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New practice note: client account scams | Costs and clinical negligence | Further court fee increases: online survey

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21 August 2015

Practice note issued on protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam

The Law Society has published a practice note aimed at helping law firms recover if they have fallen victim to a client account scam. The advice aims to help firms overcome the problems that arise and which, in the worst-case scenario, could lead to bankruptcy of individual partners and the firm's closure.
Read more
Read the practice note

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Clinical negligence

Proposals to introduce fixed recoverable fees

Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon considers the Department of Health's proposal to fix costs in clinical negligence and asks whether tackling negligent NHS care would be a better solution.
Read Catherine's article in the Gazette

Complete our survey

What do you think of the proposals? We are seeking members' views ahead of the Department of Health's consultation.
Complete our survey - deadline: 27 August

Catherine Dixon

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Further court fee increases - give us your views

The Ministry of Justice is proposing further increases to court and tribunal fees. These increases are in addition to the higher fees introduced in March 2015. We need to know how the new proposals will affect you and your clients and the impact of the March fee increases.
Complete our short online survey
Further information about the new fees

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New mentoring scheme: applications open

The Law Society is launching a mentoring programme for practising solicitors from under-represented groups and is inviting solicitors who would like to be mentors or mentees to apply.
Find out more and register as a mentor/mentee


Law Society mentoring

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Blog: conveyancing - is the reward worth the risk?

Professional indemnity specialist Mark Carver outlines shifts in conveyancing fees and associated risk from a PII perspective, based on a new report.
Read the blog


woman's hands protecting a house

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PII renewal: read our updated practice note

Our updated practice note has detailed advice on:

  • the regulatory requirements for professional indemnity insurance
  • how much cover is required
  • the market outlook

Read the updated practice note
Read our guide to insurers - includes information on new entrants, their financial security rating and the size of the firm they cover
New Solicitors Regulation Authority participating insurer agreement 2015-16

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Government consultation on gender pay information

The government is seeking views on proposals to require larger employers to publish gender pay information. These regulations will cover private and voluntary sector employers in England, Scotland and Wales with at least 250 employees.
Read more - the consultation closes on 6 September

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Execution of Documents, 3rd edition

This book provides a practical guide to:

  • the execution of documents such as deeds, contracts, powers of attorney, statutory declarations, and documents used in litigation, and
  • understanding the legal background of different types of legal entity, and associated practice issues concerning execution of documents.
Order your copy

Execution of Documents, 3rd edition

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Training and events

Opening of the legal year seminars

The Bar Council and the Law Society will be hosting two free parallel seminars for international bar leaders and practitioners on 30 September. An expert panel will examine challenges to client confidentiality and legal professional privilege in the digital age and the role and treatment of witnesses across the globe. Places will be confirmed in September.
Challenges to client confidentiality and LPP in the digital age - book now
Witnesses: their role and treatment across the globe - book now

Small Firms Division annual conferences - 3.5 CPD hours

Places are still available 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 events will equip you with a wealth of practical advice to help your firm develop and thrive in the current market.
Book now
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 the increasing competition for judicial appointments, this course will equip solicitor applicants with skills that will help to enhance application and interview performance. Courses are taking place in London and Bristol.
Book now

Contract law update 2015 - 1 CPD hour

This practical seminar will bring you up to date with the latest case law in this crucial and fast-changing area of law. The seminar will also help you to understand the Consumer Rights Act 2015, the latest on good faith, exclusion of loss of profits and termination notice, transfer of a contract, and more.
Book now - 10 September

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Making the most of your membership

Austin Reed

Law Society members enjoy 20 per cent off full price items and 10 per cent off sale and promotional items at Austin Reed.
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View all membership benefits

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