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22 April 2016

Government defeated over legal aid residence test

Attempts by the government to introduce a residence test for anyone claiming legal aid have been dismissed in a unanimous Supreme Court ruling. The Law Society had intervened in the Public Law Project's appeal against the Court of Appeal's ruling that the legal aid residence test is lawful.
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Law Society responds to 500 per cent immigration and asylum fee hike

There is a serious risk that the Ministry of Justice's planned six-fold rise in fees for individuals challenging immigration/asylum decisions will prevent many people from challenging incorrect Home Office administrative decisions about their entitlement to enter or remain in the UK.
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The legal implications of Brexit

On Wednesday, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on legal and constitutional affairs hosted an event for parliamentarians and legal practitioners to analyse the legal implications of Brexit on our constitution, employment rights and financial services. The APPG is supported by the Law Society and Bar Council.
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Blog: Law Society governance review

A review of the governance of the Law Society is underway. We are keen to hear from our members as we consider any changes, writes vice president Robert Bourns.

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Team of people working on cogs in a machine

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Business and human rights

On 5 April, president of the Law Society Jonathan Smithers delivered a speech at Chancery Lane during a joint seminar with the French National Bar Council. In the speech, Jonathan discusses business and human rights, and how the UN Guiding Principles in Business and Human Rights are a starting point but they are not an end in themselves.

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Jonathan Smithers

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Law Society statement on the proposed introduction of new tax evasion legislation

We cautiously welcome news that the UK government is considering introducing legislation this year to make it a criminal offence for companies if they fail to stop employees instructing clients on methods of evading tax.
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Research Roundup spring issue published

The second issue of the Law Society's quarterly publication on recent research covers a range of themes, including technological innovation, issues in specific areas of legal need, the use of regulation to improve information for purchasers, the price and value of legal services.
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Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme - we'd like your views

We will soon be inviting members of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme to take part in an online consultation to hear their views on the scheme. We believe it is important that any accreditation is member-driven and we want to ensure we can support, promote and protect the valuable work that active duty solicitors undertake.
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Legal elite to rule on Law Society Excellence Awards

The judges for this year's Excellence Awards represent the best of the profession, from high court judges and Maria Eagle, the shadow minister for culture, media and sport, through to internationally renowned solicitors and former winners.

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Nominations close on Friday 27 May
Celebrating 10 years of excellence - read the blog


Celebrating excellence

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DCLG consultation on the implementation of planning changes - Law Society and CLLS joint response

The Law Society's Planning and Environmental Law Committee joined forces with the City of London Law Society (CLLS) to respond the Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) technical consultation on the planning elements of the Housing and Planning Bill.
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JAC seeks dry-run volunteers for district deputy judge appointment exercise

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has been asked to recommend 18 candidates for the post of deputy district judge (Magistrates' Court). The JAC is now seeking dry-run volunteers for this appointment exercise.
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Legal Compliance Bulletin

The Legal Compliance Bulletin provides up-to-date and practical information on every aspect of legal compliance and regulation for solicitors, barristers and practice managers. The straightforward information and advice reflects the characteristics of modern practice and provides coverage of the latest developments in the regulation of solicitors.

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Training and events

Anti-money laundering workshops 2016 - 2 CPD hours

Money Laundering Reporting Officers are faced with difficult and challenging questions on a regular basis. Reporting decisions, deciding what guidance and training to give to your staff, and simply answering their questions can all be daunting. These workshops will help you deal with such challenges by discussing real-life scenarios with experts in the field.
Book now - various dates
Discounted for Section members - find out more about the Sections

Judicial appointments: Interview training for solicitors - 5.5 CPD hours

In view of the increasing competition for judicial appointments, this course will help solicitor applicants to enhance their applications and interview performance. Courses are taking place in Bristol and London.
Book now - various dates

In-house Division annual conference 2016 - 5.5 CPD hours

The conference brings together in-house lawyers from the public, corporate and third sectors, and provides expert advice on best-practice strategies and policies. The sessions will cover flexible working, building an effective in-house department and the changing demands on the legal profession, alongside practical breakout sessions tailored to different sectors.
Book now - 15 June (early-bird booking fees before 15 May)
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PR for small firms: Practical guide to improving your public relations for maximum impact - 1 CPD hour

This webinar will provide practical tips for improving your public relations (PR) for business development. The session will cover what PR is, how PR is different from marketing, PR on a shoestring and networking tips.
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20 per cent discount for Law Management Section members

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