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29 January 2016

New report by the Law Society identifies the future of legal services

The Law Society has published 'The Future of Legal Services', a report which brings together new and existing evidence to identify the key drivers for change, together with the opportunities and potential threats, in the legal services market over the next five years.
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Future of legal services

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Law Society welcomes MoJ decision to abandon two-tier duty contracts

We welcome the Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) decision to abandon plans for the two-tier criminal legal aid contracting regime. The MoJ has abandoned the planned radical reduction in the number of contracts for duty solicitors and suspended the second fee cut for a year, following significant pressure from the profession and widespread legal challenges.
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Harsh evidence tests leave 40 per cent of domestic violence victims at risk

Last year the High Court rejected a legal challenge from the charity Rights of Women over the lawfulness of new rules that require victims of domestic violence to provide a prescribed form of evidence in order to apply for family law legal aid. The Court of Appeal heard the test case this week and will hand down a ruling in the coming weeks.
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Law Society consultation on SRA Accounts Rules

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is expected to consult on changes to the Accounts Rules in spring 2016. Help us to develop our policy position by reading and responding to our discussion paper.
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SRA consultation on 'a question of trust' - Law Society response

The Law Society has responded to the SRA consultation on professional standards and values, and what should happen when things go wrong.
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President's video blog

In the first video blog of the year, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers welcomes our first major report on the future of legal services, aimed at helping members and their clients. He also discusses representing the profession at the opening of the legal year in Hong Kong and Malaysia and congratulates the latest QC appointees.
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Jonathan Smithers

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Lawyers need defending too

To mark the day of the endangered lawyer, Jonathan Smithers was featured in the Guardian, where he writes about how countries without well-functioning justice systems and an independent legal profession deny people their human rights and hinder prosperity.
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Blog: Why I became a social mobility ambassador

Adele Edwin-Lamerton, social mobility ambassador for the Law Society, writes about her path into the law.
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Law Society survey on advocacy training

We are keen to gain a better understanding of the training market for advocacy and how well it meets our members' needs. To help us determine whether we could be doing more to assist members with regard to advocacy training, we would be grateful if you could complete this survey - it should take no more than a couple of minutes.

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Ransom scam email purporting to contain a CV

A member has drawn attention to a new email being sent to law firms. The email has an attachment purporting to be a CV. If you click on the attachment, malware will lock your computer and ask for a ransom.
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Reminder: Council elections

Vacancies have arisen for a Council member in the constituencies of Westminster and the Welsh Marches. The deadline for nominations is 4 February.
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Elderly Client Handbook, 5th edition

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

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Training and events

Castle debates - government environmental policy: Opportunities and threats - 2 CPD hours

George Osborne has announced in his spending review that there will be a £20 billion cut to Whitehall budgets by 2020. Expert speakers, including Matthew Spencer, director of Green Alliance, and Jill Rutter, programme director of the Institute for Government, will debate the impact that major cuts could have on current environmental policy in this free morning seminar.
Book now - 15 March

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

This conference will examine current compliance issues that affect firms and legal departments. It will feature a mix of plenary sessions and a choice of concurrent 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


The Care Act - 1 CPD hour

This webinar provides an overview of the key changes, as a result of the Care Act 2014, relating to the assessment, provision and funding of care services in England and Wales. It will cover the well-being principle, paying for care, the assessment and eligibility process, property and deferred payments, the cap on care costs and disputes with the local authority.
Book now - 9 February
Private Client Section members receive a 20 per cent discount

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Time is running out - April 2016

April 2016 is the anniversary of pooling requirements. This date forms a capital allowances deadline for those that purchased or sold commercial property shortly after the new rules took full effect.
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Making the most of your membership


Certainty is the Law Society's endorsed provider of a national will register and used by thousands of solicitors everyday to register and search for wills.
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Eclipse is the Law Society's endorsed Practice Management Software provider.
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