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24 September 2015

Justice for all campaign

The Law Society's Justice for all campaign encompasses a number of areas where we work to ensure that the justice system remains accessible to all, regardless of wealth or status.

The focus areas are: changes to legal aid funding, court fee increases, the introduction of fixed fees for clinical negligence, and court closures.
More about the campaign

Justice for all

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Law Society at party conferences

The Law Society is at political party conferences in September and October, communicating our key asks on access to justice, the economic value of the legal profession and the integrity of the legal system to decision makers.
Read our Priorities for justice leaflet (PDF)

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Ethics and the legal profession: complete our survey

A commitment to behaving ethically is at the heart of what it means to be a solicitor. But what are the pressures that may influence ethical behaviour and is there enough training and support on acting ethically? Let us know your views in our short online survey.
Take the survey
More support on ethics

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New consumer regulations from 1 October

Supply of services

From 1 October, the new Consumer Rights Act 2015 will change the rules relating to the supply of goods, services and digital content for contracts. The government has issued guidance on what your obligations are under the act when you supply services to a consumer.
Read the government guidance

How to comply with government and EU regulations on ADR

From 1 October, solicitors will need to comply with regulations bringing in the EU Directive on consumer alternative dispute resolution. On 10 September, we updated our guidance for firms following the Legal Ombudsman's decision to withdraw its application to become an approved ADR provider.
Read our updated guidance

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Blog: the future is shared experiences - insights from Social Media Week

Emma Maule, Law Society social media officer, considers some of the key lessons from Social Media Week London and provides top tips for firms to enhance their online presence.

Read the blog



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UK legal services sector and the EU

We begin our contribution to the national debate on the European Union with the publication of a report produced by Oxford Economics. We asked them to look at potential economic effects on the legal sector of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.
Find out more and read the report

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What's going on in Westminster

The Westminster weekly update is our new blog series focusing on political updates, parliamentary briefings, and what's happening in Westminster. In the latest blog, our head of public affairs, Richard Messingham, reflects on the new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and provides a summary of the Law Society's party conference activity.
Read the blog

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How to combat scams

Free cybersecurity service

To increase your firm's awareness of cyber threats and how to combat them, the Law Society can sponsor firms to join the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership. It is a free collaborative initiative between industry and government for sharing cyber-threat and vulnerability information in order to reduce the impact on UK business.
Find out more

Financial fraud advice

The UK Cards Association has issued advice about what to do if you receive suspicious calls, texts or emails purporting to be from your bank or the police, and anyone asking for personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.
Read the advice (PDF)

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Law Society Excellence Awards: celebrating brilliance

It is almost time to reveal this year's Excellence Awards winners.

Be a part of the celebration - join us on Thursday 22 October for what promises to be an evening to remember.

Ticket sales close on Friday 2 October.
Book now



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New endorsed partner: Document Direct

Document Direct provides a complete, managed typing, transcription and document production service.

Its flexible, 24/7 service provides a secure and confidential UK-based service which will allow you to outsource as much or as little of your typing as you wish.
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Document Direct

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Diversity data collection ends 30 September 2015

Still need to submit your data? Use Riliance's safe and anonymous online survey tool. You can use the tool 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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Good Practice in Child Care Cases

This book is a concise guide to best practice for solicitors acting in public law Children Act cases, whether they are acting for a local authority, a parent, or a child.

It provides guidance on the conduct of cases and the particular approach required for less experienced practitioners who are not yet members of the Law Society's Children Panel.

Order your copy
Also available in EPUB format


Good Practice in Child Care Cases

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Training and events

Judicial appointments: interview training for solicitors - 5.5 CPD hours

In view of increasing competition for judicial appointments, this course will equip solicitor applicants with the skills to help enhance application and interview performance. Courses are taking place in London and Bristol.
Book now - various dates

Family Section regional seminars - 2 CPD hours

These regional seminars will provide an update on case law and developments in the area of financial remedy work. You will also hear from Ros Bever, Irwin Mitchell, the solicitor for Mrs Sharland and Mrs Gohil, at the seminars in Newcastle and Leeds, while in Cardiff you will receive an insightful update on TOLATA.
Book now - various dates

COLP update 2015 - 1 CPD hour

This webinar will discuss the five key strategic challenges of the COLP role and how to address them, perception of compliance and risk internally, the scope of the COLP role internally, role of business services and the role of IT.
Book now - 29 October
Join the Risk and Compliance Service

Anti-money laundering and financial crime conference 2015: keeping pace with change - 6 CPD hours

This conference will provide the most up-to-date information from people who are developing, implementing and enforcing AML policy, regulations and guidance. Experts from across the AML spectrum will explore the recent changes in regulation that have an impact on the legal profession. Early booking offer available up to Friday 17 October 2015 - save £50 on the standard booking price.
Book now - 18 November

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Making the most of your membership


The SIFA Directory of Professional Financial Advisers to the legal profession is endorsed by the Law Society.
Find out more


The Association of British Investigators offers solicitors peace of mind when choosing investigative service suppliers.
Find out more

View all membership benefits

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