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4 September 2015

SRA discussion paper consultation: protecting clients' financial interests - have your say

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) discussion paper has revived most of last year's controversial proposals for changes to professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements without setting out a case for change. The Law Society believes that the risks of increased exposure and cost of PII for most firms seem likely to be exacerbated by some of the additional new proposals.
Read our summary of concerns and our response to the SRA, and have your say

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Clinical negligence

'Learn from mistakes before limiting patient redress', warns Law Society

The simplest and most effective way of reducing the cost of clinical negligence claims to the NHS is to reduce the harm caused to patients by negligent NHS care, the Law Society said in its response to a Department of Health pre-consultation.
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Do you practise in personal injury, clinical negligence or industrial/occupational disease?

The Law Society is in consultation with practitioners in the personal injury field of law to review the structure, entry criteria and assessment process of our accreditations in this sector. If you would like to be involved in this review, whether or not you are currently accredited with us, then we would like to hear from you. Please email to receive more information.

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What does the rule of law mean for lawyers practising today?

On Wednesday 2 September, Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, delivered a speech at the AIJA International Association of Young Lawyers annual event held at the Guildhall in London.
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Jonathan Smithers

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Law Society comments on proposal for Small Business Commissioner

The Law Society has published its response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' consultation on proposals to help smaller businesses facing contractual disputes with larger companies.
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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. The consultation closes this Sunday, 6 September.
Have your say

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ADR Directive - important update on information requirements

The Legal Ombudsman has withdrawn its application to the Legal Services Board to become an approved Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provider under the EU Directive on Consumer ADR. This unexpected move affects the information that you are required to provide to clients.
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Blog: Eight seconds to promote your firm

Meena Toor, Law Society multimedia editor, provides some top tips to promote your firm's website and make your content stand out from the crowd.
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websites blog

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Reading Room closed

A leak has been found above the entrance of the Law Society's Reading Room, and a contractor is due to come on site to repair it. We will post a notification on the Law Society website once the leak has been fixed and the Reading Room has been re-opened.

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Compliance and Ethics in Law Firms

One of the key features of outcomes-focused regulation is the expectation that everyone working in a law firm will demonstrate ethical and professional behaviours.

This practical book can be used by everyone who works in a law firm as it provides both a useful reminder of essential requirements for solicitors and an introduction to conduct, ethics and compliance obligations for non-legally trained members of the firm.

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Execution of Documents, 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 Jackson 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 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. Special booking rate closes on Friday 11 September.
Book now - 9 October
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Civil Litigation Section autumn conference - how to innovate and maximise profits - 2.25 CPD hours

Thought-provoking speakers will offer advice on ways to innovate and improve your litigation practice in order to maximise profitability. The half-day event features sessions on cost management and budgeting, bill format, pricing and profitability, and what in-house lawyers need from private practitioners and vice versa.
Book now - 22 October
Find out more about the Civil Litigation Section


Costs budgeting 2015

This webinar will provide practical insight for practitioners on how to compile and adhere to budgets. Areas covered will include defining assumptions, reviewing incurred costs, forecasting future costs, contingencies and defined scope, form H and the new guidance, monitoring budgets, variations and the effect of agreed and approved budgets on the detailed assessment of costs, and the format of bills. No charge for Civil Litigation Section members.
Book now - 15 October

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