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29 October 2015

Human trafficking

Updated practice note on defending possible victims of human trafficking

The Law Society has updated its advice on defending possible victims of human trafficking. The advice now includes information on the EU Directive on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims, and new defences available to victims of human trafficking under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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Blog: Defending victims of human trafficking

Philippa Southwell, criminal defence solicitor at Birds Solicitors, outlines some common indicators to identify victims of forced criminality and human trafficking, and explains what to do to help such individuals when representing them.

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Free event: human trafficking and slavery - current law and guidance

This free seminar is intended to alert defending and prosecuting solicitors to the relevant law on human trafficking and slavery. It will also cover Crown Prosecution Service and Law Society guidance on how to recognise when your client may be a victim of trafficking and practical steps that should be taken to have this status officially recognised.
Book now - 7 December

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Criminal legal aid duty tender

The Law Society has called on the Legal Aid Agency to urgently address the widespread concerns about the procurement process.
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Warning - email survey not from the Law Society

Many Law Society members have received an email survey from an organisation called 'Solicitors Member Support' entitled 'solicitor members' survey'.

Please note that this is not an official Law Society survey and is not authorised or administered by the Society.

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National Pro Bono Week supports justice for all

National Pro Bono Week (NPBW) is a nationwide campaign to celebrate the range and impact of voluntary free legal services provided by the legal profession. NPBW takes place between 2-5 November, and events during the week will highlight the pro bono contribution of lawyers, while raising awareness of pro bono opportunities among the legal profession.

See what's on and download NPBW resources

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Follow the action on Twitter:
#WeDoProBono and #NPBW2015


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President's video blog: October 2015

Jonathan Smithers reflects on his first 100 days as president of the Law Society and the annual Excellence Awards that took place on 22 October. He also discusses problems with the process for the award of criminal legal aid contracts.

Looking forward to the month ahead, he talks about the impact that solicitors' pro bono work has, as National Pro Bono Week takes place during the first week of November.

Watch the video blog


Jonathan Smithers

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Law Society raises concerns over arrest of regional Turkish bar association president

President of the Law Society Jonathan Smithers has written to the Turkish minister of justice to express his concerns over the arrest of Tahir Elçi, prominent human rights lawyer and president of the Diyarbakir Bar Association.
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Law Commission consultation: fees on transfer of title and change of occupancy in residential leases

The Law Commission has launched a consultation about substantial fees payable on transfer of title or change of occupancy under some residential leases.
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Cybersecurity is an increasing concern for solicitors, survey finds

A recent article in Managing Partner provides a useful reminder for solicitors and law firms about the importance of taking cybersecurity seriously.
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The Law Society provides help and information on cybersecurity, including:

Confidential and expert support is available through Law Society Consulting. To find out more, contact us today.

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Lexcel People Management, 2nd edition

Having the appropriate people-management policies and procedures in place can make a real difference in the effectiveness and efficiency of your recruitment, retention and development of staff.

This practical toolkit offers templates to help you with staff planning in line with your business needs and will help you to achieve best practice, with or without full Lexcel accreditation.

Order your copy


Lexcel People Management, 2nd edition

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Training and events

Private Client Section workshops - problems and solutions for professional personal representatives, trustees and attorneys - 2 CPD hours

Time is running out to register your place at these regional afternoon workshops. They focus on solutions for everyday problems, such as what to do if a trustee or attorney loses capacity. Choose from workshops in Leeds, London and Portsmouth.
Book now - various dates
Join the Private Client Section

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

This year's conference will feature inspirational speakers who will provide practical and insightful guidance on finding efficiencies, managing risk and achieving success. Great care has been taken to create a programme that promotes an informal and personal environment for discussing common problems and solutions.
Book now - 17 November
Join the Law Management Section

Compliance support forums for in-house lawyers - 3 CPD hours

Recent changes in the law mean that in-house practice is of greater interest to the regulator than ever before. These afternoon forums in London and Cardiff include presentations on the key issues affecting in-house lawyers and their employers.
Book now - various dates
Join the Risk and Compliance Service


Equal pay - free webinar

Monday 9 November is Equal Pay Day - the date women essentially stop earning because of the gender pay gap. To highlight this, we're offering a free webinar, which focuses on the pay gap in the legal profession and how firms can address potential risks.
Book now - 4 November

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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

Austin Reed

Law Society members enjoy 20 per cent off full price items and 10 per cent off sale and promotional items at Austin Reed.
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Experian offers members specially negotiated rates on AML e-verifications, identity and KYC checking.
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