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10 September 2015

Making employment tribunals work for all

This week, the Law Society published proposals to improve the employment tribunal structure for employees, employers, and the administration of justice.

We have warned that unlawful employment practices will continue to go unpunished unless the tribunal system is overhauled.
Read our proposals
Press release: Employment tribunal system needs radical reform


Employment contract

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Updated advice: how to comply with ADR regulations from October 2015

We have updated our advice for firms on how to comply with regulations implementing the EU alternative dispute resolution (ADR) directive. It follows the Legal Ombudsman's decision on 28 August to withdraw its application to become an approved ADR provider.
Read our updated advice

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Blog: winning new clients - as easy as one, two, three

The aim of any law firm going into a competitive tender for work will be to win.

In this blog post, David Yeoward from Law Society Consulting outlines how you can make your bid process stress-free.
Read the blog


Jonathan Smithers

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SRA to continue consumer credit regulation role, following Law Society representation

The Law Society is pleased that the SRA has chosen to continue to be a designated professional body for the regulation of consumer credit activity. Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said:

'The SRA has listened to the profession and accepted that solicitors undertake consumer credit work as part of their everyday business activities and therefore it should not be regulated separately.'

Read our press release

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Support for in-house lawyers

Our In-house Division provides support and advice on key issues facing all in-house lawyers, in the corporate and public sectors along with not-for-profit organisations and charities. This autumn, we are running a number of roundtables, seminars, and workshops for in-house lawyers including our In-house Division launch and meet-the-committee events:

Find out more about the division and future events

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Land Registry: change to documents required for first registration

The Land Registry has changed the documents it requires when a customer applies to register a first registration.
Find out more

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New classifications for supervision of deputies

The Office of the Public Guardian has changed the way it classifies its levels of supervision for deputies.
Find out more

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Family Law Protocol, 4th edition

This authoritative set of best practice guidelines has been comprehensively updated to cover all the changes since 2010 and includes two new chapters on forced marriage and alternative pathways to parenthood.

Endorsed by the president of the Family Division, the protocol is the standard by which members of the Law Society and Resolution are judged.

Order your copy
Also available on EPUB


Execution of Documents, 3rd edition

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Society gives evidence on Equality Act implementation

This week Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, chair of the Law Society's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee, gave oral evidence to the House of Lords select committee inquiry into the implementation of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to disability. Our written submission will be available shortly on our website.
Read coverage in the Gazette

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Resolving civil disputes: have your say

The Civil Justice Council is asking solicitors to complete a short survey on the barriers that may deter individuals from seeking to resolve civil disputes. The results will be used to help inform its work programme for the next year.
Take the survey - deadline: 20 September
Any queries can be directed to

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Law Society Reading Room has re-opened

Following maintenance, repairs are now completed on the roof of the Reading Room where a leak had been detected. This prestigious setting for meetings with clients or colleagues is open again for members. The café offers grilled sandwiches and sweet treats, as well as a choice of Italian coffees and English teas.

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Training and events

A beginner's guide to lasting powers of attorney and the Court of Protection - 1 CPD hour

This webinar will look at the history of the Court of Protection and its limitations and anticipated future changes. It will also examine LPAs, how to avoid invalid provisions, applications to the Court of Protection, funding arrangements, and recent case law.
Book now - 29 September

Small Firms Division annual conference - Leeds - 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 opportunities 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 - 6 October
Find out more about the Small Firms Division


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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
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Law Management Section finance and business conference 2015 - 6 CPD hours

This annual conference will provide you with a great opportunity to discuss new ideas to help your firm remain profitable in the current challenging environment. It will feature knowledgeable and inspirational speakers who will give practical and insightful guidance on finding efficiencies, managing risk and achieving success.
Book now - 17 November

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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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Ensure you meet the diversity data collection deadline

The deadline for the SRA's diversity data collection is 30 September. 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 SRA requirements.
Find out more



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Making the most of your membership


BankersAccuity offers members specially negotiated rates on PEP and Sanctions screening.
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Syscap is the Law Society's endorsed provider for a range of financial solutions for members.
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