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7 August 2015

Our strategic aims for the next three years: we want your views

To make sure we meet our members' needs, we are developing a new strategy for the Law Society.

By responding to a short survey you can tell us what you think about our draft strategic aims.

Please take a moment to give us your thoughts.

Take the survey - deadline: 11 September

Blog: Help us develop the Law Society's new strategy - chief executive Catherine Dixon

The Law Society

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Health and wellbeing

Drop in lawyers' sick days, but high stress levels continue

Solicitors continue to be in better health than the general population and the average number of sick days they take has fallen. However, most solicitors continue to work under moderate stress, according to our research on the health and wellbeing of solicitors.
Read our press release for the main findings
Read the full report

Help and support

The Law Society offers several free and completely confidential helplines for members. Call us for information on personal, financial, professional and employment problems.
Find out more about our helplines

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Excellence Awards 2015

Finalists announced

The shortlist of finalists was announced this week for the Law Society Excellence Awards 2015. A panel of senior industry experts has selected solicitors and firms from across the legal profession.
View the shortlist

Book your tickets for the ceremony

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 4 Today and BBC News presenter Mishal Husain on 22 October at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London. Join us at this glittering black-tie event to celebrate a year of outstanding achievements.
Book your tickets

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Alternatives to client accounts

There has been considerable discussion around alternatives to client accounts in recent months. The SRA consulted in April on proposals to permit solicitors to use third-party managed accounts. If the SRA decides to go ahead with this proposal, the new rules are expected to apply from November 2015. However, solicitors should be clear that such a change would be a permissive one and would not be mandatory.
Find out more

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Join the Competition Section - the community for competition law practitioners

Membership of the Competition Section will give you the specialist support you need on the current issues affecting you and your organisation and includes access to exclusive online content, podcasts, topical webinars and networking opportunities.
Upcoming benefits include:

  • autumn seminars starting with conclusions from the CMA's energy market investigation
  • a webinar in October on legal privilege with Colin Passmore

Find out more and join today

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PII renewal market: guide to insurers

Our updated guide lists the insurers who intend to participate in the 2015-2016 professional indemnity insurance market, along with their financial security rating and size of firm they cover.
Read our guide to insurers
More PII advice and support

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Under-18 public sector YOIs to offer 30 hours of education

From 17 August, under-18 public sector young offender institutions (YOIs) will offer up to 30 hours of education to the young people in their care. The changes will affect when solicitors can make professional visits.
Find out more

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Summer sale - save 40 per cent

Save 40 per cent on selected Law Society Publishing titles during our summer sale. The selection includes great books such as:

View the full list of books in the sale - sale ends 31 August


Enforcement and Debt Recovery
2nd edition

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Training and events

Private Client Section: back to basics workshops - 2 CPD hours

These evening workshops will focus on problems and solutions for professional executors, trustees and attorneys. Attendees will have the chance to break into groups to debate and discuss potential solutions for case-study firms. The speakers will also share their own solutions to identify best practice.
Book now - discounted for Private Client Section members

Costs budgeting 2015 - 1 CPD hour

Practitioners are facing a variety of problems with costs budgeting - including a lack of uniformity of approach by the courts, confusion as to what can be claimed and difficulties with form H and the notes for guidance. This webinar will provide practical insight for practitioners on how to compile and adhere to budgets.
Book now - 15 September - included in Civil Litigation Section membership

Small Firms Division annual conferences - 3.5 CPD hours

Registration is now open for our annual conferences in London and Leeds, which promise to provide engaging conference sessions and excellent networking with peers in small and boutique practices. The focus of the events is to equip you with a wealth of practical advice to help your firm develop and thrive in the current market.
Book now - 24 September (Leeds), 6 October (London)
Find out more about the Small Firms Division


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Judicial appointments: interview training for solicitors - 5.5 CPD hours

In view of increasing competition for judicial appointments, this course will equip solicitor applicants with the skills to help enhance application and interview performance. Courses are taking place in London and Bristol.
Book now - various dates

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Making the most of your membership

Law Society Platinum Visa Card

All the features you would expect with a typical rate of 9.9 per cent APR (variable) on all purchases.
Find out more

First Title

First Title Insurance plc is the preferred provider of legal indemnity insurance for the Law Society.
Find out more

View all membership benefits

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