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4 June 2015

Litigants in person: new guidelines for lawyers

These guidelines have been prepared jointly by the Bar Council, CILEx and the Law Society and offer practical advice for lawyers who face litigants in person in the civil courts and tribunals.
Read the guidelines

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Legal Ombudsman updates

Practice note: what to do when a complaint goes to the Legal Ombudsman

This practice note provides guidance on the processes used by the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) and what you can do to resolve a complaint once it has been referred to LeO.
Read the practice note

Discussion paper on how the Legal Ombudsman should be funded

Don't forget to respond to our discussion paper on how LeO should be funded. We want to hear your views on the 'polluter pays' model, free cases and case fee waivers. The deadline is Friday 10 July 2015.
Have your say

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Law Society Excellence Awards: nominations deadline extended

Good news! Due to the number of last-minute entries, we have extended the deadline for nominations to this year's Excellence Awards by one week. Don't miss this opportunity to recognise the very best in our profession.
Make your nominations online by Friday 12 June


Excellence Awards

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Property updates

Land Registry: changes to receipt of applications

From Monday 8 June, Land Registry will be changing the address for applications by post, DX and personal delivery.
Read more

Stamp Duty Land Tax: online payments by debit and credit cards

HMRC is now able to receive payment for Stamp Duty Land Tax by debit or credit card using a new online payment service.
Read more

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Invoicing clients by email

My client has asked me to send bills to him by email. Can I do this? Read the answer on our website or call the Practice Advice Service on 020 7320 5675 for free and confidential support.
Find out more about our service

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Join the Private Client Section - the community for private client practitioners

Membership of the Private Client Section will give you the specialist support you need on current issues affecting you and your practice. The Section also provides access to exclusive online content, magazines, topical webinars and networking opportunities.
Find out more and join today

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Legal Sustainability Alliance - All Change Challenge

The All Change Challenge runs from June to mid-September 2015 with the aim of encouraging commuters to change to healthier, more sustainable ways of travelling. You can compete on your own or as part of your firm's team to win rewards and prizes.
Find out more and register

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Solicitors' Accounts Manual, 13th edition

This new edition provides the text of the rules updated to 1 April 2015. The book includes completely revised appendices, the new SRA Warning Notice on the improper use of client accounts, recent SRA guidance on withdrawing residual client balances and case studies on the role of the COFA.
Order today

  Solicitors' Accounts Manual, 13th edition

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Next 2020 discussion: brand

Today's lively discussion focused on the future of legal services. Join us on Twitter using #LawSociety2020 next Thursday from 15:00-16:00 when we'll discuss the solicitor brand and what being a solicitor means to our members and their clients. Why do people become solicitors? How will this change in the future? We value your input - find out how you can contribute.

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TaxFunder now open

With 10 million tax returns being made this year by small businesses, ensure that your firm doesn't leave it until the last minute. Get an instant quote to fund your bill over six or 12 months using Syscap's TaxFunder portal.
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Training and events

Mergers - will you reap the dividend? (Webinar)

The mergers market continues to be extremely active and is likely to be so for some considerable time. This webinar will provide practical guidance from two experienced practitioners from a financial and a legal background on topics including pre-merger, having clear strategic reasons to merge, ensuring partner buy-in, setting robust forecasts, and more.
Book now - 17 June

International Marketplace 2015: going global - 5.5 CPD hours

This conference will provide business development advice and support to firms looking to explore opportunities and grow their business in emerging global markets. The event also offers an opportunity to network with leading law firms from around the UK and from key emerging markets.
Book now - 1 July
Find out more about the International Division

Development masterclasses for legal professionals

We are delighted to present a series of development masterclasses for solicitors and legal professionals. The masterclasses will develop your presentation skills, build your self-confidence and self-awareness and enhance your team leadership style as well as teaching successful techniques for creating sales opportunities.
Book now - various dates

Lexcel Conference 2015: managing implementation - practical advice and guidance - 4.5 CPD hours

This year's conference offers a mix of plenary presentations and focused workshop sessions that will cover leveraging Lexcel to win new business, client feedback, risk management, file and case management and an introduction to best practice strategy planning.
Book now - 21 October
Find out more about Lexcel

Sponsored by:Skyscap

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Expert insurance for valued homes

Protect your home and belongings with Hiscox, the Law Society's preferred home insurance partner. Members receive a 12.5 per cent discount.
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Making the most of your membership

JLT Property Insurance

JLT Property Insurance in conjunction with the Law Society offers flexible unoccupied property insurance tailored specifically for solicitors.
Find out more

JLT Travel Insurance

JLT Travel Insurance provides single or multi-trip cover for individuals, couples or families.
Find out more

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