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5 November 2015


Pro bono updates

National Pro Bono Week

Events are still taking place across the country as the Law Society, our partners and the legal profession celebrate National Pro Bono Week (NPBW).
Find out more on the National Pro Bono Centre website

Follow the NPBW action on Twitter:
#WeDoProBono and #NPBW2015

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Developing a pro bono programme: Law Society guidance

The Law Society has published a guide for solicitors working in law firms wishing to develop a pro bono programme. The guide provides a framework and tools to support solicitors and their firms to develop a strategy and embed pro bono in their working lives.
Read more

Blog: Faciemus pro bono

Martin Barnes, chief executive of LawWorks, explains the significance of National Pro Bono Week and outlines how pro bono work can improve access to justice.
Read more

Blog: The rewards of doing pro bono

Sarah Henchoz, partner at Allen & Overy, discusses the challenges and rewards of pro bono work.
Read more

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New practice note on equal pay

The Law Society has published a new practice note that covers the law underpinning the right to equal pay. It also offers advice on the duty of employers and suggests steps that firms should take to address equal pay.

Read the practice note

 

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Catherine Dixon on the First 100 Years project

On 2 November, Catherine Dixon, chief executive of the Law Society, delivered a speech on gender equality at the SPARK 21 Conference.
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Artificial intelligence and the legal sector

On 29 October, Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, delivered a speech entitled 'Lawyers replaced by robots: will artificial intelligence replace the judgement and independence of lawyers?' at the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) Conference.
Read the speech

The president has also written a letter to The Times on how the law needs to catch up with the ramifications of artificial intelligence.
Read Jonathan's letter to The Times

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Law Comission consultation on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty

The Law Society's Mental Health and Disability Committee this week submitted their response to the Law Commission's proposed new scheme to replace the widely criticised deprivation of liberty safeguards.
Read the full response

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Scams against solicitors: Met Police and CML offer advice and support on fraud prevention

As part of their fraud prevention strategy, the Metropolitan Police are distributing posters to businesses with information on how to avoid and report fraud attempts. They are also offering to meet with firms to give best-practise advice and risk-reduction strategies.
Read more
Download the poster (PDF)

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has produced a joint declaration which sets out the instructions banks would never give over the phone and provides advice on what to do if you receive a call purporting to be from a bank.
Download the poster (PDF)

The Law Society recommends that you circulate these documents to everyone in the firm, and that they are printed off and displayed, particularly by those people who deal with client money and communication with banks and clients.

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Law Society Council meeting summary: 28 October

The Council met on 28 October and discussed strategy development, budget setting and key activities.
Read the meeting summary

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Free digital offerings from the Law Gazette

All law firm employees and trainee solicitors are eligible to receive the Gazette daily news update and download the Gazette App free of charge.
Register for the Gazette daily news update
Download the Gazette app

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Assessment of Mental Capacity, 4th edition

Written by experts from a variety of disciplines, this book combines a precise statement of the law with a practical, jargon-free approach, providing guidelines on a range of issues, from capacity to form intimate personal relationships, to capacity to consent to medical treatment.

Order your copy

 

Lexcel People Management, 2nd edition

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Training and events

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

These popular half-day forums in London and Cardiff are designed for in-house solicitors to develop an understanding of the compliance requirements, as they are being developed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).The forums will cover headline changes, what you need to read and know about the SRA Handbook and SRA principles, compliance and regulatory issues for in-house lawyers, and practising certificate requirements.
Book now - various dates


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

Law firms and in-house legal departments are obvious and attractive targets for cyber-attacks due to the sensitive information they hold. These timely forums will provide vital support and guidance on how cybersecurity ties in with your regulatory obligations, cyberthreats to your business and you, and cyber-attacks (phishing and hacking) and their impact.
Book now - various dates


Private Client Section: cross border conference 2016 - 5.5 CPD hours

This year's cross border conference will focus on the Brussels IV regulation which came into effect on 17 August. Expert speakers from various jurisdictions will cover cross border issues for English law and across Europe, the impact of European succession, offshore tax planning in the current climate and contested probate.
Book now - 3 March 2016
Join the Private Client Section

Webinar

The law on penalties after the Supreme Court judgments in Cavendish and ParkingEye

The eagerly-awaited Supreme Court judgment on the law of penalties was handed down on 4 November. The Supreme Courts ruling will either confirm or radically overhaul the law relating to contractual penalties and liquidated damages. Our presenters will review and discuss the judgments and identify any changes to, and any clarification of, the law. They will also examine the impact of the judgments on practice and on the drafting of effective liquidated damages provisions.
Book now - 13 November

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Austin Reed hirewear

Hirewear offers the perfect solution for when you need to suit up for something special. At Austin Reed, you can enjoy 10 per cent off hirewear ranges so you can be fully prepared for the festive season ahead.

T&Cs: redeemable in store only when you present your Law Society ID card.
Find out more

 

Austin Reed

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Making the most of your membership

Hertz

Hertz is the Law Society's endorsed provider of car hire services, offering up to 10 per cent off best available retail rates.
Find out more

Certainty

Certainty is the Law Society's endorsed provider of a national will register and is used by thousands of solicitors everyday to register and search for wills.
Find out more

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