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LAA to push ahead with CCMS | Consultation on moving Land Registry operations into the private sector | FT reports PS85m stolen from law firms by hackers

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1 April 2016

LAA to push ahead with compulsory client and cost management system

Mandatory use of the Legal Aid Agency's (LAA) client and cost management system (CCMS) is to go ahead on Friday despite recent technical problems with the LAA Online Portal.
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Consultation on moving Land Registry operations into the private sector

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has launched a public consultation on moving the operations of Land Registry into the private sector. If you want to put forward views on which option you prefer for consideration in preparation of the Law Society's response, please send your comments to by 14 April.
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Scams and cybersecurity

FT reports £85m stolen from law firms by hackers

The Financial Times has reported that £85m has been stolen from British law firms by hackers over the past 18 months via so-called 'Friday afternoon fraud'. Fraudsters often target firms on Friday afternoons, when many housing transactions complete and substantial amounts of client money are transferred.

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See our guidance on how to protect your firm against scams



Blog: Cyber-attack - how would 007 do it?

Stuart Poole-Robb, chief executive of KCS Group Europe, discusses a new threat to law firms' IT systems and provides some tips to prevent attacks from occurring.

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Practice Advice Service Q&A: Acting for a buyer of a house where the seller is unrepresented

In this Q&A, a solicitor is acting for the buyer of a house, where the seller has decided to cut costs by not instructing a solicitor to act for him. Fortunately, there is no mortgage on the property. The seller lives locally, and tells me he has sold properties before and that he is happy to call in to my office to exchange and complete.
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Video blog: Jonathan Smithers announces Excellence Awards keynote speaker

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers reveals the acclaimed keynote speaker for this year's Excellence Awards. He also discusses the budget's implications for solicitors and his thoughts on artificial intelligence in the legal sector.

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Jonathan Smithers

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Council updates

Make a difference to the work of the Law Society: become a committee member

Our committees help make and implement Law Society policy on particular areas of law and on equality, diversity, and inclusion. We are looking for exceptional solicitors to join our talented teams, which oversee important decisions that directly affect our members and the public.
Find out more - deadline: 20 April 2016

Reminder: Council elections 2016

Want to represent the profession? Apply to become a Law Society Council member.
Find out more - deadline: 20 April 2016

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The Insurance Act 2015 and PII - Law Society response

We have asked the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to provide guidance for the profession to explain the meaning of, and reasons for, changes to the professional indemnity insurance (PII) minimum terms and conditions, in advance of implementing the proposed changes.
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Our response to the Welsh government's planning and language consultation

We have responded to the Welsh government's consultation on changes to the Technical Advice Note TAN 20 on Planning and the Welsh Language. These changes arose as a result of bringing into force provisions contained in the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.
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Excellence in Pro Bono - make your nomination today

Is your pro bono work having a strategic impact in the community? We are looking for outstanding examples of innovation and best practice by solicitors providing pro bono legal work. Nominations close on Friday 27 May.
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Celebrating excellence

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The Legal Training Handbook

Following the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), the SRA has launched wide-ranging reforms to the legal education and training framework. For solicitors in England and Wales, the reforms mean change to nearly every part of the qualification pathway, and to nearly all aspects of required training. This book helps firms navigate these changes by explaining and providing guidance on the new requirements.

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The Legal Training Handbook

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Training and events

Legalex 2016

Legalex is the UK's fastest growing legal event and the first and only focused on 'the business behind law'. Take advantage of over 150 free CPD-certified seminars, one-to-one advice, networking and 150 of the most innovative products and services.
Book now - 11 and 12 May

Cybersecurity and digital transformation - 3 CPD hours

This seminar will address the common digital technology challenges faced by small and medium-sized law firms. It provides the ideal forum to discuss and share experiences with fellow practitioners. You will also hear the latest thinking on cybersecurity and benefit from a host of practical advice from expert speakers.
Book now - 9 June
Discounted rates for Section members

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


Brussels IV update - 1.5 hours

The webinar will focus on the Brussels IV regulation, which came into effect on 17 August 2015, and will cover the following jurisdictions: Spain, France, Italy, USA and Germany. The session will examine cross-border issues for English law, across Europe and the US, and the impact of European succession for each jurisdiction.
Book now - 7 April
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Making the most of your membership

Armstrong Watson

The Law Society's endorsed provider of accountancy services to law firms in the northern regions of England.
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The Association of British Investigators offers solicitors peace of mind when choosing investigative service suppliers.
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