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23 October 2015


Excellence Awards winners announced at prestigious ceremony

Last night BBC journalist Mishal Husain presented 17 awards to outstanding teams and individuals at our prestigious annual awards ceremony.

Find out who won and view our gallery

 

The Law Society president: first 100 days

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The future of Britain in Europe: legal services

The Law Society has published a detailed report looking at how changes to the UK's relationship with the rest of the European Union could affect solicitors and firms. The ramifications of a change in the UK's position in Europe span every aspect of legal services, from civil and criminal justice to the environment, taxation and intellectual property rights.
Find out more

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LAA delays timeline for duty contracts

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has announced that it will enter into duty solicitor contracts in the week commencing 2 November. We are encouraging firms to write to their MPs to tell them about their experiences in this tender process, and the potential consequences for the constituency. Firms which were unsuccessful in the tender process and wish to issue proceedings will need to do so by Friday 30 October.

Read more - view our template letters for writing to your MP about the tender process and guidance on legal remedies.

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The Law Society president: first 100 days

The Law Society has published an interactive timeline with highlights of Jonathan Smithers' first 100 days in office.

See what the president has been up to

 

The Law Society president: first 100 days

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Lawyers call for statutory protection of lawyer-client communications

The Law Society and the Bar Council have called for legal professional privilege to receive statutory protection in the forthcoming Investigatory Powers Bill.
Find out more

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HMRC and HM Treasury consultation on the tax and national insurance treatment of termination payment

The Law Society has published its response to the government's consultation on reforming the tax and national insurance exemptions for termination payments.
Find out more

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Clinical negligence case studies - we need your help

If your specialism is clinical negligence, we need your help in gathering case studies so we can illustrate the impact of the government's proposals to introduce a fixed-costs scheme for claimant solicitor fees.
Find out more and send us your case studies

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Blog: Legal training - maintain your skills in a post-CPD world

Matthew Still, regional manager for the South West, outlines the forthcoming changes to CPD and considers the consequences of neglecting lifelong training.
Read more

 

Book and lightbulbs

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Westminster weekly update blog

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, anticipates a highly active legislative period between now and Christmas and provides an overview of the activity around the Immigration Bill.
Read the blog series

 

Palace of Westminster

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Application and training overhaul set to speed up CQS applications

The changes will vastly reduce the amount of time it takes to re-apply for the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).
Find out more

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Raising awareness of human rights through collaboration

The Law Society, along with Berwin Leighton Paisner and Birmingham Law School, has launched a 'Human Rights in Collaboration' initiative, designed to encourage law firms to discuss and promote human rights.
Read more

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Independent reviewer of terrorism legislation to judge human rights essay competition

David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, will be the guest judge for the annual Graham Turnbull Competition.
Read more

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Equal Pay Day 2015

To coincide with Equal Pay Day on Wednesday 4 November, the date when women essentially stop earning because of the gender pay gap, the Law Society is introducing an equal pay practice note and toolkit with a free webinar.
Find out more

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Conveyancing Handbook, 22nd edition

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

The handbook is a reliable source of reference for answering common queries that arise in day-to-day transactions.

Order your copy
Also available on EPUB

 

Conveyancing Handbook, 22nd edition

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Training and events

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 anti-money laundering (AML) policy, regulations and guidance. Experts from across the AML spectrum will explore recent changes in regulation and the impact they are having on the legal profession.
Book now - 18 November


Compliance support forums for COLPs/COFAs: protect your firm from cybercrime - 3 CPD hours

These timely forums will provide vital support and guidance for compliance officers for legal practice (COLPs) and compliance officers for finance and administration (COFAs) on cybersecurity and how it ties in with your regulatory obligations, cyberthreats and cyber-attacks (phishing and hacking), and their impact.
Book now - various dates


Private Client Section: cross-border conference 2016

The 2016 cross-border conference will focus on the Brussels IV regulation which came into effect on 17 August 2015. Expert speakers from various jurisdictions will cover cross-border issues for English law and across Europe, the impact of European succession from a UK and European perspective, offshore tax planning in the current climate, and contested probate.
Book now - 3 March 2016
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Webinar

Data protection compliance post-safe harbour: implications of the Maximillian Schrems case - 1 CPD hour

The judgment of the ground-breaking Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner is immediately effective, without a grace period. This webinar will provide you with practical advice and tools to deal with the outcome of the decision and suggest strategies for adjusting to the post-safe harbour era.
Book now - 21 October

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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 12.5 per cent discount.
Find out more

 

Hiscox

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Making the most of your membership

JLT Property Insurance

JLT Property Insurance in conjunction with the Law Society offers flexible unoccupied property insurance tailored specifically for solicitors.
Find out more

JLT Travel Insurance

JLT Travel Insurance provides single or multi-trip cover for individuals, couples or families.
Find out more

View all membership benefits

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