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5 February 2016

Lord Justice Jackson calls for the extension of fixed costs for claims up to £250,000 - Law Society response

The Law Society voiced concerns about Lord Justice Jackson's proposals, as the application of fixed costs for highly complex cases is likely to be inappropriate and would raise significant questions about the ability of many people to access justice.
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Diversity Access Scheme opens for applications

The Law Society Diversity Access Scheme (DAS) opened for applications on Wednesday 3 February. DAS aims to improve social mobility in the legal profession by supporting talented people who face exceptional social, educational, financial or personal obstacles to qualification as a solicitor.
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Law Society publishes guidance for members on the SRA's new learning and development scheme

The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors to help them adapt to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) new learning and development regime, known as 'Continuing Competence'. The guidance has been issued in the form of frequently asked questions and has been prepared to help solicitors comply with the SRA's new requirements.
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The new SRA assessment framework for legal education and training - have your say

The SRA is proposing to introduce a Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), a series of centralised assessments of knowledge and skills to replace existing ways to qualify as solicitor. The Law Society expressed its key policy lines in September and will be responding to this consultation in full. The SRA's consultation closes on 4 March. We would like to encourage you to respond to the SRA to have your say.
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Blog: How not to be an emotionally resilient lawyer

In the second instalment on emotional health for solicitors, Julian Hall, founding director of stress, conflict and anger management specialists Calm People, takes a look at the behaviours that undermine our sense of wellbeing.

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The future of Britain in Europe: legal services

As the debate on the UK's position in Europe hots up in the media, why not take a look at the reports we have published that aim to help our members navigate the impact a possible Brexit could have on the legal services sector:

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Regulatory independence

The government announced before Christmas that it would be consulting on legal services regulation.
Read the latest on our position on independent regulation

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Law Society proposes 'single test' to allay stamp-duty fears

The Law Society has proposed a single test that could resolve several concerns arising from the government's higher stamp duty rates for second homes.
Read more in the Gazette

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Update on unrated professional indemnity insurers Balva, ERIC and Enterprise

The Financial Conduct Authority has imposed fines on individuals and firms in connection with activities which led to the unrated insurers Balva and ERIC going into administration, leaving over 1,300 firms without professional indemnity cover.

In a separate announcement, the unrated insurer, Elite, said it is pulling out of the solicitors' PII market.
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Law Society publishes the first issue of Research Roundup

Compiled by the Law Society's Research Unit, this quarterly report highlights recent research on the legal services market published by legal sector bodies, the Ministry of Justice, academics and others interested in the sector.
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Reading Room opening times

The Reading Room at Chancery Lane provides a prestigious setting for Law Society members to meet colleagues and clients. We now update our website with the times the Reading Room is closed due to events taking place.

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Deprivation of Liberty

This book for health and social care professionals and solicitors presents recent guidance on the deprivation of liberty from a variety of sources. It is designed to help professionals to understand and apply the legislation and case law in order to assess whether or not a person is likely to be deprived of their liberty.

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Training and events

Criminal legal aid: what next, now that two tier has gone? - 1.5 CPD hours

Now that the government has decided not to proceed with the tender process for criminal legal aid contracts, what does this decision mean for you and what will happen next? Law Society president Jonathan Smithers and head of legal aid Richard Miller will be providing an update on the effects of this decision and what the Legal Aid Agency intends to do now. This free event will also be a chance to ask questions and to tell us what you would like us to argue for in the new arrangements.
Book now - 11 February (registration closes 48 hours prior the start of the event)

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
Discounted rates for Law Management Section members

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

This 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 'knowledge cafe', where you will be able to speak directly to experts on issues that concern you.
Book now - 17 March

Women Lawyers Division returner course - 12.5 CPD hours

This two-day course provides returning solicitors, men and women, with the tools they require to enable them to return to the profession after a career break. It will cover the challenges of returning to the workplace, tips on CV preparation, a CV clinic, career options, self-assessment workshops and a crash course on social media.
Book now - 8 April (early-bird booking until 11 March)


Covenants and easements - 1 CPD hour

This webinar will examine the important area of covenants and easements, which causes many practical problems for conveyancers. As well as considering key elements of the current law, it will also look at the Law Commission's proposals for reform.
Book now - 12 February
Included in Property Section membership

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Is your professional indemnity insurance premium competitive?

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