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3 June 2016

Law Society expresses strong reservations over Land Registry privatisation plans

Responding to the government's consultation on the transfer of Land Registry operations to the private sector, we have stressed the need for continued state guarantees and safeguards to minimise the risk of corruption and fraud.
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Law Society questions diversity of advisory council

We have raised concerns about the proposed membership of a new advisory council of solicitors and barristers chaired by Gary Bell QC.
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'Deadline slips' for clinical negligence fixed fees

Personal injury solicitors have welcomed the news that the government has conceded that it cannot meet its timetable for introducing fixed fees for clinical negligence cases.
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Immigration updates

Immigration tribunal fees

Asylum and Immigration Tribunal fee increases of more than 500 per cent would deny justice to people appealing Home Office decisions, the Law Society warned today.
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Changes to the Immigration and Asylum level 2 re-accreditation process

The new re-accreditation process for the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation (level 2) is now live. A new re-accreditation course and online assessments replace the previous three-hour written examination by Central Law Training.
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Do we need new law or legal concepts to govern AI and machine learning?

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the Modern Transport Bill are among the topics discussed in this month's review by our president, Jonathan Smithers. Watch his blog to also find out about the London Legal Walk 2016, his latest international engagements, and learn about our upcoming Robots and Lawyers conference during London Technology Week.

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Blog: The robots are coming - but will justice be done?

LHS Solicitors discuss the growth of artificial intelligence and the impact it will have on the legal profession.

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Law Society responds to Public Accounts Committee report on 'failing' criminal justice system

This report confirms the grave concerns that we have expressed about the criminal justice system and shows that the viability of criminal legal aid services across England and Wales are under serious threat.
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Government, claimant and defendant solicitors must work together to stop fraud

Responding to the government's announcement that it will accept the proposals of the Insurance Fraud Taskforce, Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon said: 'While the recommendations in the final report will bring down the overall cost of insurance premiums, we believe that more could be done.'
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Information for Quinn policyholders

Quinn Direct Insurance Ltd, a major underwriter of solicitors' professional indemnity insurance policies, went into administration in 2010 and ceased writing new business in the UK. Quinn's UK portfolio has now been acquired by Catalina Insurance Ireland Limited, and Lawshield UK Limited are managing claims for them. Policyholders should now notify claims to Catalina C/O Lawshield UK Ltd.
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Law Society Excellence Awards: last chance

Nominations for this year's Excellence Awards close today, Friday 3 June. There's just enough time to enter, so don't delay. This could be your year!
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Celebrating excellence

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LMS Financial Benchmarking Survey 2016

Widely regarded as the leading annual health check for mid-sized firms, the Law Management Section (LMS) Financial Benchmarking Survey's sixteenth year brings together the results of 200 firms to provide a comprehensive analysis of their comparable financial health.
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LMS Financial Benchmarking Survey 2016

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Training and events

Fiona Woolf lecture 2016 - 1 CPD hour

Since 2007, the Association of Women Solicitors has honoured the achievements of Dame Fiona Woolf CBE, former president of the Law Society, with an annual lecture by a prestigious figure. This year's lecture will be delivered by Frances Crook OBE, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform.
Book now - 20 June
Find out about the Women Lawyers Division

Anti-money laundering and financial crime conference 2016

This is an all-day conference for those who want to remain at the forefront of developments in financial crime and AML compliance. Policy makers, law enforcement, regulators, academics and industry experts will look at the changes ahead, current policy development approaches and other hot topics, such as scams targeting law firms and the sanctions regime.
Book now - 30 November (early-bird booking fees before 31 October)


Judicial appointments: Interview training for solicitors - 5.5 CPD hours

In view of increasing competition for judicial appointments, this course will help solicitors enhance their application and interview performance. Courses are taking place in Birmingham, Bristol and London.
Book now - various dates


Data protection for in-house lawyers 2016 - 1 CPD hour

Data protection is a crucial compliance issue for firms to address. This webinar will explain the key concepts of both current and future laws. Our expert speakers will provide practical examples and guidance on complying with the law and reducing the risk of regulatory action.
Book now - 30 June

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First Title Insurance

First Title have been selected as the preferred provider of legal indemnities insurance for a third time running, so if you are looking for title insurance, look no further.
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Making the most of your membership


Wesleyan Bank is the Law Society's endorsed provider for a range of commercial financial solutions for members.
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