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15 January 2016

Law Society comment on CMA study of legal services

Chief executive Catherine Dixon has said that the Law Society looks forward to working with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on its study of legal services. She also highlighted how the review is a good opportunity to reduce the regulatory burden on those solicitors who are having to compete with unregulated providers.
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In May 2015, the Law Society published a report entitled Affordable legal services, which outlined our recommendations for ensuring affordable access to justice.
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Later this month we will be publishing our new research report, The future of legal services, which sets out the five drives for change in the market.

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Practice note updates

New practice note: Immigration judicial review

The Law Society has published a new practice note for practitioners who bring immigration judicial review claims on behalf of claimants before the Administrative Court in England and Wales and the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber.
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Updated practice note: Protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam

The practice note has been updated to include the Solicitors Assurance Scheme's list of solicitors who specialise in giving advice on situations where there is a delay in making good the client account due to, for example, disputes about liability.
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Important ODR-platform link added to our guidance on how to comply with the EU Directive on Consumer ADR

The guidance has been updated with a link to the European Commission's Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform, which solicitors are required to add to their website by February. Failure to do so will risk being in breach of regulations.
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The Law Society has commented on the interim report from Lord Justice Briggs

Speaking in the Gazette, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers voiced grave concerns that the proposed online court may exclude people's ability to access legal advice for cases up to £25,000 in value. People seeking to recover monies due and owed to them will still need legal advice on their claim, as well as assistance with navigating through the process, whether online or otherwise. The Briggs Review is an exercise to scrutinise the civil courts system.
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SRA consultation on Solicitors Qualifying Examination

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is inviting solicitors to a series of consultation events on the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). Events are taking place around the country and further information can be found on the SRA website.

The Law Society has warned that the proposals to widen access to the legal profession could have the opposite effect.
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Enterprise Forum: speech by vice president Robert Bourns

On 13 January, our vice president Robert Bourns delivered a speech at the Enterprise Forum event with the secretary of state for business, skills and innovation. In the speech, the vice president highlights how the prosperity of British business is intrinsically linked to the rule of law and to the legal profession that is part of our community and society.

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Robert Bourns

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Blog: Mediation - why aren't you doing it?

As part of #FamilyMediationWeek, Tracey O'Dwyer, a family solicitor at Tony Roe Solicitors, accredited Law Society Family Panel member, and mediator trained by Resolution, provides an overview of the benefits of mediation, and addresses some common concerns.
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Law Society appoints independent lead for governance review

When developing a new strategy for the Law Society, our Council agreed that a governance review would follow. Dr Nicola Nicholls LVO has now been appointed to lead the governance review. Dr Nicholls has extensive experience of different governance arrangements, having served on the boards of a number of organisations in the private, academic and non-profit sectors.
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Queen's Counsel appointments 2016-17

The Queen's Counsel Selection Panel invites applications from advocates with rights of audience in England and Wales who believe they meet the competency requirements to a standard of excellence.
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See a list of honorary silks appointed 2015-16

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IPO's consultation on CDPA

The Law Society has published its response to the Intellectual Property Office's (IPO) consultation on the Transitional Arrangements for the Repeal of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA).
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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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January fire sale - save up to 50 per cent on Law Society titles

Save up to 50 per cent on selected Law Society Publishing titles during our January fire sale. The selection includes essential books, such as:

To see a full list of books included in the sale, visit the bookshop website.


Practice Management Handbook

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Training and events

Risk and Compliance Service annual conference 2016: Achieving best practice in compliance - 5.5 CPD hours

This conference will examine the current compliance issues that affect firms and legal departments. The conference features a mix of plenary sessions and a choice of workshops that will help you achieve best practice in compliance.
Book now - 15 April
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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. The conference will be followed by a networking drinks reception.
Book now - 21 April
Included in Civil Litigation Section membership

Competition Section annual conference 2016 - 6.5 CPD hours

This annual conference is an established fixture in competition law. It offers 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
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Tackling mental health in the legal sector

This free webinar will look at how to address mental health issues among staff, offering practical tips to reduce stress, improve wellbeing and reduce the impact of mental health problems on your firm. Our three expert speakers will share case-study examples and provide practical guidance for you to implement within your workplace.
Book now - 4 February


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Making the most of your membership

Armstrong Watson

The Law Society's endorsed provider of accountancy services to law firms in the Northern regions of England.
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The Association of British Investigators offers solicitors peace of mind when choosing investigative service suppliers.
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