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Law Society responds to PM's move to clamp down on lawyers pursuing claims against veterans | Legal aid duty contract procurement process | Hitting the vulnerable hard

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22 January 2016

Law Society responds to prime minister's move to clamp down on lawyers pursuing claims against veterans

The Law Society has responded to the news that David Cameron has ordered ministers to take action to clamp down on lawyers pursuing claims against veterans.
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Legal aid duty contract procurement process: Law Society calls for clarity as a matter of utmost urgency

Following widespread speculation that the two-tier criminal duty tender process will be abandoned by government, the Law Society has called on the Legal Aid Agency and the Ministry of Justice to issue an urgent public statement, to provide certainty for all involved in the contract procurement process.
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Hitting the vulnerable hard

Writing in the Gazette, Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon voiced concerns about the proposed reforms of the small claims procedure. The government's plans to extinguish the right to claim for pain and suffering for certain injuries would strike a devastating blow to justice and hit the most vulnerable in society.

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Catherine Dixon

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Law Society comment on SRA asylum-claims study

President of the Law Society Jonathan Smithers has commented on the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) study on the quality of legal services for asylum seekers. The president emphasised that any shortcomings in the quality of advice provided to often vulnerable asylum seekers need to be addressed.
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Mortgage Credit Directive changes to CML Handbook

An amendment will be made to clause 10 of the Council of Mortgage Lenders' (CML) Handbook on 1 February 2016, as a result of the Mortgage Credit Directive.
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Updated practice note: Residual client balances

This practice note (formerly called 'Unclaimed client funds') has been updated to include steps you should take to trace your client and a user-friendly flow chart of how to deal with residual client balances.

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Legal profession leading the way on LGBT diversity and inclusion

The legal profession is punching well above its weight in opening up to LGBT workers, according to campaigning charity Stonewall's list of top 100 employers published this week.
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We look forward to launching our LGBT Lawyers Division this year to promote diversity in the profession and support more law firms to be included on the next Stonewall list. More details to follow.

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Letter from the president on 'costly' civil courts

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers has written to The Times, regarding the lord chief justice's report on the increased cost of civil court proceedings and the impact of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO).

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Jonathan Smithers

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Law Society welcomes support for skilled worker migration

We welcome the measured proposals put forward by the Migration Advisory Committee in its report on skilled migration published today and we are pleased that the report reflects some of our recommendations.
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Support the LLST by taking part in the Great Legal Bake

Please join the 2016 Great Legal Bake, taking place 1-5 February. The main day, when most bakes will happen, will be Wednesday 3 February. Last year we had over 100 groups baking and selling all over England and Wales, raising over £15,000 for legal charities!
Find out more at London Legal Support Trust (LLST)

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Legal market visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Law Society and the Malaysian Bar Council are organising a legal market visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 12 and 13 April. If you are interested in exploring legal business opportunities and meeting new partners, please visit our International Department website or contact our international policy adviser Gerwin de Boer.

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My Law Society

We will soon be launching My Law Society and the new, improved Find a Solicitor website.

Your personalised My Law Society homepage will give you information from the Law Society website and the Gazette, tailored to you and your interests.

My Law Society will also enable you to build a better online presence by adding more information to your Find a Solicitor profile. On average, Find a Solicitor attracts 550,000 visitors each month, so enhancing your profile by adding a detailed biography about your expertise, as well as all of your areas of practice, will help you stand out.

We are now testing My Law Society and Find a Solicitor. If you would like to preview these services and give us feedback before we launch them more widely, please contact

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Family Law Protocol, 4th edition

This authoritative set of best-practice guidelines has been comprehensively updated to cover all the changes since 2010 and includes two new chapters on forced marriage and alternative pathways to parenthood. Endorsed by Sir James Munby, the president of the Family Division, the protocol is the standard by which members of the Law Society and Resolution are judged.

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Family Law Protocol, 4th edition

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Training and events

Fighting fraud and managing risk: Property practice and cybersecurity workshops - 2 CPD hours

These workshops will focus on fraud in property transactions, cybercrime and the techniques and technology you can use to successfully manage risk to you, your clients and your business. Expert speakers will provide in-depth, interactive analysis of property-related fraud and cybercrime to equip you with the knowledge to deal with, avoid and counter risk in practice.
Book now - workshops taking place in London (2 February) and Cardiff (24 February)
Included in Property Section membership



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

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, enabling you to speak directly to experts on issues that concern you.
Book now - 17 March (early bird offers before 29 January)

Judicial appointments: Interview training for solicitors - 5.5 CPD hours

In view of increasing competition for judicial appointments, this course will equip solicitor applicants with the skills to enhance application and interview performance.
Book now - various dates in Bristol, London and Manchester


Data protection for support staff

This webinar will help your staff understand the key concepts and principles of data protection in clear and simple terms. It will increase their awareness of data protection risk and enable them to identify and escalate potential issues. The webinar includes an overview of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act.
Book now - 10 February

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Making the most of your membership

Austin Reed

Law Society members enjoy 20 per cent off full price items and 10 per cent off sale and promotional items at Austin Reed.
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Catax Solutions provides Law Society members with expert support on capital allowances.
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