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20 May 2016

Growing influence of GCs revealed by Law Society report

The Law Society 2015 GC350 report shows that in-house legal teams are growing their influence and credibility. Two thirds of general counsel (GC) now sit on their organisation's board, with more than half reporting to the CEO.
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Thousands walk through London to raise cash for charity plugging justice gap

A gathering of thousands, including solicitors, barristers, members of the judiciary, law students and members of the public, took part in the biggest London Legal Walk to date in support of access to justice for all. The money raised will go to the London Legal Support Trust.
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Results of an intensive review of solicitors' AML compliance welcomed by the Law Society

We have welcomed a report from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which confirms that 'the overall picture is positive' for solicitors' anti-money laundering (AML) compliance, while agreeing that neither the SRA, nor the firms it regulates, can be complacent.
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Mental Health Awareness Week

Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce

The Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce, which will promote and support mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession in England and Wales, launched this week. This Law Society initiative is being driven by LawCare.
Find out more at LawCare

Blog: Stress and the legal profession

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Karen Jackson, disability discrimination solicitor at didlaw, discusses how stress affects the mind and body, and considers ways for law firms to manage the issue.
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2016 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards - shortlist announced

The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards are organised by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG). The Law Society is delighted to be a sponsor of the awards, which celebrate the invaluable work done by lawyers and advisers working in the publicly funded sector.
Find out more on the LAPG website (PDF)

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President's updates

The application of the law to machine learning and artificial intelligence

In this podcast, president of the Law Society Jonathan Smithers talks to Catherine Reed about the legal implications of the growing everyday use of machine learning technologies.

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Jonathan Smithers

Championing local law societies

On 6 May, Jonathan Smithers delivered a speech at the Presidents' and Secretaries' Conference 2016 in which he discussed the importance of local law societies, what we do for our members and what the future holds for the profession.
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Queen's speech reaction

Alexandra Cardenas, public affairs manager at the Law Society, discusses the points of interest relevant to the legal sector that were mentioned in the Queen's speech.
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Palace of Westminster

Stonewall - creating change

Duncan Wood, digital publishing editor at the Law Society, gives some top tips to help law firms ensure that they are inclusive places to work.
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Property updates

Updated Help to Buy: ISA portal

The updated Help to Buy: ISA portal will be launched on 23 May.
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HMRC: Additional residential properties - completion of SDLT return

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is reminding conveyancers to enter code '04' for the 'type of property' when the higher rates of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) for additional residential properties are due.
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Remuneration for contempt proceedings - your chance to influence the MoJ's thinking

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is seeking responses from civil and criminal law practitioners to a pre-consultation questionnaire, the results of which will inform a forthcoming consultation on remuneration for contempt proceedings.
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Law Society statement on QC John Beggs

It was incorrectly reported that the Law Society had shortlisted QC John Beggs for a 'Barrister of the Year' award. QC John Beggs has not been nominated or shortlisted for any Law Society award nor is the Law Society involved in the 'Barrister of the Year' award.
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New Law Society member handbook published

We have published a new member handbook, which outlines some of the work we do to represent, promote and support solicitors throughout their careers. This handbook sets out the benefits of membership and provides links to where you can find further information on our website.
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Law Society handbook

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Governance review statement

In our new strategy in 2015, we committed to review the our governance. This week, Council took a further step in considering proposals for change to ensure it continues to be representative of a changing solicitors' profession.
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Consultation responses

ICAEW's reserved legal services application

The Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) is consulting on its proposed application to the Legal Services Board to become a regulator (approved regulator/licensing authority) for the five remaining reserved legal activities.
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ESMA draft guidelines on the market abuse regulation

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) aims to enhance market integrity and investor protection. Article 17(11) of MAR provides that European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) will issue guidelines on legitimate interests of issuers to delay inside information and situations in which the delay of disclosure is likely to mislead the public. This consultation outlines those draft guidelines.
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BIS call for views on effective reporting alongside proposals to implement EU requirements

Agreement has been reached on a new set of measures to harmonise the non-financial information that companies need to disclose. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) consulted on questions regarding the approach to implementing the European directive and explored whether there is a desire for wider reforms to the scope of narrative reporting by companies in the UK.
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Enhancing transparency of beneficial ownership information of foreign companies

BIS is proposing a register that would require foreign companies who already own property in the UK (or wish to purchase UK property in the future) to disclose their beneficial ownership details.
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Only one week left!

There is only one week left to make your nominations for this year's Law Society Excellence Awards. We want to hear about the best and brightest who really make the legal profession shine. Nominations close on Friday 27 May.
Make your nominations today


Celebrating excellence

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The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

This book provides a unique step-by-step guide to the law and practice of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), from the issue of proceedings through to appeal. It is the only comprehensive book available on SDT proceedings and contains all the leading cases on tribunal proceedings, many of which are not available online.

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Training and events

In-house Division annual conference 2016 - 5 CPD hours

The conference brings together in-house lawyers from the public, corporate and third sectors, who will provide expert advice on best practice strategies and policies. The sessions will cover changing demands on the legal profession, flexible working and building an effective in-house department, alongside practical breakout sessions tailored to the different sectors.
Book now - 15 June (early-bird booking until 22 May)
Find out more about the In-house Division

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Robots and Lawyers: Partnership of the future - 1.5 CPD hours

As part of London Technology Week, this free seminar will explore how machine learning is currently being used, how it may be used in the future and what the legal implications could be. The discussion will also examine the potential liability and regulatory considerations in relation to machine learning, and the role of the law and solicitors in this rapidly evolving area.
Book now - 21 June

European capital markets: Common rules for dispute settlement and regulation - 5.5 CPD hours

The conference merges the discussion on European regulation with what is happening in cross-border dispute settlement and financial markets regulation at the international and national levels. The conference has a notable line-up of speakers, including those making arbitration and regulatory decisions, such as judges, MEPs and EU Commission officials, to practitioners who are working with the regulation and dispute settlement.
Book now - 28 June (early-bird booking until 27 May)
Reduced rates for International Division and Section members


Small Firms Division annual conferences 2016 - 3.5 CPD hours

These conferences, held in London and Leeds, will feature breakout groups, opportunities for networking with fellow delegates and question-and-answer sessions. The topics have been tailored to address everyday issues faced by practitioners in small firms and will 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 (early-bird booking until 12 August)
Find out more about the Small Firms Division


Solving the productivity puzzle: Practical advice on increasing fee-earner productivity - 1 CPD hour

This webinar will provide practical guidance for increasing productivity, and in turn increasing revenue potential. You will gain a greater understanding of productivity related issues and how they translate into the legal industry. You will also be taught how to implement a coordinated set of solutions to improve fee-earner productivity.
Book now - 2 June
Reduced rates for Law Management Section members

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Making the most of your membership

JLT Property Insurance

JLT Property Insurance in conjunction with the Law Society offers flexible unoccupied property insurance tailored specifically for solicitors.
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JLT Travel Insurance

JLT Travel Insurance provides single or multi-trip cover for individuals, couples or families.
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