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1 October 2015

Criminal legal aid tender

We are acutely aware of the stress criminal solicitors are working under as they await the Ministry of Justice announcement on the outcome of the duty tenders. We have issued guidance on potential remedies for solicitors should they be unsuccessful in relation to all or part of their tender.

The Law Society has a pastoral care helpline that offers support on weekdays and LawCare also provides a free confidential helpline operating 365 days a year.
Full helpline details and read the guidance

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New leasehold property forms

The Law Society, in conjunction with trade associations across the legal and leasehold sectors, has revised the leasehold property enquiry form LPE1. The second edition of the LPE1 form was released today along with the introduction of a buyers leasehold information summary (LPE2).
Find out more and download specimen forms

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President's video blog: September 2015

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers welcomes in the opening of the legal year and shares the highlights of the month to come.

He also discusses the launch of our business and human rights programme and provides an update on court fees and the SRA's response to our consumer credit consultation.

Watch the video
President's speech: opening of the legal year dinner


Jonathan Smithers

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Law Society advises Migration Advisory Committee

Following close liaison with City firms, the Law Society has responded to the government-commissioned review of the Tier 2 migration route for skilled workers. We have advised that the UK must be able to recruit skilled lawyers from outside the European Economic Area if London is to retain its pre-eminent position as a global centre of legal excellence.
Read the press release

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Society welcomes review of employment tribunal fees

The Law Society has welcomed the Ministry of Justice's review of the impact of employment tribunal (ET) fees. We believe that ET fees have harmed access to justice: there has been a 67 per cent reduction in the number of people taking disputes to the employment tribunal.
Read our letter to the MoJ

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Yorkshire Building Society endorses CQS accreditation

Yorkshire Building Society has announced that in order to be considered for membership of its panels, firms must be Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accredited.
Find out more

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Library hours extended in October

In response to several requests from members, the library will be extending its opening hours during October.

During the month members will be able to work in the library and telephone/email their research enquiries to the library service team from 09:00-18:00, Monday-Thursday.

Normal opening hours of 09:00-17:00 will operate for each Friday of the month. The enquiry telephone number is 020 7320 5946 or email
More about our library services

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Join the Family Section - specialist content and support for family law practitioners

Membership of the Family Section will give you the support you need on the current issues affecting you and your practice and includes access to exclusive online content, e-newsletters, regional seminars and topical webinars. Upcoming benefits include:

Find out more and join today

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Could you represent over 75,000 students, trainees and junior solicitors?

Do you want to make a difference to the future of the legal profession? If so, why not consider putting yourself forward for a position on the Junior Lawyers Division executive committee.
Further details - closing date for nominations: 20 October

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Cloud computing explained

A lot of firms are investing in cloud computing services but what are the benefits and the risks? Read the answer on our website or call the Practice Advice Service on 020 7320 5675 for free and confidential support.
More about the service

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Legal Ombudsman: scheme rules consultation

The Legal Ombudsman ( LeO) has launched a consultation into changes to its scheme rules which would be necessary for it to become an alternative dispute resolution entity. The proposals include the removal of all but one of LeO's time limits and the extension of the remaining time limit.
Find out more and have your say

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Legal Compliance Bulletin

The Legal Compliance Bulletin provides up-to-date, practical information on every aspect of legal compliance and regulation for solicitors, barristers and practice managers.

As this area is undergoing a lot of change, there is a need for straightforward information and advice which relects both the characteristics of modern practice and provides coverage of the latest developments in the regulation of lawyers.

Order your copy
Also available in PDF format


Legal Compliance Bulletin

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Training and events

National property law conference: the place for property practitioners - 5.5 CPD hours

Our flagship property conference will use a combination of plenary sessions and focused breakout sessions to explore ideas and solutions that will help you to develop your practice and support you as you prepare for the future. The conference will feature expert speakers who will provide insight, techniques and guidance on a variety of key issues, including residential conveyancing, commercial property and CQS.
Book now - 9 October
Join the Property Section


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COFA update 2015 - 1 CPD hour

This webinar will provide the opportunity for attendees to pause and take stock of how the COFA role has played out in practice and how it is likely to continue to evolve. It will include an update on the changing processes around reporting compliance with the SRA Accounts Rules, a refresher on the COFA's core responsibilities and best practice examples.
Book now - 12 October

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 forum for in-house lawyers - 3 CPD hours

These popular half-day forums will help in-house solicitors get an understanding of the compliance requirements as they are being developed by the SRA. They will cover headline changes, the SRA Handbook - what you need to read and know, SRA principles, compliance and regulatory issues for in-house lawyers and practising certificate requirements.
Book now - various dates
Join the Risk and Compliance Service

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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


Lark's bespoke Law Society motor insurance scheme, underwritten by Aviva.
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Price Bailey

Price Bailey offer Society members expert accounting services, including access to a free advice hotline.
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