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28 August 2015

City Legal Index suggests UK recovery may stall

Legal services are used by all businesses and sectors, so the City Legal Index provides a useful overview of the economy and how different sectors are faring. There is evidence that the number of legal deals may be used as an indicator of the direction of future growth in the economy. The latest Law Society/Legal Monitor City Legal Index shows:

  • a sharp fall in the number of deals for the energy and utilities sector
  • a decline in deals for the technology, media and telecoms sector
  • an increase in deals for the finance and banking, real estate and construction, and manufacturing sectors
  • signs that the average value of deals may be increasing

Read the latest City Legal Index report

City Legal Index

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Blog: latest from the president

In his latest video blog, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers discusses our action in response to the latest government proposals to increase court fees and close 91 courts and tribunals.

He talks about how our interactive map has been received by the media and how it's helping us form our consultation response. Jonathan also shares his feedback on international conferences with law societies and bar associations in the US and Canada.
Watch the video


Jonathan Smithers

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Court charges policy is failing

In a letter published in the Independent, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers says that extortionate criminal court charges need to be urgently changed. He warns that victims are being denied compensation as a result of the charges.
Read the letter

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New Law Society strategy: we want your views

There's still time to let us know what you think about our future strategy to represent, support and promote our members.

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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Court closures

Write to your MP

It is important that decision-makers in Westminster and Whitehall are aware of the impact of the closures and integration of courts in their constituencies. We urge you to write to your local MP to highlight the proposals and the practical impact that these proposals will have on the ground.
Download our campaigner pack - includes a template letter

Last chance to complete our survey - deadline: 31 August

Have your say on the government proposals to close 91 courts and tribunals in England and Wales.
Complete our survey - deadline: 31 August
More on the court closures and view our interactive map

Further hikes to court and tribunal fees: have your say

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Speaking opportunity at English law day in Beijing

UK law firms interested in China have the opportunity to present to an audience of potential future Chinese business partners and clients, at our one-day conference in Beijing. We will showcase UK legal expertise by focusing on the application of English law in trade and investment.
Read more

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Collect your diversity data safely and quickly

Are you prepared for this year's diversity data submission to the SRA? Riliance provide 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 SRA requirements.
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Council vacancies

Do you want to make a real difference to solicitors in England and Wales? We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic solicitors from all types of practice area to join our Council in the Merseyside and District constituency and the Yorkshire constituency.
Find out more and apply - deadline: 25 September

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Lexcel People Management Toolkit, 2nd edition

Having the appropriate people management policies and procedures in place makes a real difference to the effectiveness and efficiency of your staff recruitment and retention. It is important for both your employees' development and the management of staff departures.

This toolkit is the essential guide to this area and has been fully updated to Lexcel Version 6.

Order your copy

Execution of Documents, 3rd edition

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Training and events

In-house Division top tips for enhancing performance - 2 CPD hours

This workshop will examine the challenges faced by in-house lawyers and suggest practical tips for increased efficiency and greater effectiveness. It will explore the idea of transformational leadership, what emotionally intelligent leadership looks and feels like, different leadership styles and building teams.
Book now - 10 September
Find out more about the In-house Division

Dealing with HMRC's clamp down on tax evasion and non-compliance - 1 CPD hour

This webinar will cover HMRC's approach to tax avoidance and how the line between avoidance and planning has become blurred. It will also provide guidance on options available to clients that have tax planning challenged by HMRC or need to make a disclosure of non-compliance
Book now - 11 September

Small Firms Division annual conference - Leeds - 3.5 CPD hours

This year's event will provide you with a wealth of advice to help your firm develop and thrive in the current market. Sessions will focus on areas such as maximising profitability, HR issues and the five biggest pitfalls for small firms (and how to avoid them). Early booking offer closes on 11 September.
Book now - 6 October
Find out more about the Small Firms Division


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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
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PII funding: get an instant quote

PII can be one of the biggest costs a law firm faces, and can put significant pressure on your firm's cashflow. Get an instant online quote from Syscap to spread the cost of your premium over 12 or 18 months and protect your working capital.
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Making the most of your membership


Hertz is the Law Society's endorsed provider of car hire services offering five per cent off best available retail rates.
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Certainty is the Law Society's endorsed provider of a national will register and used by thousands of solicitors everyday to register and search for wills.
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