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29 May 2015

The rule of law: a challenged tradition

On the eve of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, Law Society president Andrew Caplen delivered a speech at the Malaysian Bar Council in which he considers the state of the rule of law in the UK and around the world.
Read the speech
Magna Carta 800th anniversary: join the celebrations

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FATCA registrations delay: important update

HM Revenue & Customs has advised that some individuals are experiencing difficulties in validating Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) registrations, in advance of the 31 May deadline. HMRC has advised that it will not apply a late filing penalty while these delays continue.
Find out more

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Next 2020 discussion: future of legal services

Yesterday's discussion focused on career development. Join us on Twitter using #LawSociety2020 next Thursday from 15:00-16:00 when we'll discuss the future of legal services. Will insurers and accountants rule the future legal market? Who are your main competitors? Is external investment in firms becoming crucial to survival?
We value your input - find out how you can contribute

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Law Society response to the Queen's speech

We focused on three areas of specific interest in this week's Queen's speech: the British bill of rights, Europe Union Referendum Bill and the Investigatory Powers Bill.
Read our full reaction

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Queen's Counsel: solicitor vacancy on selection panel

The Law Society is seeking to appoint a solicitor member on the Queen's Counsel selection panel.
More about the role and how to apply - deadline: 19 June

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Protection of vulnerable clients: exploring a new accreditation

The Law Society is pleased to confirm that we will be working with members to develop initial proposals for a new accreditation scheme focusing on the protection of vulnerable clients and the Mental Capacity Act.
Find out more

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Who will be solicitor advocate of the year?

Have you been impressed by a remarkable solicitor advocate?

Why not celebrate their dazzling achievements by nominating them for the Law Society's Solicitor Advocate of the Year Award.

Act fast - nominations close on Friday 5 June.
Make your Excellence Awards nomination


Excellence award

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Member discount on quality tailoring

Austin Reed's bespoke service ensures contemporary fashion with traditional craftsmanship.

Drawing on over a century of expertise, consultants will advise throughout, creating a quality investment garment. Make an appointment to design your own suit from £399.
Find out more - members enjoy 20 per cent off full price items and 10 per cent off sale and promotional items


Catherine Dixon

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Training and events

Commercial property update 2015 - 1 CPD hour

The commercial property market is buoyant and there have been many interesting changes in law and practice. This webinar will provide a guide to the main changes including the new standard commercial conditions, a new Law Society short-form lease, new CON29 forms, the impact of new legislative energy requirements on landlords and the new draft electronic communications code.
Book now - 12 June
Join the Property Section

Women Lawyers Division evening seminar: portfolio career planning - 2 CPD hours

Are you considering a career change? A portfolio career opens up many paths for you and allows you to remain flexible while making the most of your skills and experience. This informative evening with four speakers and a Q&A panel will give you an understanding of what a portfolio career is and whether it's right for you.
Book now - 12 June
More about the Women Lawyers Division

Private Client Section annual conference 2015 - 6 CPD hours

This conference will equip you with the very latest thinking on private client work, with parallel workshops covering topics such as elderly client, court of protection, tax planning, pensions and implications of Brussels IV regulations. You will also have the opportunity to explore business development opportunities. Expert speakers will share their knowledge on a range of topics that are critical to private client practitioners.
Book now - 3 July
Join the Private Client Section
Join the conversation on Twitter #pcsconf2015


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National property law conference: the place for property practitioners - 5.5 CPD hours

Our flagship property conference will use a combination of plenary sessions and focused breakout sessions to explore ideas and solutions that will help you to develop your practice and support you as you prepare for the future. Expert speakers will provide insight, techniques and guidance on a variety of key issues, including residential conveyancing, commercial property and CQS.
Book now - 9 October
Join the Property Section



Stewart Title ltd

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Save 20% on Magna Carta gifts until 9 June

Commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta with this selection of Law Society gifts at a 20 per cent discount until 9 June.
Order today

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Making the most of your membership

Law Society Platinum Visa Card

All the features you would expect with a typical rate of 9.9 per cent APR (variable) on all purchases.
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First Title

First Title Insurance plc is the preferred provider of legal indemnity insurance for the Law Society.
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