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13 November 2015

The Law Society calls for independent review into the legal aid duty contract procurement process

The Law Society is calling for an independent review of the legal aid duty contract procurement process following the widespread litigation brought by criminal legal aid practitioners who are gravely concerned that the evaluation process used by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) was flawed.

The Law Society has gathered information on the areas of England and Wales where legal challenges have been issued and has produced a map showing where litigation is known of and the total value of the contracts that are subject to legal challenge.
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Map showing legal aid contracts that are subject to legal challenge

We are acutely aware of the stress that all criminal solicitors are living with given the chronic uncertainty and delays resulting from the LAA's evaluation of the duty solicitor tenders. The Law Society provides confidential help to members - to find out more visit our Helplines for solicitors page.

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Gender pay gap

Law Society publishes equal pay guidance for law firms

The Law Society's equal pay toolkit is designed for partners, human resources professionals and anyone involved with the management of a law firm. The toolkit provides guidance on identifying and reducing areas of risk, carrying out an equality impact assessment, preventing victimisation of those who wish to discuss pay discrimination, and carrying out an equal pay audit.
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Equal pay toolkit

Blog: Gender pay gap

As part of #EqualPayDay, Asif Afridi, deputy CEO at BRAP, and Roseanne Russell, lecturer at Cardiff University, consider the gender pay gap and look at the legal framework that outlines employers' responsibilities.
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Equal pay day, slices of cake where women get less

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Law Society recommends minimum salary for trainee solicitors

The Law Society is recommending that, as a matter of good practice, providers of training contracts should pay their trainees a minimum salary of £20,276 in London and £18,183 outside of London.
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UK accession to the Hague Agreement for Industrial Designs - Law Society response

The Law Society has published its response to the Intellectual Property Office's consultation on the UK's accession to the Hague Agreement for Industrial Designs.
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HM Treasury consultation on reforms to the taxation of non-domiciles - Law Society response

The Law Society has published its response to the government's consultation on reforms to the taxation of non-domiciles.
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Charging clients for storing, copying and producing old records and documents

The Law Society has published a new Practice Advice Service Q&A on charging clients for storage and retrieval of documents.
Read the full Q&A

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New blogs

Reflections on the Magna Carta exhibition

Sarah Austin, sole practitioner at Austins Solicitors, reflects on her background and discusses her contribution to the Supreme Court's Magna Carta exhibition.
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Magna Carta scroll

Reshaping pro bono in the City

Amy Heading, senior associate at DLA Piper, considers whether the current trends transforming the legal industry can also reshape pro bono practices at City firms.
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Scales of justice

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Law Society raises concern for Iranian refugees at Camp Liberty in Iraq

The Law Society strongly condemns the attack on 29 October 2015 on Camp Liberty, Iraq, as a repeated violation of fundamental human rights.
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Law Society calls on Assad to release human rights lawyer

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers has written to the Syrian president to call for the release of human rights lawyer Khalil Ma'touq.
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Remembrance Day message from the president

On 11 November, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers wrote a message to mark Remembrance Day.

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Image of WW1 soldiers and a poppy

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Deprivation of Liberty

This book for health and social care professionals and lawyers presents recent guidance on the deprivation of liberty from a variety of sources.

It is designed to help professionals to understand and apply the legislation and case law in order to assess whether or not a person is likely to be deprived of their liberty.

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Lexcel People Management, 2nd edition

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Training and events

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

Risk and Compliance Service annual conference 2016: achieving best practice in compliance - 5.5 CPD hours

This conference at the Victoria Park Plaza in London will examine current compliance issues that are affecting firms and legal departments, and features a mix of plenary sessions and a choice of workshops that will help you achieve best practice in compliance.
Book now - 15 April 2016
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Law Management Section annual conference 2016 - 5.5 CPD hours

This flagship event will incorporate a mix of plenary and breakout sessions, providing delegates with the opportunity to discuss common challenges, share experiences and hear practical tips from both their peers and expert speakers. The 2016 programme will focus on the impact of technology in law firms, business development, finance and staff attraction and retention.
Book today - 27 April 2016
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White collar crime update

The fraud charges and investigation being launched against Volkswagen have shown the financial and reputational damage that can be wrought by fraud allegations. This webinar will provide in-house lawyers with an overview and analysis of important issues in white collar crime over the last year, as well as reviewing the biggest fraud cases to hit the headlines.
Book now - 25 November

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