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8 January 2016


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 webteam@lawsociety.org.uk.

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New Financial Services Compensation Scheme deposit limit

The Law Society has updated its practice note on deposit protection for client accounts, following changes to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). As of 1 January 2016, a new level of protection under the FSCS has been introduced with a limit of £75,000.
Find out more

 

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Property updates

Treasury consults on higher SDLT for second homes and buy-to-let properties

HM Treasury is consulting for only five weeks on the details of the higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on purchases of additional residential properties, such as buy-to-let properties and second homes, announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement.
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Help to Buy: ISA scheme - Conveyancer Guidelines published

HM Treasury has published the Conveyancer Guidelines for the Help to Buy: ISA scheme. The guidelines explain the conveyancer's role in the process. They also give details of the process for registering to use the Help to Buy: ISA scheme portal.
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HMLR - changes to handling disputed applications

From January 2016, HM Land Registry (HMLR) is changing the way it deals with disputed applications. It will now allow six months for a disputed application to be resolved before it is referred to the Land Registration division of the Property Chamber, First-tier Tribunal.
Find out more

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Cybersecurity updates

Blog: You've been hacked - you just don't know it yet

Nick Podd considers the issues around cybersecurity and outlines how law firms can take responsibility for the security of their clients' data.
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cybersecurity

Cybersecurity for law firms - webinar

The Law Society is working with police and government, as well as cybersecurity experts, to help solicitors stay up to date with the latest fraud and scam information. We are offering members training in cyberfraud and security prevention.
Find out more

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Preliminary notice of Council election

Vacancies have arisen for a Council member in the constituencies of Westminster and the Welsh Marches.
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JAC seeking advisory group solicitor representative

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is seeking expressions of interest from solicitors that would like to sit on its advisory group.
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The Sentencing Council draft guideline for reduction in sentence for a guilty plea

The Sentencing Council is publishing a consultation in February on the draft guideline for reduction in sentence for a guilty plea. The Office of the Sentencing Council will be speaking to a number of criminal defence solicitors and barristers about the draft guideline during the consultation period. If would like to give around 45 minutes of your time to participate in this research exercise, which will be conducted by telephone during February and March, please fill in this short form.

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Attorney General launches pilot programme for appeals into unduly lenient sentences

The new six-month pilot programme will enable Grade 4 prosecution advocates to undetake unduly lenient sentences case work normally reserved for Treasury counsel.
Find out more on GOV.UK

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500 years of right to confidential advice from a lawyer ignored in draft bill

The Law Society has responded to the draft Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee consultation, calling for explicit protection for clients so that they are able to speak to their legal advisers and receive confidential advice.
Find out more

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North-west solicitor appointed to the QC Selection Panel

North-west solicitor Edward Nally has been appointed as the new solicitor member on the QC Selection Panel, following an open competition for the role.
Find out more

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BCM to be rolled out nationwide

Better case management (BCM) is to be introduced across England and Wales, following its use in eight early-adopter Crown Court sites in October and November 2015. Rollout at all Crown Court sites will take place in January 2016 and will apply to cases where the date of sending is on or after 5 January 2016.
Find out more

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The SRA Handbook (November 2015 edition)

This book sets out the standards and requirements the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) expect solicitors to achieve and observe, for the benefit of the clients they serve. Understand the latest changes and obligations with this new edition, updated to Version 15 (1 November 2015).

Order your copy today

 

Elderly Client Handbook, 5th edition

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Training and events

Anti-money laundering workshops 2016 - 2 CPD hours

Reporting decisions, deciding what guidance and training to give to your staff and simply answering their questions can all be daunting. This seminar will help Money Laundering Reporting Officers deal with such challenges by discussing real-life scenarios with experts in the field.
Book now - various dates

Sponsors:
Accuity
Experian


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 their application and interview performance. Courses are taking place in Bristol and London.
Book now - various dates


Law Management Section HR forum - 5 CPD hours

Whether working in a small or large practice, this forum will provide a focused mix of strategic insight and practical solutions on current HR and staffing issues, specific to law firms. This year we have a range of plenary sessions led by hands-on experts, covering recruitment and retention, absence management, employment law and managing social media.
Book now - 16 March 2016
Join the Law Management Section

Webinar

Financial planning before death for private client solicitors and executors - 1 CPD hour

Award-winning chartered financial planner, Jonothan McColgan, will provide practical advice on structuring the death benefits of financial products for executors and private client practitioners. Jonothan will update you on the changes to pension legislation, examine the changes to ISA legislation and explore planning for investment bonds.
Book now - 19 January 2016
Private Client Section members receive a 20 per cent discount

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Making the most of your membership

BankersAccuity

BankersAccuity offers members specially negotiated rates on PEP and Sanctions screening.
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Law Society Platinum Visa Card

The Law Society Platinum Visa Card provides all the features you would expect with a rate of typical 9.9% APR (variable) on all purchases.
Find out more

View all membership benefits

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