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15 October 2015

Criminal legal aid duty contract announcements

As firms anxiously await notification of the results of their crime tenders, the Law Society has emphasised the need for the Legal Aid Agency to address the concerns about the contract procurement process, raised by Freddie Hurlston in a Gazette article on 14 October.
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New CON 29 and CON 29O forms - release date

The Law Society's revised CON 29 and CON 29O forms will go live on 4 July 2016. The aim of the revisions is to improve the quality and consistency of information provided by local authorities.
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Criminal advocacy review

An opinion piece by Law Society president Jonathan Smithers in the Gazette makes clear the Law Society's dismay at Ministry of Justice proposals to ban own-firm instructions. The president also criticised the timing of the proposals.
Read the opinion piece in the Gazette
Read our letter to local law societies (PDF 103kb)
View the MoJ consultation

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National Pro Bono Week

National Pro Bono Week celebrates the breadth and impact of pro bono work undertaken by the legal profession throughout the year.

This year's events will take place between 2-6 November. If you are running an event during the week, do let us know.

Events and resources


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Legal sector warns that AML report findings are misleading

Anti-money laundering supervisors across the UK legal sector have warned that a new report published by the Home Office and HM Treasury on the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing lacks balance and, by its own admission, is not backed up by robust intelligence.
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Tributes paid to Robin ap Cynan

Tributes have been paid to Welsh family lawyer and long-serving Law Society Council member Robin ap Cynan, who died suddenly last Friday.

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said: ‘Robin has made enormously valuable contributions to the Law Society.'

Read more about Robin in the Gazette

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Opposition to criminal court fees grows

The Independent has reported that the House of Lords last night rejected the government's criminal courts charge. The motion of regret was tabled by the shadow justice minister, Lord Beecham. The Law Society worked closely with Lord Beecham before the debate, briefed him, and he quoted us during the debate citing the examples we provided of the impact of the fees.
Read the Independent article
Higher court fees making society less fair and less just

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Blog: breaking down barriers - mentoring programme

Many solicitors tell us they want to share the knowledge and skills they have built up with others.

Julie Ashdown, the Law Society's head of corporate responsibility, equality and diversity, discusses our new mentoring programme and explains how to sign up.

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Changes to CML building insurance requirement

On 30 November, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) will amend the requirements relating to building insurance in part 2 of the handbook.
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The role of general counsel - business and human rights

As part of our business and human rights programme, we would like to hear the views of our general counsel (GC) members who play a crucial role in this area. We are supporting a global study, conducted by RSG Consulting, which seeks to assess and analyse the current role that GC plays in shaping the business and human rights agenda.
Complete the in-house counsel survey

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Execution of Documents, 3rd edition

This book provides a practical guide to:

  • the execution of documents such as deeds, contracts, powers of attorney, statutory declarations, and documents used in litigation, and
  • understanding the legal background of different types of legal entity, and associated practice issues concerning execution of documents.

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Lexcel Assessment Guide Version 6

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Training and events

How to guarantee to increase your conversion rates of telephone enquiries into profitable business - 1 CPD hour

In this webinar, Professor Ian Cooper will make you challenge your existing methods, mindset and strategy for marketing and business development. He will reveal why converting more telephone enquiries is a 'gamechanger', the 'magic' question you must ask your caller early in the call and the one key question you must ask at the end. This webinar will only be available as a live broadcast.
Book now - 22 October

Compliance support forum for in-house lawyers (Cardiff) - 3 CPD hours

This half-day forum will cover headline changes, 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 - 28 January 2016
Join the Risk and Compliance Service

Law Management Section finance and business conference 2015 - 6 CPD hours

This annual conference will provide you with a great opportunity to discuss new ideas to help your firm remain profitable in the current challenging environment. Inspirational speakers will give practical and insightful guidance on finding efficiencies, managing risk and achieving success.
Book now - 17 November
Join the Law Management Section

Private Client Section: cross-border conference 2016

This full-day conference will feature panel discussions, plenary sessions and networking with expert leading practitioners to provide advice and guidance on the growing and changing trends in international private client work. It will explore the impact of the Brussels IV regulation and what it will mean for you and your firm.
Book now - 3 March 2016
Join the Private Client Section

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Spread the cost of your SRA fees

This year your SRA fees will be paid even more quickly 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.
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Making the most of your membership

Law Society Platinum Visa Card

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First Title

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