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Autumn Statement response | PI small claims limit | CML Handbook changes | Civil courts review

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27 November 2015


Autumn Statement

Our response

The Law Society is gravely concerned about the continued erosion of access to justice for ordinary people that would result from the proposals outlined in the chancellor's Autumn Statement.
Read our full response

Law Society slams personal injury claims limit rise

The Law Society has criticised government plans to raise the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000 and stop compensation payments for road traffic 'minor' soft tissue injuries.
Read our press release

Land Registry privatisation

The government has confirmed that it is looking to revive plans to privatise parts of HM Land Registry. Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said: 'We would urge the government to ensure that any plans for privatisation protect the integrity of the register, given its fundamental importance in underpinning the economy.'
Read more in the Gazette

Changes to SDLT payments

The chancellor announced higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for purchases of additional residential properties, such as second homes and buy-to-let properties, coming into effect from 1 April 2016.
Find out more

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Law Society responds to pre-consultation on urgent review of civil court structure

We have responded to the first stage of a review of the structure of the civil courts in England and Wales. In our pre-consultation response to the wide-ranging Briggs Review, we set out our views on four topics identified by Lord Justice Briggs:

  • an online court
  • delegated judicial officers
  • number of civil courts, and
  • routes of appeal

Read our press release
Read our response to the first stage of the review
Send us your views by emailing Briggs@lawsociety.org.uk.

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Blog: keep your firm in the know

Law firms can gain a competitive advantage by successfully embedding knowledge management practices.

Our digital editorial manager Markus Coleman explains the three simple steps to effective knowledge management for law firms, both large and small.

Read the blog

 

knowledge management

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Changes to CML Handbook and certificate of title

From 30 November 2015, the Council of Mortgage Lenders will remove the reference in part 2 of the CML Handbook that permits lenders to set out their own buildings insurance requirements. The certificate of title has been amended to take account of the change.
Full details

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President's video blog

Jonathan Smithers shares how we will be representing, promoting and supporting members following the launch of our new strategy.

He also talks about the latest updates on the recommended minimum salary for trainee solicitors, criminal legal aid duty contracts and the Justice Committee's report on the criminal courts charge.

Watch the video

 

Jonathan Smithers

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Legal aid

Law Society president urges parliament to intervene in the criminal duty tender process

The Law Society president has urged the Justice Select Committee and the Public Accounts Committee to investigate the government's procurement process for the new criminal legal aid contracts.
Read our letters to the committees

Court of Appeal overturns High Court ruling on civil legal aid residence test

This week the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court ruling of July 2014, that the civil legal aid residence test about to be introduced by the government was unlawful.
Find out more and read the judgment

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The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

This book provides a unique step-by-step guide to the law and practice of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, from the issue of proceedings through to appeal.

It is the only comprehensive book available on SDT proceedings and it contains all the leading cases on tribunal proceedings, many of which are not available on the internet.

Pre-order your copy today
Also available in EPUB version

 

The SRA Handbook, November 2015 edition

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Training and events

White-collar crime update - 1 CPD hour

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.
Listen now - recorded webinar


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

This annual conference will examine the current compliance issues that affect firms and legal departments. It 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
Join the Risk and Compliance Service


Civil Litigation Section spring conference: growing your practice and looking ahead for opportunity - 2.15 CPD hours

This conference will focus on the continuing challenge of maintaining and maximising profitability in practice with an emphasis on changes to the court system, rising costs, and opportunities for lawyers afforded by our membership of the European Union. You will hear from authoritative speakers on subjects of critical importance to everyday practice.
Book now - 21 April 2016
Free to members of the Civil Litigation Section


Law Management Section annual conference 2016 - 5.5 CPD hours

This flagship event will incorporate a varied mix of plenary and breakout sessions ensuring delegates are offered the opportunity to discuss common challenges, share experiences and hear practical tips from both their peers and expert speakers. The 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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Need a perfect Christmas party venue last minute?

Celebrate Christmas in the stunning surroundings of the Law Society. Whether you want a small, intimate dinner, reception or a large party to dance the night away, the Law Society has a number of rooms to suit your needs.

With dedicated event coordinators and huge scope for flexibility, it will be a night to remember, whatever your budget or requirements.
Find out more - last few dates available

 

Prosecco with Tree (small)

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Set your cash flow free

Tax can be a significant burden on your cash flow, tying up your banking lines and diminishing your cash reserves. Spreading the cost of January's tax over six or 12 months with Syscap could set your cash flow free.
Find out more

 

Skyscap

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Making the most of your membership

Maserati

All Law Society members qualify for a discount of £1,000 on purchase of any new Maserati model sold through the official Maserati dealer network.
Find out more

Certainty

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

View all membership benefits

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