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23 July 2015

Law Society president launches video blog

Watch the first short video from president Jonathan Smithers, as part of his new video blog, updating you on the Law Society's campaigns and activities.

In this video, Jonathan discusses mass data retention legislation, proposals to change the way solicitors qualify, the UK-China law programme, court closures, and criminal legal aid.
Watch the video


Law Society president, Jonathan Smithers

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MoJ consults on closure of 91 courts and tribunals

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is consulting on closing 91 courts and tribunals across England and Wales, and merging or integrating 31 more.
Find out more, including how to respond

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Law Society responds to criticism of family advocacy

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers has written to justice minister Shailesh Vara in response to comments from the Bar Council and the Family Law Bar Association on the quality of family advocacy services.
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Civil legal aid: exceptional cases funding

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers responded to a Guardian article on exceptional cases funding, following a high court ruling that the funding scheme is not working.
Read the letter on the Guardian website

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Preliminary notice of Council election

A vacancy has arisen for a Council member in the Holborn constituency after the resignation of the former member, David Morgan.
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Bank of England announces extension of CHAPS settlement hours

The Bank of England has announced plans to extend the Clearing House Automated Payment System (CHAPS) settlement day from summer 2016. The extended hours will align more closely with the typical business day.
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Law Society blog: seven top tips for leading and developing legal teams

Watch the Red Arrows and it's obvious what great teamwork looks like. There's a perfectly executed plan, and each member of the team plays a specific role. But how does this apply to a team of experts - like lawyers - who have individual areas of expertise and often work on cases alone? Executive coach and former lawyer Anne Waldron offers practical tips for successful team development.
Read the blog post


Red Arrows leadership image

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Pro bono case study from Excellence in Pro Bono winners, DLA Piper

In this brief article, the 2014 Excellence in Pro Bono award winners, DLA Piper UK LLP, describe some of their recent pro bono work.
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Join the Civil Litigation Section - specialist content and support for litigators

Membership of the Civil Litigation Section will give you the support you need on the current issues affecting you and your practice and includes access to exclusive online content, e-newsletters, topical webinars and networking opportunities. Upcoming benefits include:

Find out more and join today

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Conveyancing Handbook, 22nd edition

This new 22nd edition presents up-to-date guidance on good practice in residential conveyancing and is a reliable and current source of reference to answer the common queries arising from day-to-day transactions.
Order before 31 July 2015 and save £10!
Also available on EPUB


Conveyancing Handbook

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Practice notes

Law Society practice notes are an invaluable resource of solution-focused advice and good practice in particular areas of law. Following the advice will make it easier to account to oversight bodies for your actions. A few of our latest practice notes are:

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Practice notes

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Training and events

Webinar: pitching for business and winning at beauty parades

This webinar will show you what you need to consider and how to win new business. Along with practical examples to help you prepare your next pitch, topics covered include what preparation is necessary, understanding the clients needs and concern, preparing others on your team, and getting the post-pitch debrief right.
Book now - 8 September

Private Client Section: elderly client care conference 2015 - 5 CPD hours

Speakers including lawyers, doctors, academics and experts from the charity sector will explain what solicitors need to know when dealing with mental capacity issues, clients living with dementia and the changing landscape in respect of the funding of adult social care. Recent developments, including The Care Act, will also be explained and practical examples will be given.
Book now - 16 October

Law Management Section finance and business conference 2015 - 6 CPD hours

The annual conference will provide you with a great opportunity to discuss new ideas to help your firm remain profitable in the current challenging environment. This year's conference will feature knowledgeable and inspirational speakers who will give practical and insightful guidance on finding efficiencies, managing risk and achieving success.
Book now - 11 November

Anti-money laundering and financial crime conference 2015 - 5.75 CPD hours

This conference will help you to remain at the forefront of developments in financial crime and anti-money laundering (AML) compliance. The conference brings together policy makers, law enforcement, regulators, academics and industry experts who will look at the changes ahead, current policy development approaches and other hot topics such as cybercrime and the sanctions regime.
Book now - 18 November

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Making the most of your membership


Lark's bespoke Law Society motor insurance scheme, underwritten by Aviva.
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Price Bailey

Price Bailey offer Society members expert accounting services, including access to a free advice hotline.
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