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28 April 2016

Sector trends

Growth in number of commercial organisations employing solicitors

The number of practising solicitors both in-house and in private practice is on the up, according to our Annual Statistics Report for 2015. Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon commented: 'The legal sector contributes £25.7bn to the economy each year, with net exports now at £3.6bn per annum, so the growth in the sector is great news for the UK.'
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Law Society annual PII survey confirms favourable market for firms

For the second year running, professional indemnity insurance (PII) renewal went smoothly for the vast majority of firms, the 2015-16 PII survey has found. The market remains competitive and favourable for firms, with plenty of rated capacity. Worryingly, however, the cost of run-off cover has increased significantly in the last year.
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Legal aid updates

Law Society response to the ministerial statement on civil legal aid

Following a hard-won legal battle which culminated in a potentially life-saving ruling in the Court of Appeal in February, we think that evidence of domestic abuse should not be time-barred when victims are seeking to obtain legal aid for vital expert advice. We will continue to work with the Ministry of Justice and other stakeholders to ensure that the law provides access to legal advice.
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Legal aid cuts have led to surge in unrepresented defendants in the criminal courts

A report by a national justice charity, Transform Justice, has revealed that a combination of legal-aid cuts, complex bureaucracy and inadequate support and information for defendants has led to a surge in people appearing in court without a solicitor. The report suggests that miscarriages of justice and long delays in the criminal justice system are becoming more common because a growing number of people are having to represent themselves in court.
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Blog: London Legal Walk - supporting access to justice

Bob Nightingale, founder and head of fundraising at the London Legal Support Trust, explains how London's solicitors are helping the poorest and most vulnerable people in the region.
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London Legal Walk

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New Practice Advice Service Q&A on chasing clients who do not proceed with the execution of their will

This Q&A looks at what action can be taken when, having prepared a will for a client, they do not respond to written invitations to attend a firm's offices for the execution of their will.
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New bill of costs and J-Codes survey

We have published a survey to learn more about how members record their time and discover which members are already using J-Codes to time record.
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Law Society election results announced

We have announced the results of our 2016 presidential elections. Christina Blacklaws will take office as deputy vice president in July this year when Robert Bourns becomes president and Joe Egan takes over as vice president.

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Christina Blacklaws

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Welsh government's consultation on the statement of public participation - Law Society response

We recently responded to the Welsh government's consultation on the statement of public participation - the first stage in preparing the country's National Development Framework.
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Law Works pro bono training

LawWorks, supported by the Law Society, provides excellent training for their members in areas where there is a high demand for pro bono work, such as social-welfare law, family law or working with vulnerable clients. The training aims to support solicitors to provide competent pro bono legal advice.
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Celebrate your team's excellence

Has your practice made a real impact over the last 12 months? Celebrate your achievements by nominating your team for a Law Society Excellence Award. Categories include Excellence in Marketing and Communications and Excellence in Business Development. Nominations close on Friday 27 May.
Make your nominations today


Celebrating excellence

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Elderly Client Handbook, 5th edition

Reflecting the need of lawyers in this area to maintain impressive generalist knowledge and keen problem-solving skills, this book brings together an array of leading experts to present a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the relevant law and practice.

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Profitability and Law Firm Management, 3rd edition

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Training and events

Competition Section annual conference 2016 - 6.5 CPD hours

The conference offers a mix of engaging panel sessions and 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



LegalEx 2016

LegalEx is the event for forward-thinking, ambitious legal firms of all shapes and sizes. The show consists of 150 world-class exhibitors, innovative suppliers, one-to-one advice, workshops, masterclasses and over 150 CPD-certified seminars from the best in the industry.
Book your free tickets - 11 and 12 May

Small Firms Division annual conferences 2016 - 3.5 CPD hours

These conferences, held in London and Leeds, will feature breakout groups, question-and-answer sessions, and opportunities for networking with fellow delegates. The conferences will cover offering exceptional client service, latest hot topics in finance, marketing for small firms, improving your rate of referrals, utilising what you can offer in your firm, and more.
Book now - various dates
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Brexit debate from the lawyer's perspective: Examining the impact for the legal sector - 1 CPD hour

This webinar examines the impact of Brexit for the legal sector, outlined in the Brexit report commissioned by the Law Society. It also explores the different options facing the voters from a legal perspective.
Book now - 17 May

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PII for one to four partner firms

Chancery Pii

Dedicated to one to four partner firms, Chancery Pii offers A+ rated or equivalent professional indemnity insurance cover from a unique panel of markets.
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Making the most of your membership


Experian offers members specially negotiated rates on AML e-verifications, identity and KYC checking.
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First Title

First Title Insurance plc is the preferred provider of legal indemnity insurance for the Law Society.
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