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Affordable legal services: our recommendations | Social media toolkit | Legal walkers raise over PS600,000 | Celebrate LGBT diversity

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21 May 2015

Affordable legal services: our recommendations

Affordable access to legal advice is a basic right for everyone but recent changes have made it more difficult to get legal help. We are submitting our recommended solutions to the government, which include:
  • improving the way courts work
  • solicitors working differently to continue to meet clients' need for accessible and affordable advice
  • a proper, supported role for free legal advice which signposts people to the help they need
  • technology and innovation to enable access and efficiency
  • the right level of funding by government for affordable justice
  • incentivising public bodies to make the right decisions early to save them paying later
Read more and download the full report

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Social media toolkit: get social with our how-to guide

This year's consumer campaign has reached millions of people via social media, resulting in thousands of interactions.

Download your social media toolkit to get involved in the campaign, use the adverts on your own social platforms and embed them into your website.

Download your toolkit now (PDF 234kb)
More about the campaign


Social media toolkit

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Next 2020 discussion: training and development

Today's discussion focused on the future of regulation. Join us on Twitter using #LawSociety2020 next Thursday from 15:00-16:00 when we'll discuss training and development and how the Law Society can help you to develop your career. You can also email us your thoughts at
We value your input - find out how you can contribute

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Celebrate LGBT diversity in the legal profession

Join us at the Pride parade in London on Saturday 27 June to celebrate LGBT diversity in the legal profession.

This year, we are highlighting some of those lawyers who are working or have worked extremely hard to promote LGBT rights and seek justice for LGBT people. Nominate your #legalheroes by sending their name and a brief description of their work to

More details and register for the march


Rainbow pride

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Law Society helps Oscar winner shine a spotlight on legal aid cuts

The Law Society is sponsoring the production of a new play by Academy Award-winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz. The Invisible aims to tell the stories of ordinary people affected by the cuts to legal aid.
Find out more

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Walkers raise over £600,000 for legal charities

A huge thank you to the thousands of lawyers who raised over £600,000 for legal advice agencies by taking part in the London Legal Walk on Monday evening.

The money raised will help the agencies to maintain access to legal help for the poorest and most vulnerable people in and around London.

There's still time to sponsor a team.

View a photo gallery at the Gazette
More photos at the London Legal Support Trust


Legal walk

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JLD essay competition: your chance to win £500

You could be in with a chance of receiving a cash prize of £500 if you enter this year's Junior Lawyers Division essay competition. The title is: 'Should there ever be a case for absolute anonymity in legal proceedings, and if so, why and for whom?'
Find out how to enter - closing date: 31 July

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Conveyancing Handbook - 22nd edition

This new edition presents up-to-date guidance on current good practice in residential conveyancing.

It is a reliable and up-to-date source of reference to answer the common queries arising from day-to-day transactions.

Pre-order your copies today - order by 31 July and save £10
Also available as EPUB

  Conveyancing Handbook - 22nd edition

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Celebrating excellence in marketing and communications

Solicitors are becoming even more adept marketers, finding innovative ways to attract, retain and engage clients.

This is your opportunity to showcase how your marketing and communications are making a real difference to your organisation.

Act fast - nominations close on Friday 5 June.
Make your Excellence Awards nomination


Excellence award

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Training and events

Property seminars 2015 - 1 CPD hour

Between April and December 2014 over £1.6bn in capital allowances went unclaimed. The seminars will examine how solicitors can meet their obligations under the new capital allowances legislation. They will also look at how firms can grow their business by paying greater attention to lucrative capital allowances work.
Book now - various dates in May and June
Join the Property Section

Risk management: a case study - 1 CPD hour

Information security and managing cyber risk are high on the agenda for law firms. This webinar will examine how organisations can create a compliance culture and will give practical guidance on how to implement and manage the integration of new practices and maximise staff engagement.
Book now - 3 June
Join the Risk and Compliance Service

Management course stage one for solicitors in law firms - 7 CPD hours

This course provides practical, relevant and comprehensive leadership training that will benefit both you and your firm. It will help you develop your financial management skills, hone your presentation and communication style, build professional relationships and perfect your influencing skills.
Book now - 23 June

International marketplace 2015: going global - 5.5 CPD hours

This event will provide business development advice and support firms looking to explore opportunities and grow their business in emerging global markets. It will help you understand the where, why and how of going global in today's legal marketplace and offers an opportunity to network with leading law firms from the UK and key emerging markets.
Book now - 1 July
Find out about the International Division

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Expert insurance for valued homes

Protect your home and belongings with Hiscox, the Law Society's preferred home insurance partner. Members receive a 12.5 per cent discount.
More information



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Making the most of your membership


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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