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30 July 2015

MoJ consults on further hikes to court and tribunal fees

The MoJ is consulting on a new maximum fee of £20,000 for money claims, and higher court and tribunal fees. Fees for divorce, possession claims and general applications will also increase.

We believe the proposals are a further assault on access to justice and we want our members' views to help inform our response to the government: how will these proposals affect you, your firm, your clients and community? What impact have the March 2015 fee increases had?


Send your comments and case studies to
Read more about the proposals

MoJ consults on closure of 91 courts and tribunals - more information and how to respond

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Professional indemnity insurance

2015-16 PII renewal market opens

If you are among the 80 per cent of firms renewing your PII on 1 October, read the Society's market outlook in our updated FAQs.

The SRA has not yet published a full list of participating insurers, but firms may wish to refer to our guide to insurers. It lists most of the insurers who intend to apply, along with their financial security rating and what size of firm they cover.

Purchasing the level of PII appropriate for your firm

A new 'outcome' in the SRA's Code of Conduct requires firms to assess and purchase the level of PII appropriate for their firm. Our updated advice has a list of factors firms should consider when assessing whether their PII arrangements are adequate. It also highlights situations where it may be prudent to purchase top-up or excess layer cover.
Read our guide to top-up or excess layer insurance (PDF)

More PII advice and support

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Law Society blog: managing and retaining talent in today's climate

Your staff are your key resource and having the best team around you is critical.

HR consultant Julie Nicholds discusses the steps you can take to identify, manage and retain the talent in your business.

Read the blog



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Employment tribunal fees: scheme has undermined access to justice

Employment tribunal cases have fallen by over 60 per cent in the two years since substantial charges were introduced for people wishing to bring a case against an employer.

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said:

'The £1,200 that a claimant must now pay for most types of cases is close to the average monthly salary, putting a tribunal well beyond the reach of many people, particularly those on lower incomes.'

Read our press release

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Code of good practice for recruitment of trainee solicitors

The Law Society has replaced the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a signatory to the voluntary code of practice for the recruitment of trainee solicitors. The code represents good practice in legal recruitment and supports firms and potential trainees.
Read our press release
Read the updated code
JLD comment: Code for recruitment of trainee solicitors is updated to reflect modern practices

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Boosting investment in Nigeria's capital markets

The Law Society has launched a report on ways to boost capital markets and attract domestic and international investment in Nigeria.
Find out more and read the report

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Lexcel accreditation - key dates affecting an award

Lexcel is the Law Society's legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care.

If your practice is considering applying for the Lexcel accreditation for the first time or reaccreditation, please aim to send in your application form no later than six weeks before the assessment date.


From the assessment date it can take between 15-26 weeks for an award to be granted.
More about Lexcel and timeframes for accreditation

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Developments in Wales - law and consultations

There are several new developments in Wales: the first tax bill has been introduced to the National Assembly for Wales, the Welsh Language Tribunal is consulting on its first practice directions, and the Law Commission's project on Welsh legislation has been launched.
Find out more

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A convenient way to collate your diversity data

It will soon be time to submit your diversity data to the SRA. Riliance provides a safe and anonymous online survey tool that you can use to collate the relevant information from your staff and produce a comprehensive report that mirrors the requirements of the SRA.
Find out more



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Good Practice in Child Care Cases, 3rd edition

This book is a concise guide to best practice for solicitors acting in public law Children Act cases, whether they are acting for a local authority, a parent, or a child.

It provides guidance on the conduct of cases and the particular approach required for less experienced practitioners who are not yet members of the Law Society's Children Panel.

Order today


Good Practice in Child Care Cases, 3rd edition

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Training and events

Commercial litigation conference 2015 - 3 CPD hours

The conference will assess the development and impact of the Jackson reforms on the commercial litigation landscape. You will hear from litigators on the frontline how the reforms have affected them and find out how firms have approached costs budgeting and overcome problems, and what to expect from the courts.
Book now - 5 October

National property law conference: the place for property practitioners - 5.5 CPD hours

Our flagship property conference will use a combination of plenary sessions and focused breakout sessions to explore ideas and solutions that will help you to develop your practice and support you as you prepare for the future.

Expert speakers will provide insight, techniques and guidance on a variety of key issues, including residential conveyancing, commercial property and CQS.

Book now - 9 October
Join the Property Section


Principal sponsor:

Stewart Title


Lexcel conference 2015: managing implementation - practical advice and guidance - 4.5 CPD hours

This year's conference will provide advice on the areas that Lexcel-accredited firms and legal departments have told us that they find most challenging when implementing and managing the Lexcel standard. These include using client feedback to improve client satisfaction and addressing the top five areas of non-compliance within risk management and case management.
Book now - 21 October
Find out more about Lexcel


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Commercial litigation update 2015 - 1 CPD hour

There have been lots of developments for commercial litigators to keep on top of in recent months. This webinar will look at costs and funding, Part 36 offers and settlement, disclosure and privilege, relief from sanctions, and what to look out for in 2016.
Book now - 10 November
Join the Advocacy Section

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TaxFunder now open

With 10m tax returns being made this year by small businesses, ensure that your firm doesn't leave it until the last minute. Get an instant quote to fund your bill over six or 12 months using Syscap's TaxFunder portal.
Find out more



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Making the most of your membership


Catax provides Law Society members with expert support on capital allowances.
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Eclipse is the Law Society's endorsed Practice Management Software provider.
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