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23 June 2016

EU referendum

The Law Society is prepared for the referendum result and our reports have made a contribution to the debate. Whatever the result, we will continue to provide information and advice to our members on the implications for the legal profession.

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Solicitors' practising certificate fee: 9 per cent cut proposed this year - down 24 per cent since 2014

Solicitors could pay £30 less for their practising certificate fee this year. The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have launched a consultation proposing an individual rate of £290 per solicitor for 2016-17.
Find out more and take part in the consultation

Practicing fee consultation

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Law Society responds to Justice Select Committee report on courts and tribunals fees

We have welcomed the Justice Select Committee's new report on fee increases and urged the government to assess the cumulative impact of court and tribunal fee increases on access to justice in England and Wales.
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Technology updates

Legal system must keep pace with technology to be fit for the future, says the Law Society

Speaking at the Robots and lawyers: Partnerships of the future event, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said the legal sector needs to be agile if it is to respond in time to advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning technology.
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Blog: Will lawyers be replaced by robots?

Jonathan Smithers explains how artificial intelligence has permeated our lives and considers the consequences for the legal profession.
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Legal aid updates

Duty scheme boundaries - information wanted

The Law Society is being consulted on the terms of the Criminal Legal Aid Contract 2017. We would be interested to hear from you if schemes within a particular geographical area are obsolete due to police station or court closures. We would also like to hear your views on whether merging local schemes would make them viable in the long term.
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Crime practitioners: have you experienced touting/poaching of clients?

The Law Society is aware of growing concerns among crime practitioners about the practice of firms intercepting clients who should be seen by the duty solicitor, or who already have a solicitor. In order to help us to better understand what form this practice takes, and where it is most prevalent, please take our survey and circulate the link to your colleagues.
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CON 29 guidance notes published

The CON 29 guidance notes have been published. These accompany the updated CON 29 forms that have to be used from 4 July 2016.
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New Practice Advice Service Q&A: Is tax avoidance permitted?

In this Q&A, a newly qualified solicitor in a firm's tax and trusts department asks whether tax avoidance (as opposed to tax evasion) is permitted, after a partner referred him to the Disclosure Of Tax Avoidance Schemes.
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The Law Society annual review sets out our achievements in 2014-15

Our commitment is to put members at the heart of everything we do. Whether we are delivering training, promoting solicitors to the public, seeking to influence governments or campaigning for justice, we are committed to making sure your voice is heard, your needs are met and your business is supported.
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Lexcel Panel vacancies

We are recruiting for Lexcel Panel members. The panel's function is to provide advice and guidance to Law Society staff in respect of the Lexcel scheme and it meets quarterly. The closing date for applications is Thursday 30 June.
Find out more on the Gazette Jobs website

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COLPs Toolkit, 2nd edition

Since the introduction of compliance officers for legal practice (COLPs), the SRA has simplified some of the procedures for the approval, declaration and notification of changes to the role. This essential toolkit contains a mixture of draft policies, procedural checklists and other instruments for demonstrating due diligence.

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COLPs Toolkit

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Training and events

Data protection seminar: Prepare and protect your organisation - 3 CPD hours

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in effect, bringing tighter regulations on data security. This seminar will inform you of the changes and cover the practicalities of what you need to do to prepare your firm. It will also explore the new role of the data protection officer.
Book now - 26 August

National property conference 2016 - 5.25 CPD hours

Keeping you on top of radically changing markets and practice, this year's conference will provide practical support and expert advice. The conference will provide you with the tools and support required to overcome the biggest challenges property practitioners will face in the next 12 months.
Book now - 7 October (early-bird booking fees before 9 September)
Discounted rates for Property Section members



Law Management Section finance and business forum 2016 - 3 CPD hours

The forum features some excellent and inspirational speakers who will give practical and insightful guidance on achieving and managing success. Networking sessions will allow delegates to share the challenges they face and discover new innovative practices and ideas that may help them.
Book now - 2 November (early-bird booking fees before 31 October)
Discounted rate for Law Management Section members


Managing career development to recruit and retain talent - 1 CPD hour

Due to the changes in the legal profession, many of the large firms have benefitted from establishing a broader and more transparent career framework. This webinar details the importance of developing a strategy for individuals' career development to retain and attract the best solicitors.
Book now - 28 July

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Women Lawyers Division

Our Women Lawyers Division (WLD) supports and advises all women solicitors by sharing best practice and addressing current issues and challenges. The WLD website provides access to support, analysis and guidance, delivered in a format that best suits your needs.
Visit the WLD website

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Making the most of your membership


Catax Solutions provides Law Society members with expert support on capital allowances.
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Chancery Pii

Dedicated to one to four partner firms, offering A+ rated or equivalent professional indemnity insurance cover from a unique panel of markets.
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