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Court closures: new interactive map and our response | Clin neg case studies | Criminal advocacy | Mentoring scheme

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8 October 2015


Court closure proposals: Law Society response

The Law Society has opposed the majority of court closures proposed by the government.

Our recent survey received 823 responses with members saying that the proposals would adversely affect local communities, the justice system and the legal profession. Our consultation response warns that the plans will:

  • deepen inequalities in the justice system
  • make victims of crime suffer
  • damage access to justice
  • affect legal aid tenders
 

Court closures

Read our response and use our interactive map to find out what members said about local court closures
Press release: Court closures will inhibit access to justice

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Law Society request for clinical negligence case studies

We're calling on clinical negligence solicitors to assist us in gathering case studies to help us illustrate the impact of the government's proposals to introduce fixed costs for clinical negligence claims up to a value of £250,000.

Case studies will help demonstrate how important the work of solicitors is in ensuring access to justice for patients who have been harmed by negligent NHS care.
Find out more and send us your case studies

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Law Society will respond robustly to MoJ consultation on criminal advocacy

We have written to local law societies to advise them that we will be responding robustly to the Ministry of Justice's consultation on criminal advocacy. Our letter sets out the background and our initial concerns. We will strongly oppose any restriction on the use of in-house advocates as this goes against client choice.
Read our letter (PDF 103kb)
View the MoJ consultation

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Evidence to Justice Committee: higher court fees making society less fair and less just

The Law Society has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee inquiry into courts and tribunal fees and charges. Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said:

'Our members have told us that the government's fee increases will stop people being able to bring legitimate cases, particularly people on lower incomes. The fees render ordinary people's legal rights meaningless because they simply cannot afford to enforce them.'

Read our press release and evidence

 

Court fees

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Law Society president on BBC's Money Box

In a programme about fraud scams, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers comments on what the Society is doing to combat 'vishing' and other scams.
Listen to the programme on the BBC website

Related content:
Advice on cyber security
Practice note: protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam

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Ethics: complete our survey

There's still time to have your say on the role of ethics in the legal profession. 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 - deadline: 16 October
More support on ethics

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Blog: how would Brexit affect the UK legal service sector?

'Legal services would be disproportionately disadvantaged compared to the whole UK economy if the UK were to leave the European Union'. This is the key finding of economic analysis that the Law Society commissioned from Oxford Economics.

Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon outlines the Society's latest work on economic modelling of the impact of a possible Brexit on the legal services sector.
Read the blog

 

Brexit

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Lexcel Assessment Guide - version 6

This guide will support you to identify and develop key management areas to help improve your practice's efficiency and profitability.

Legal practices - accredited or not - can use Lexcel's approach to achieve greater cost efficiencies, reductions in risk and client service excellence.

Order your copy

 

Lexcel Assessment Guide Version 6

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Family Justice Council vacancy

The Ministry of Justice is looking for a public law solicitor to join the Family Justice Council.
Role description and how to apply - deadline: 22 October

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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. Participation in the scheme is confidential: you will not need to report back to your employer or to the Law Society.
Apply to become a mentor or a mentee - applications close on 20 October
More about the scheme

 

Skyscap

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Training and events

Employment law update 2015 - 1 CPD hour

2015 saw notable employment law cases on redundancy consultation, holiday pay, annual leave, sickness absence and indirect discrimination. This one-hour webinar will provide an analysis of the significance of these cases and a guide to what is on the horizon.
Book now - 20 October (20 per cent discount for Law Management Section members)


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
Find out more about Lexcel

 

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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 Bristol and London.
Book now - various dates


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

The conference will provide the most up-to-date information from people who are developing, implementing and enforcing anti-money laundering policy, regulations and guidance. You will hear from experts from across the AML spectrum at this informative and practical conference exploring the recent changes in regulation that are having an impact on the legal profession.
Book now - 18 November - £50 booking discount available up to Friday 17 October

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Member discounts at Austin Reed

Austin Reed is passionate about exceptional tailoring and luxurious businesswear. Law Society members enjoy 20 per cent off full price items and 10 per cent off sale and promotional items.
Find out more

 

Austin Reed

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Making the most of your membership

Catax

Catax provides Law Society members with expert support on capital allowances.
Find out more

Armstrong Watson

The Law Society's endorsed provider of accountancy services to law firms in the Northern regions of England.
Find out more

View all membership benefits

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