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7 April 2016

Law Society comment on LSB pricing of legal services report

The Legal Services Board's (LSB) report shows that clients can choose from a broad range of options when purchasing legal services, allowing them to select the level of service they need at the right price for them. However, solicitors work to professional standards, are regulated, have insurance and their clients have access to redress, whereas other providers of legal service are not regulated and therefore do not provide consumers with the same level protection.
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Blog: How do you compare - Financial Benchmarking Survey 2016

Andy Harris, director in the legal team at Hazlewoods LLP, looks at the results of this year's Financial Benchmarking Survey.

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Property updates

Flood Re launched

The flood reinsurance scheme known as Flood Re has been launched this week.
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Introduction of Mortgage Credit Directive - changes to certificate of title

The Mortgage Credit Directive came into force on 21 March. Prospective borrowers have been given a 'reflection period', allowing them to compare mortgage offers, assess their implications and make an informed decision. The certificate of title has been updated at paragraph 1(b) to act as confirmation that the borrower wishes to proceed with the offer.
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Updating the Land Registration Act 2002

The Law Commission has published a consultation paper setting out proposals to amend and update the Land Registration Act 2002.
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Home Office AML survey open

Ipsos MORI, the independent market research organisation, is conducting a survey about the issue of anti-money laundering (AML), on behalf of the Home Office and the National Crime Agency. Completing the survey will only take five minutes and these organisations would very much appreciate your participation. The survey will close at midday on 13 April.
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CAP master orders

Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales, has recently published a set of Child Arrangements Programme (CAP) templates for private law children practitioners which replace forms CAP01 to CAP04.
Download the templates
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MoJ consultation on fee proposals for grants of probate - Law Society response

The Law Society has responded to the Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) consultation on proposals to reform fees for grants of probate.
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European Commission feasibility study on the development of an EU VAT web portal - Law Society response

We have submitted a response to the European Commission's feasibility study on the development of an EU VAT web portal. This web portal would provide a single access point for consulting VAT rules and procedures that apply in and across the different EU member states.
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Law Society renews its commitment to the Legal Sustainability Alliance

We support this free-to-join collaborative network which is open to all UK law firms, because it brings benefits to solicitors in their every-day practice. A sustainable approach not only saves firms money, it can help secure new clients and win new business.
Find out more about the Legal Sustainability Alliance and register for a free half-day workshop on sustainability

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Pro bono opportunities with LawWorks

For many, pro bono is an essential part of being a solicitor. The Law Society supports LawWorks, which is at the centre of a committed network of solicitors, law students and paralegals dedicated to supporting some of the most vulnerable in society.
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Human Rights Lawyer of the Year - make your nomination today

Do you know a determined and dedicated human rights lawyer? Someone whose exceptional contribution to the promotion, protection and advancement of human rights deserves recognition? Nominate them today for this year's Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award. The closing date is Friday 27 May.
Make your nominations today


Celebrating excellence

Help us find this year's stars of legal aid

You can do this by nominating a person, organisation or innovative IT project in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards (LALYs). The deadline for nominations is Monday 25 April.
Make your nominations on the LAPG website (PDF)
Follow #LALY16 on Twitter

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The Future of the In-house Lawyer

This special report offers a collection of essays by in-house counsel from different types of organisations. Topics covered include how the in-house function is changing, the skills needed to meet future challenges and how to support the changing needs of your organisation.

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The Future of the In-house Lawyer

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Training and events

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

The conference will examine current compliance issues that affect firms and legal departments. It will feature a mix of plenary sessions and a choice of workshops to help you achieve best practice in compliance.
Book now - 15 April
Discounted rate for Risk and Compliance Service members


Document Direct

Junior Lawyers Division annual conference and ball 2016 - 5 CPD hours

The conference features keynote speeches and presentations, a lively interactive group session, practical breakout workshops and networking opportunities. Expert speakers will provide guidance and advice on giving and receiving feedback, legal project management and alternative legal career paths, as well as an update on major Junior Lawyers Division policy initiatives.
Book now - 16 April



TM Lewin

Capital markets in the European Union - 5.5 CPD hours

Hosted by world-class experts in capital markets, the event will offer an unmissable day of varied conference sessions, interactive panel discussions and valuable networking opportunities. The conference will focus on cross border, tax, systemic failures, dispute resolution, emerging banking ethics and codes of conduct.
Book now - 28 June
Find out about the International Division


Cyberfraud awareness and protection for conveyancing firms - 1 CPD hour

The webinar will give you a wider perspective of the key threats to ensure you are protecting your law firm from cybercrime. Presented by the Commercial Banking Fraud Management team at Lloyds Bank, together with the City of London Police, you will receive practical advice and guidance to mitigate cybersecurity risks.
Book now - 19 April
20 per cent discount for Property Section members

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Making the most of your membership


Catax Solutions provides Law Society members with expert support on capital allowances.
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Chancery Pii

Dedicated to one to four partner firms, offering A+ rated or equivalent professional indemnity insurance cover from a unique panel of markets.
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