambling.

The representative body of 150,000 solicitors in England and Wales is at odds with the government's crackdown on foreign companies buying and selling properties in the U.K., which could make lawyers criminally liable. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)) The government wants solicitors to play a key role in preventing the use of "dirty money" to buy U.K....

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