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26 May 2016

BBC London News report: the impact of cuts to legal aid in civil cases

BBC London News interviewed Law Society head of legal aid Richard Miller for its report on the impact of cuts to civil legal aid. The story covers an inquest into the death of a six-year-old girl in a council playground. The child's mother has been refused legal aid, while the council will have its representation paid for by the taxpayer.
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Law Society member handbook

We have published a new member handbook, which sets out the benefits of membership and outlines some of the work we do to represent, promote and support solicitors throughout their careers.

Download the handbook


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Law Society responds to LSB's Cost of Regulation report

Commenting on the Legal Services Board's (LSB) Cost of Regulation report, Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon said: 'The costs to solicitors of regulation, representation and fulfilment of the profession's statutory public interest responsibilities need to be transparent and deliver value for money for the profession.'
Read the full response

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Largest ever legal needs survey in England and Wales

In the largest ever survey of legal needs in England and Wales, more than 8,000 people responded to Ipsos MORI's questions about how they dealt with a range of legal issues. A separate and smaller study surveyed 161 young people (11-15 year olds) on their understanding and experience of legal issues.
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Interactive ethical scenario on client pressure

We have launched the fourth 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 solicitor is put under pressure by a large commercial client to change the firm's usual terms of engagement. The situation becomes more complicated when the solicitor represents the client in a Competition and Markets Authority investigation for price fixing.
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

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New Practice Advice Service Q&A on litigants in person

This Q&A asks whether a litigant in person on the opposing side, and who is being assisted by a McKenzie Friend, will be able to recover their costs from your client.
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Blog: What's in solicitors' heads?

Caroline Roddis, market and customer insight executive at the Law Society, discusses the relaunched Law Society Insights community and explains how you can get involved.
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Human Rights Committee member appointed chair of independent detention monitoring body

John Wadham - member of the Law Society's Human Rights Committee, ex-director of Liberty, and deputy chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission - has been appointed to chair of the National Preventive Mechanism.
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Join us at Pride in London

On Saturday 25 June, the Law Society will be leading a group of legal sector representatives at the Pride in London parade. We will be celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) diversity in the legal profession under the banner 'All are equal under the law'.
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Take part in our #lawwithnofilter selfie campaign


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CLC consultation on new PII arrangements - Law Society response

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is consulting on new arrangements for professional indemnity insurance (PII). We would not support a system that allows firms regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to switch regulator, where the result is a dilution in the financial protections afforded to clients of the SRA-regulated firm.
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Exciting opportunity in Brussels for trainee solicitors

The Brussels Office of the three Law Societies (England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) acts as the voice of the solicitors' profession in Europe. We are currently offering trainee solicitors from the UK a unique opportunity to undertake a six-month secondment in the Brussels Office, commencing in September. The closing date is Thursday 9 June.
Find out more (PDF)

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Criminal Procedure Rules Committee vacancy

There is an upcoming vacancy on the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee for a solicitor member authorised to conduct litigation in the senior courts, with particular experience of practice in criminal courts.
View the Ministry of Justice notice of the vacancy

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Brexit referendum

The deadline for registering to vote in the EU referendum is 7 June. In October 2015, we published a detailed report, which looked at the relationship between Britain and the European Union and the potential impact of changes through the legal lens.
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Law Society Excellence Awards: Nominations deadline extended

Good news! Due to the number of last-minute entries, we are extending the deadline for nominations to this year's Excellence Awards by one week. Ensure that you make your nominations by Friday 3 June.
Make your nominations today


Celebrating excellence

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The Future of the In-house Lawyer

This special report offers a collection of essays by in-house counsel from different types of organisations. It will be of interest to all in-house lawyers, regardless of where they work or their role within their organisation. Covers topics including sourcing the skills GCs need, the future of the legal market for in-house role and legal and ethical challenges.
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Training and events

Private Client Section annual conference 2016 - 6 CPD hours

This annual conference will equip you with the very latest thinking on private client work, with parallel workshops covering topics such as elderly client, succession planning, digital assets, pensions and asset protection. You will also have the opportunity to explore business development opportunities.
Book now - 1 July (early bird rates before 30 May)
Discounted rate for Private Client Section members

International marketplace 2016: Future growth - 5 CPD hours

This year's conference will look at developing practice areas from a legal service and client perspective. We will also map economic activity and invite companies to share what they expect from law firms in the years ahead, as well as exploring whether technology is a friend or foe.
Book now - 6 October (early bird rates before 2 September)
Discounted rate for International Division members

National property law conference 2016 - 5.25 CPD hours

The fifteenth annual conference will keep you on top of radically changing markets and practice. Expert speakers will provide practical support on current hot topics for property practitioners, including practical analysis of the property market and economy, regulatory updates, separate residential and commercial conveyancing sessions and three concurrent workshops.
Book now - 7 October (early bird rates before 9 September)
Discounted rate for Property Section members




New SRA regime, CPD and continuing competence: What do you need to know? - 1.5 CPD hours

The new Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulations on continuing professional development (CPD) for solicitors have changed. You will have to complete an annual declaration that you have undertaken enough learning and development to remain competent. This webinar will give you practical guidance to ensure you have an in-depth understanding of how to start planning for continuing competence.
Book now - 14 June
Discounted rate for Section members

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Making the most of your membership


Riliance is the UK's leading provider of risk and compliance software and services to the legal profession.
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The SIFA Directory of Professional Financial Advisers to the legal profession is endorsed by the Law Society.
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