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4 December 2015


Clinical negligence fixed-costs proposals - complete our survey to help us respond robustly

The government intends to consult in the new year on the introduction of fixed recoverable costs in 'lower value' clinical negligence claims. The Law Society is asking clinical negligence firms to provide, on a confidential basis, data on current claimant costs. This will help us to respond robustly, with evidence, to whatever proposals the government puts foward.
Find out more and take part in our survey - closing date: 8 January 2016

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Government scraps criminal courts charge: Law Society consistently raised grave concerns

Lord chancellor Michael Gove has announced that the Ministry of Justice is scrapping the criminal courts charge. Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said:

'We welcome the decision by the government to scrap the unjust criminal courts charge, which we have lobbied against since its introduction earlier this year. We are pleased that our concerns have been listened to.'

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Blog: are you an emotionally resilient lawyer?

Practising law has changed hugely in the last 30 years and, with it, the associated pressures.

Julian Hall, founder of Calm People, takes a look at the key personal qualities that help us navigate stress and provides some tips on developing emotional resilience.

Read the blog

 

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Law Society will strongly oppose measures to restrict use of in-house advocates

In our response to a government consultation on criminal advocacy, we strongly opposed the suggestion that instructing an in-house advocate represents a conflict of interest.
Read our press release

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Regulation

Law Society responds to Treasury announcement on legal regulation and competition

Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon comments on government plans to consult on the regulatory regime for legal services.
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SRA announces review of the handbook

The Law Society supports the need for clear, focused and proportionate regulation which enables solicitors to compete fairly and protects the public. We will be seeking members' views to inform our engagement with the SRA's review of the handbook, which sets out the rules surrounding solicitors' conduct.
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Statement by LPT board on the future of Veyo

Legal Practice Technologies has issued a statement about the decision to cease further investment in the development of conveyancing portal Veyo.
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Human rights

Law Society pays tribute to murdered human rights lawyer

The Law Society is deeply shocked and saddened by news of the murder of human rights lawyer Tahir Elci.
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Join us on International Human Rights Day

The Law Society is holding several events on 10 December to mark International Human Rights Day, including two free seminars and a carol service. There will be readings from the lord chief justice, Baroness Hale, and a message from Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty.
Find out more

Visit our human rights website
Follow @LSHumanRights

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SDLT: proposed time-reduction to filing and payment process

HMRC will issue a consultation in 2016 about a proposed reduction from 30 days to 14 days for paying stamp duty land tax (SDLT) and filing SDLT returns.
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The Law Society gift sale

Throughout December we are offering 15 per cent off a range of Law Society quality gifts.

This is your chance to purchase great gifts such as cufflinks, the Law Society golf umbrella, Law Society silver compact mirror and the Law Society tie at fantastic prices.

Order by 16 December to ensure UK delivery in time for Christmas. The sale ends on 31 December 2015.

 

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Training and events

Competition law update 2015 - 1 CPD hour

For busy practitioners, this one-hour webinar will provide a comprehensive update on recent cases and an overview and commentary on selected key EU and UK competition law developments over the past year. Particular consideration will be given to enforcement activity, trends in merger control, sector inquiries and market investigations. It will also look ahead to what may make the headlines in 2016.
Book now - 9 December (included in Competition Section membership)


Transforming the wellbeing of the profession

This free conference will allow lawyers to have a dialogue about challenges faced and how we can, as a profession, work to de-stigmatise stress, anxiety and mental health issues. Speakers will share their knowledge of lawyers who have experienced wellbeing challenges and provide practical tools and strategies to help you prioritise your wellbeing, empowering you to work in a more mindful way.
Book now - 14 January 2016
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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


Competition Section annual conference 2016 - 6.5 CPD hours

This annual conference is an established fixture in competition law. It is structured with a mix of engaging panel sessions and more detailed presentations across a wide variety of topics including state aid, merger control, e-commerce and digital markets, anti-trust enforcement and commitments and competition litigation.
Book now - 19 May 2016 (discounted for members of the Competition Section)

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