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15 April 2016

Thousands to take to the streets of London for access to justice

In a month's time thousands of solicitors, barristers, members of the judiciary, law students and friends will be walking through central London, raising money for the London Legal Support Trust (LLST).
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Help to promote the London Legal Walk - take part in the LLST's Thunderclap

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Have your say on SRA Accounts Rules and alternatives to client accounts

We want to hear members' views on the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) Accounts Rules and alternatives to client accounts. We have extended the deadlines for both of our consultations to Tuesday 31 May.

Find out more about the consultations:

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Scams and cybersecurity updates

Protect your data

It is vital that firms keep up to date with cybersecurity. Many firms hold confidential client data that they have a legal and professional duty to protect - we have resources to help you meet your responsibilities in this important area.

Updated practice note: Protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam

We have made two key changes to our practice note in the light of members' experiences. The first concerns how a scammed firm should go about informing clients and other parties and clarifies how to manage the tension between client privilege and obligation to inform the insurer. The second change concerns how the client account may be operated again.
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Cybercrime and professional indemnity insurance

The Gazette warns that professional indemnity insurers may, when setting premiums this year, ask firms what they are doing to prevent criminals from stealing client money or confidential data, and what security and IT systems they have in place.
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Excellence Awards

Blog: Celebrating 10 years of excellence

Annaliese Fiehn, senior programme and marketing officer, writes about the Law Society's Excellence Awards and explains the nomination process.
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Solicitor Advocate of the Year - make your nomination today

Do you know an exceptional solicitor advocate? Celebrate their outstanding achievements by nominating them for the Law Society's Solicitor Advocate of the Year Award. We are looking for an inspirational individual who has made a significant contribution through their advocacy work and whose practical advocacy skills are second to none. Nominations close on Friday 27 May.
Make your nominations today


Celebrating excellence

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Legal Ombudsman updates

Law Society view on Legal Ombudsman funding

We continue to support the 'polluter pays' principle but believe that this should be more nuanced and targeted to protect small firms in particular. The two 'free cases' should be reintroduced and the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) should consider lowering the case fee and waiving it for those who provide pro bono services.
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LeO consultation on its draft strategy 2016/17 - Law Society response

We broadly agree with LeO's priorities, particularly those around increasing efficiency and the quality of complaints handling, and disseminating more information to the profession. We would not support the inclusion of third party complaints within LeO's remit.
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Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation to award human rights essay prize

The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, will award the Law Society's annual human rights essay prize at the Graham Turnbull memorial lecture next week.
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President's report 2016

The Law Society president works nationally and internationally to highlight the work we do to represent, promote and support solicitors. This infographic outlines some key outcomes for the Law Society and shows the range of the president's work this year.
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Jonathan Smithers

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Pro bono case study: Solicitor contributes to newspaper's court victory

Caroline Kean acted pro bono for the regional newspaper The Bolton News during its campaign to name two councillors who failed to pay their council tax.
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New Practice Advice Service Q&A on providing details of PII cover in client care letters

This Q&A on client care letters discusses the amount of detail required when providing information on professional indemnity insurance (PII).
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Priorities for justice in Wales

We have set out our priorities for justice in Wales ahead of the upcoming National Assembly elections. We are committed to ensuring effective access to justice in Wales and work with solicitors and stakeholders to develop legal services and access to those services. This report outlines how we will build on our activity.
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Priorities for justice

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LSB consultation on changes to the Legal Services Act 2007 - Law Society response

We welcome the opportunity to respond to the Legal Services Board's (LSB) consultation on proposed changes to the Practising Fee Rules 2009, made under section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007. The need for clarity and transparency is a key driver behind the LSB's proposals.
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Try something new: become a committee member and make a difference to the work of the Law Society

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

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Assessment of Mental Capacity, 4th edition

Written by experts from a variety of disciplines, this book combines a precise statement of the law with a practical, jargon-free approach. It also provides guidelines on a range of issues, including capacity to form intimate personal relationships and to consent to medical treatment.

Order today



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Training and events

The potential impact of Brexit on the future of the legal sector - 1 CPD hour

We are hosting a free panel discussion on the potential impact of a UK withdrawal from the European Union. Speakers from both the 'Leave Campaign' and 'Remain Campaign' will ensure that both sides of the argument are represented. The expert panel includes Keir Starmer QC MP, Chris Bryant, Clive Thorne and Martin Howe QC.
Book now - 28 April

What place does ethics have in modern business? - 1.5 CPD hours

The Law Society attaches the highest value to ethical behaviour - but is being good, good for business? Commitment to behaving ethically is at the heart of what it means to be a solicitor and as part of the City Week programme of events, we are hosting a panel discussion to consider the interplay between business, ethics and the role of legal advisers to business. The expert panel includes Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, Lord Bilamoria CBE DL, Simon Davis and Debra Valentine.
Book now - 11 May

Breakfast seminar: In-house Division Committee and Lord Clement-Jones CBE - 1.5 CPD hours

Lord Clement-Jones CBE, solicitor and life peer, will look at lessons to be drawn from the business regulation policies of the previous government and examine some of the key business themes of the current government. Members of the In-house Division committee will also discuss challenges affecting their diverse working environments.
Book now - 13 May
Find out more about the In-house Division

Competition Section annual conference 2016 - 6.5 CPD hours

The conference offers a mix of engaging panel sessions and more detailed presentations. It covers a wide variety of topics, including state aid, merger control, the digital single market, competition litigation, and anti-trust enforcement and commitments.
Book now - 19 May
Discounted rate for Competition Section members



Small Firms Division annual conferences 2016 - 3.5 CPD hours

These conferences, held in London and Leeds, will feature breakout groups, Q&A sessions and opportunities for networking with fellow delegates. They will cover everyday issues faced by practitioners in small firms and include offering exceptional client service, latest hot topics in finance, marketing for small firms, improving your rate of referrals and utilising what you can offer in your firm.
Book now - various dates
Find out more about the Small Firms Division


International child re-location - 1 CPD hour

The webinar, presented by Jane Lakin, LLB, LLM, solicitor, will give you a clear understanding of this complex area of law, enabling you to effectively represent local authorities, children and parents in public-law cases, as well as providing you with current case law to draw upon.
Book now - 27 April
Included in Family Section membership

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Making the most of your membership


Certainty is the Law Society's endorsed provider of a national will register and used by thousands of solicitors everyday to register and search for wills.
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Eclipse is the Law Society's endorsed Practice Management Software provider.
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