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12 May 2016


Anti-corruption statement by professional bodies

The Law Society has joined with other professional bodies and pledged to continue our work to tackle bribery, corruption, tax evasion, money laundering and the financing of international terrorism, as leaders from across the world gather in London for an anti-corruption summit.
Read the press release
Read the statement

Find out about our Anti-money laundering and financial crime conference 2016.

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Dying Matters Awareness Week

This week, we have helped promote Dying Matters Awareness Week. Here are some highlights.

Why putting your will at the top of your to-do list is so important

If you forget to make a will, when you die you could leave a sea of problems for your already bereaved family and friends, the Law Society warned today.
Find out more

Plan for the future with lasting power of attorney

People are living longer so it is vitally important we plan ahead - not just for our own care, but we should also help our parents plan as well. Lasting powers of attorney enable you to choose to give someone you trust the power to act on your behalf in situations which you have identified.
Find out more

Online accounts, photos, music, emails - what happens to your digital assets after your death?

Dying Matters Awareness Week encourages people to think about the things they leave behind, but what about your digital assets, such as online accounts and digital media?
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Blog: Protecting your online assets

Gary Rycroft, partner at Joseph A Jones and Co solicitors, writes about what happens to your digital assets after death, and how to protect them.
Read the blog

 

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Find out more about the Private Client Section

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Department of Health consultation on clinical negligence expected this summer

The Department of Health's consultation on the introduction of a fixed-costs regime for some clinical negligence claims is expected to be published this summer, either in May or after the EU referendum. We will continue to engage members and relevant organisations to ensure their views feed into our response to the forthcoming consultation.
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Interactive ethical scenario on speaking up as a junior lawyer

We have launched the third interactive scenario, featuring Ethel, our ethical guru, who will guide you on the best way to proceed when faced with a dilemma.

In this scenario, a junior solicitor finds herself in a difficult situation when she discovers potential misconduct by her training principal and supervisor.
Complete the scenario in our CPD Centre (requires login)

Please note: if you're not a member of our free CPD Centre, you will need to register. It only takes two minutes to register and you will be taken straight to the scenario once registered.

 

Ethical scenario

Make your nominations for Junior Lawyer of the Year Award

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New Practice Advice Service Q&A: Finding information about ADR

This Q&A asks whether firms must display information about alternative dispute resolution (ADR) on their websites.
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Property updates

CON29DW: Drainage and Water Searches Network

The content of the CON29DW has been updated to reflect changes to legislation which impacts the water industry.
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CON29 and CON29O enquiries

The Law Society's revised CON29 and CON29O forms will go live on 4 July.
Find out more

VAT on CON29 searches

HM Revenue & Customs has said that, from 4 July, local authorities will be required to charge VAT on CON29 and CON29O searches.
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CHAPS operating hours

The Bank of England has confirmed that the CHAPS payment system will be staying open later from 20 June.
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Land Registry launches local land charges consultation

The Land Registry has launched a consultation on the draft Local Land Charges Rules 2017.
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Mortgage Credit Directive: revised certificate of title reminder

The Mortgage Credit Directive was implemented in the UK on 21 March and the certificate of title was updated to reflect the changes.
Find out more

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LawWorks

The Law Society is pleased to fund LawWorks, the solicitors' pro bono charity. LawWorks promote, encourage and support pro bono activity across England and Wales, using its experience and understanding to ensure pro bono is targeted where it can be most effective and have the greatest impact.
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Law Society response to the Sentencing Council's consultation

We have responded to the Sentencing Council's consultation which looks at the draft guideline on reduction in sentence for a guilty plea.
Read the full response

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Mental health first-aid training

16-20 May is Mental Health Awareness Week. As part of a programme of initiatives to support solicitors' mental health, we are offering mental health first-aid training later this year. The training will cover how to work more effectively with people experiencing mental health problems.
Find out more

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Excellence in Learning and Development Award - nominate today

Has your learning and development initiative delivered true business benefit? Impress the Excellence Awards judges by telling them about the development needs your training addressed, the rationale behind the delivery of the learning programme, and how you measured the effectiveness of the approach. 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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Training and events

Regulatory update for property practitioners: How proposed changes to the Code of Conduct, Accounts Rules and CML Handbook will affect you - 2 CPD hours

Designed by the Property Section, these seminars will discuss the changes to the SRA Code of Conduct and how they might have an imnpact on you in everyday practice. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and to network with our speakers, members of our Property Section Committee and other professionals in the industry.
Book now - various dates
Included in Property Section membership




Sponsor:

PSG


How to make partner, an evening with Heather Townsend - 1.5 CPD hours

Heather Townsend will provide valuable tips and advice for solicitors looking to become a partner. The event also includes a panel of partners, all of whom have experience in going through this process. They will talk about how they got to partner, the benefits of being a partner, and also answer any questions you may have.
Book now - 8 June




Sponsor:

Pro Legal


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 Birmingham, Bristol and London.
Book now - various dates

Webinar

Promoting the role of employment solicitors to maximise business opportunities - 1 CPD hour

As employment law services are increasingly being offered by a variety of providers, it is becoming more important to stand out in this competitive market. This webinar will help you to deepen your marketplace knowledge, get a better understanding of how to make the most of your practice and gain practical tips to maximise business opportunities.
Book now - 24 May
The webinar is available at no charge for all Law Society members.

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Making the most of your membership

Hiscox

Protect your home and belongings with Hiscox, the Law Society's preferred home insurance partner. Law Society members can save 12.5 per cent.
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Hiscox

Law Society members benefit from a discount of five per cent on the standard Hiscox rates for the life of their policy.
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View all membership benefits

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