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17 September 2015

Law Society warns against further court fee increases

In our latest consultation response, the Law Society has criticised the government's plans to further increase court and tribunal fees.

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said:

'There has been no assessment of the impact of increases, just six months ago, of more than 600 per cent. Raising the fees further may render ordinary people's legal rights meaningless because they simply would not be able to afford to enforce them.'


Read our consultation response
Read our press release
Letter to The Independent: Extortionate court fees hit the poor

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CPD training: updated practice note

The current CPD system is being replaced by the continuing competence scheme. As of April this year, solicitors can choose to move to the new approach and it will apply to all from 1 November 2016. Our updated practice note explains the transitional arrangements and gives advice on how to get the most from your CPD activities.
Read the practice note

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Don't get scammed

We've had further reports of solicitors being phoned by fraudsters posing as bank fraud prevention teams, to steal money from firm client accounts. BBC's Moneybox recently reported on a woman being conned in a similar way. For help with prevention measures:

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Diversity Access Scheme supports exceptional legal talent

The Law Society's flagship social mobility initiative, the Diversity Access Scheme, addresses the three main barriers to a career in the legal profession: finance, professional networks and work experience.

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers explains the background to the scheme, how firms can get involved and where some of the alumni of the scheme are now.
Read more about the scheme


Jonathan Smithers

The Law Society is delighted to announce the eleven awardees of this year's Law Society Diversity Access Scheme scholarships.

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SRA training proposals will disproportionately affect poorer students

The Law Society is warning that the SRA's proposal to remove approved pathways to the solicitors' profession carries a significant risk of adversely affecting less-advantaged students.
Read our press release and consultation response

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Blog: Human rights work at the Law Society - get involved

The Law Society carries out a wide range of human rights work both domestically and internationally.

In our latest blog, human rights policy adviser Sarah Smith explains what we do and how you can get involved.

Read the blog


Plant in hands

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Solicitors are vital in helping UK businesses understand human rights

We want to ensure that solicitors are fully equipped to advise on the business and human rights concerns of clients. We're asking our members to help shape our guidance and support in this area. Members can take part by attending one of our workshops or by completing an online survey.
Read more about the programme and attend a workshop

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Consumer Code for Home Builders consultation

The Consumer Code for Home Builders gives protection and rights to purchasers of new homes. A review of the code has been announced and we'd like to hear your views.
Find out more

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Places available on mentoring scheme

There are still some places available for solicitors from all areas of practice to join a mentoring scheme to support the career progression of solicitors from groups under-represented in more senior roles in the profession - including women, black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, LGBT and disabled solicitors.
Apply to become a mentor or a mentee



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Lexcel Client Care Toolkit, 3rd edition

Save time and money by creating your own client care policies using the templates in this invaluable toolkit. They offer a fast and straightforward way to draw up bespoke policies tailored to your firm's needs.

This edition contains a range of template client care policies to help you achieve best practice (with or without Lexcel accreditation).

Order your copy

Execution of Documents, 3rd edition

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Training and events

Commercial litigation conference 2015 - 3 CPD hours

This event will assess the development and impact of the Jackson reforms on the commercial litigation landscape. Litigators will learn about and share experiences of the latest Jackson-related developments, with a high-calibre lineup of judges, litigation solicitors and costs experts.
Book now - 5 October

The solicitor as professional deputy - 1 CPD hour

In this webinar, Daniel Lumb, a panel deputy at the Court of Protection, will provide practical tips and guidance on making an application for deputyship, the challenges of efficient annual management, what is required in the annual report, charging, handling investments, financial abuse and dealing with the NHS and local authorities.
Book now - 7 October (20 per cent discount for Private Client Section members)

Private Client Section: elderly client care conference 2015 - 5 CPD hours

This event will provide the latest information for solicitors dealing with clients with mental capacity issues and dementia, and explore the changing landscape for funding of adult social care. Recent developments, including The Care Act, will also be explained and practical examples given. Speakers include legal experts, representatives from the British Medical Association, Office of the Public Guardian and Care Quality Commission, with Angela Rippon OBE providing a charity update.
Book now - 16 October
Join the Private Client Section


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Compliance support forums for COLPs/COFAs: protect your firm from cybercrime - 3 CPD hours

Law firms and in-house legal departments are attractive targets for cyber-attacks due to the sensitive information they hold. These forums will provide vital support and guidance on how cyber security ties in with your regulatory obligations, cyber threats to your business and you, and cyber-attacks (phishing and hacking) and their impact.
Book now - various dates

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Spread the cost of your SRA fees

This year your SRA fees will be paid even quicker if you choose to spread the cost of your practising certificates through Syscap, the Law Society's only endorsed finance provider. Syscap aims to make payment within 24 hours of application.
Find out more



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Making the most of your membership


Moneypenny can support or replace your current receptionists, helping to raise service levels, drive down overheads and improve your client experience.
Find out more


All Law Society members qualify for a discount of £1,000 on purchase of any new Maserati model sold through the official Maserati dealer network.
Find out more

View all membership benefits

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