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18 December 2015


Law Society responds to government announcement on court fee increases

The Law Society has condemned court fee increases announced by the Ministry of Justice.
Read our full statement

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Law Society calls for statutory protection for legal professional privilege

The Law Society has again called for explicit statutory protection for legal professional privilege in its evidence to the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee.
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Take our festive quiz

Season's greetings!

This is the last Professional Update of the year so we'd like to invite you to take part in a short 12-question quiz which highlights some key facts about our work in 2014-15.

Take the quiz

 

Christmas quiz

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President's video blog

Jonathan Smithers sees in the holiday period by discussing International Human Rights Day, the successful reversal of the criminal court charges and the planned review of the regulation of legal services.

Hear about the latest developments and find out how you can get involved.

Watch the video

 

Jonathan Smithers

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Blog: why lawyers are boring at parties - and how it loses clients

Lots of us who work in professional services struggle with the part of a social or business conversation that starts with 'So, what do you do?'. This is particularly relevant at the moment - during the party-laden festive season.

Alex Barr writes about how your opening gambit at parties can influence your bottom line.

Read the blog

 

Party yawning

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LGBT Lawyers Division: join the committee

We are looking for LGBT solicitors to be founding members of the LGBT Lawyers Division committee. This new community will bring LGBT lawyers together to share best practice and address current issues and challenges in a supportive environment.
Find out more and apply - deadline for applications: 8 January

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Property updates

Deregulation Act 2015: tenancy deposit schemes and landlord obligations

Our new practice note has advice for housing law and property practitioners representing landlords and tenants. It explains the new obligations placed on landlords and the possible penalties that may be imposed for failure to comply with them.
Read our practice note

Help to Buy: ISA scheme - conveyancing solicitors' role

Unlike previous help-to-buy schemes, conveyancing solicitors are to have a direct role in obtaining bonus funds from the government.
Find out more

Land Registry: clarification of attestation process when witnessing deeds

Land Registry is reminding customers that where two or more people are executing a deed as a party, the same witness may witness each individual signature - but each signature should be separately attested.
Find out more

Buying a new home: call for evidence expected in the new year

HM Treasury is expected to issue a call for information in the new year in relation to buying a house.
Find out more

Upcoming changes to CML Handbook

The Council of Mortgage Lenders will introduce changes to its handbook on 1 February 2016 further to the introduction of the EU Mortgage Credit Directive.
Find out more

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Scams: National Fraud Intelligence Bureau alerts

The City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau issues alerts on the latest scams. The following may be of particular interest to law firms:

If you would like to subscribe to these alerts, please email Kaitlan.Billings@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk.

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Personal injury and clinical negligence accreditation review - have your say

We are revising our personal injury and clinical negligence accreditations. If you are accredited with us in these schemes, or if you have expressed an interest in participating in this review, you will shortly receive an online invitation to give us your feedback. The survey will run until mid-January.
If you would like to be added to the survey invitation, please email us.

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Elderly Client Handbook, 5th edition

This book supports lawyers who have developed their practice to provide solutions to the legal and practical issues brought to them by elderly clients.

Reflecting the need of lawyers in this area to maintain an impressive range of generalist knowledge and keen problem-solving skills, it brings together an array of leading experts to present a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the relevant law and practice.

Order today

 

Elderly Client Handbook, 5th edition

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Training and events

Inheritance tax on residential property: examining the new residence nil-rate band - 1 CPD hour

The draft legislation published on 9 December 2015 dealing with the arrangements for taxpayers who have disposed of a property completely or downsized to a cheaper property before death is extremely complicated and convoluted. This webinar provides a better understanding of the implications of the new residence nil-rate band, essential to those drafting wills and advising clients on estate planning.
Book now - 21 January 2016


Law Management Section HR forum - 5 CPD hours

This forum provides a focused mix of strategic insight and practical solutions on current HR and staffing issues specific to law firms. Delivered by expert speakers, this event is designed to place you ahead of the competition in law firm management and provides up-to-the-minute strategies and lots of practical guidance ready to implement on your return to your firms.
Book now - 16 March 2016
Join the Law Management Section


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 relation to access to justice. It 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
Join the Competition Section

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Making the most of your membership

Catax

Catax provides Law Society members with expert support on capital allowances.
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Eclipse

Eclipse is the Law Society's endorsed Practice Management Software provider.
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