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11 June 2015

Legal aid: Society urges government to reconsider fee cuts

The Law Society has reacted with dismay to the government's announcement that it will press ahead with further cuts to legal aid. We have written to the lord chancellor to convey our disappointment, raise our serious concerns, and urge him to think again.

Law Society president Andrew Caplen said:

'We are deeply concerned not only for the immediate future of the justice system, but for its continued survival in years to come.


Lady justice

'Twenty years without any increase in fees, followed by two sets of cuts since 2010, had already pushed firms' viability to breaking point. Now many solicitors' practices undertaking this vital work in communities around the country will be forced to close.'

Read our full press statement
Read our letter to the lord chancellor (PDF 59kb)
Read our letter to the secretary of state for BIS (PDF 64kb)

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New LPA forms

On Wednesday 1 July, new lasting power of attorney (LPA) forms will be available from the Office of the Public Guardian.
Find out more about the changes

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Effective cyber security: helping to safeguard client accounts

The latest Information Security Breaches Survey shows that 90 per cent of large organisations and 74 per cent of small businesses suffered a security breach in 2015. The majority of recent scams involving solicitors' firms fall into two categories:
  • firms receiving calls pretending to be banks to obtain sensitive information, such as account passwords
  • emails between firms and clients being intercepted, leading to client funds being paid into fraudsters' accounts

Practices are reminded that free online cyber security training is available through the Law Society's CPD centre.
Cyber security training details
Additional advice and support

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Changes to client care information and Legal Ombudsman time limits

From 9 July, solicitors may need to make changes to the information they provide to clients about their complaints procedures.
Find out more

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Current judicial selection exercises

Joining the judiciary is a real opportunity for solicitors who want to take their career in a new and challenging direction. Current selection exercises include:

  • District judge (magistrates court) - closing date: 2 July
  • Deputy High Court judge selection exercise - closing date: 30 July

Find out more about the vacancies
Read more about judicial appointments on our website

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Next 2020 discussion: future of regulation

Today's discussion focused on the solicitor brand. Join us on Twitter using #LawSociety2020 next Thursday from 15:00-16:00 when we'll discuss what regulation looks like for you on a day-to-day basis, what you would like it to look like, and how you would see the Law Society promoting your vision.
We value your input - find out how you can contribute

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Looking beyond 2015: access to justice, the rule of law and the public interest

How can we help shape what access to justice and the rule of law will look like in the coming years? Law Society president Andrew Caplen will be addressing this issue and the role of the Law Society in working to the public interest in a lecture and panel discussion on 24 June.
Full details and booking form

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Excellence Awards: last chance to enter

Nominations for this year's Excellence Awards close on Friday 12 June at midnight.

Don't miss this opportunity to recognise the very best in our profession.

Make your nomination


Excellence award

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Annual general meeting 2015: final notice

The annual general meeting of members of the Law Society will be held at the Society's Hall on Thursday 9 July at 14:30.
Read the full notice

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Queen's Counsel: solicitor vacancy on selection panel

The Law Society is seeking to appoint a solicitor member on the Queen's Counsel selection panel.
More about the role and how to apply - deadline: 19 June

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Niche Marketing for the Legal Sector

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Training and events

Management course stage one for solicitors in law firms - 7 CPD hours

This course provides practical, relevant and comprehensive leadership training that will benefit both you and your firm. It will help you develop your financial management skills, hone your presentation and communication style, build professional relationships and perfect your influencing skills.
Book now - 23 June

WLD returner course revisited - 5 CPD hours

This one-day course is aimed at those who have already attended a returner course but feel they need a boost to their confidence to help them in their search to re-enter the profession. We will hear personal stories from returnees who will tell you what worked, what didn't, and share top tips. We are offering a personal CV clinic for the first 10 people to apply.
Book now - 3 July
Find out more about the Women Lawyers Division

Demystifying TUPE - 1 CPD hour

This webinar will provide comprehensive notes and guidance to employers, and their advisers, on how to make TUPE safer, more cost effective and fairer. It will include an overview of TUPE and the new 2014 regime, and advice on how to simplify the main TUPE conundrums.
Book now - 10 July

National property law conference: the place for property practitioners - 5.5 CPD hours

Our flagship property conference will use a combination of plenary sessions and focused breakout sessions to explore ideas and solutions that will help you to develop your practice and support you as you prepare for the future. Expert speakers will provide insight, techniques and guidance on a variety of key issues, including residential conveyancing, commercial property and CQS.
Book now - 9 October
Join the Property Section


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