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20 November 2015

Law Society launches member-focused strategy

Following wide-ranging and open conversations with members about our future role, we have launched a new strategy that focuses on representing, promoting and supporting solicitors.

Our strategy has three new strategic aims:

  • Representing solicitors - we will represent solicitors by speaking out for justice and on legal issues.
  • Promoting solicitors - we will promote the value of using a solicitor.
  • Supporting solicitors - we will support solicitors to develop their expertise and their businesses, whether they work in firms, in-house or for themselves.

Find out how we will deliver the strategy
Join our #LawSocStrategy Thunderclap


Download our strategy

Blog: introducing our new strategy

Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon explains how our strategy will help us focus on what you have told us is important.
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Interactive ethical scenario on conflict of interests

We have launched the first of our interactive ethical scenarios featuring Ethel, our ethical guru, who will guide you on the best way to proceed ethically when faced with a dilemma.

In this scenario, a solicitor finds herself in a position of potential conflict. Can she represent two clients in the same matter?
Complete the scenario in our CPD Centre (you need to log in)

Please note: if you're not a member of our free CPD Centre, you will need to register. It only takes two minutes to register and you will be taken straight to the scenario once registered.


Ethical scenario

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Practice note: working with transgender employees

This week is Transgender Awareness Week. The Law Society has published advice on working with transgender employees. Firms and individuals from within the profession have asked for advice and support on this important issue. Our practice note is aimed at supporting solicitors to meet their legal obligations and to encourage equality, diversity and inclusion within the profession.
Read the practice note

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Solicitors targeted by fake Land Registry emails

Solicitor firms are among those being targeted by emails claiming to be sent from the Land Registry and the 'Gloucester Land Registry'.
Find out more on the SRA website

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Court of Protection to be opened to public

The majority of Court of Protection cases will be heard in public when a pilot scheme launches next year.
Full details

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Anti-bullying week 16-20 November: #NoBystanders

The Law Society supports Stonewall's anti-bullying campaign #NoBystanders - a campaign to end bullying and discrimination by empowering others to challenge all forms of bullying when they can.

#NoBystanders asks all of us to commit to speaking out against bullying whenever and wherever it occurs.
Find out more and pledge your support


Anti-bullying campaign

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Exciting opportunity in Brussels for trainee solicitors

The Law Societies' Brussels office is offering trainee solicitors from England and Wales a unique opportunity to undertake a six-month secondment in the Brussels office from March 2016.
Find out more and apply - deadline for applications: 2 December

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Brazilian British Lawyers Exchange Programme

The Law Society is offering international law firms the opportunity to host a young Brazilian lawyer. It's a great opportunity for London lawyers and firms to develop connections with leading Brazilian law firms and foster long-term relationships in a vibrant legal market.
Find out more

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The SRA Handbook, November 2015 edition

This book sets out the standards and requirements that the SRA expects solicitors to achieve and observe for the benefit of the clients they serve.

Understand the latest changes and obligations with this new edition, updated to version 15 (1 November 2015).

Pre-order your copy today


The SRA Handbook, November 2015 edition

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Training and events

What's hot in tax? - 1 CPD hour

This webinar provides guidance on how careful pre-planning and structuring can significantly reduce the impact of tax for mid-market family businesses, professional firms, high-net-worth individuals and offshore individuals and entities. It is timed to take place after the forthcoming autumn statement on 25 November and will focus on legitimate tax-planning techniques.
Book now - 3 December

Legal aid and beyond: practical justice post LASPO - 5.5 CPD hours

In these difficult times for practitioners, the 2016 conference provides practical advice on business survival and how to establish a business approach to legal aid work. It will also consider innovation, new revenue streams, alternative funding and the role of technology in access to justice. The conference features a dynamic speed consultancy session where you will be able to speak directly to experts on issues that concern you.
Book now - 17 March 2016

Private Client Section: cross-border conference 2016

This year's conference will particularly focus on the Brussels IV regulation, which came into effect on 17 August 2015. The full-day programme comprises expert speakers from various jurisdictions who 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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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 now - 27 April 2016
Join the Law Management Section

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Member discounts at Austin Reed

Law Society members can enjoy up to 20 per cent off at Austin Reed, including their bespoke service. So with Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to invest in a unique, made-to-measure experience.
Find out more


Austin Reed

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Making the most of your membership


BankersAccuity offers members specially negotiated rates on PEP and Sanctions screening.
Find out more


Syscap is the Law Society's endorsed provider for a range of financial solutions for members.
Find out more

View all membership benefits

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