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8 July 2016

Solicitors' practising fee consultation - deadline for responses extended

The deadline for responses for the practicing fee consultation has been extended to midnight Monday 11 July. The consultation proposes an individual rate of £290 per solicitor for 2016-17 - a reduction of 9 per cent over last year's fee.
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CMA decision on market investigation welcomed by Law Society

An interim report into the legal services market released by the Competition and Markets Authority has prompted the Law Society to welcome the conclusion that no formal market investigation is needed.
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Proposed SRA Handbook changes will have major implications for solicitors and clients

Proposed changes to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) Handbook for solicitor and firm regulation, if accepted, will leave clients with less protection and could result in a two-tier solicitor profession.
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United Nations echoes Law Society criticism of access to justice limits

A report by a key United Nations committee has criticised government moves to restrict access to justice in England and Wales, echoing the case made by the Law Society.
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Regulation updates

Regulation consultation: Delivery of legal services in interests of public and clients key

We have reiterated our support for alternative business structures (ABS) and will carefully consider the consultation on changing the regulatory framework for ABS to ensure proposed changes promote the interests of clients and the public.
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Legal regulation must protect consumers and the market

It is vital that legal regulation protects consumers and the public interest, is proportionate, and enables fair competition, the Law Society said this week. The announcement was made in response to research by the Legal Services Board (LSB) into changes in the legal services market.
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Personal injury proposals - update to members

We have formed a strategic alliance with leading personal injury solicitor oganisations. The move follows government proposals to raise the small claims limit for personal injuries to £5,000 and stop compensation for minor soft-tissue injuries arising from road accidents.
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Civil courts structure review with Lord Justice Briggs

On 9 June, Lord Justice Briggs gave members an update on his interim review of the civil courts structure. Topics covered included his plans for an online court, IT modernisation and case officers.

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Land Registry: Caution urged over vital piece of national infrastructure

We have submitted concerns to the government over plans to privatise the Land Registry. The submission urged that that any decision on the future of the Land Registry should place the public interest first.
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Law Society and City of London Law Society produce guidance on Market Abuse Regulation

We have drafted Q&As concerning the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). It represents our views on how the MAR should apply in certain practical situations.
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Blog: LawCare - A helping hand

Elizabeth Rimmer explains why wellbeing strategies are essential in every organisation, and what LawCare can do to help solicitors in need.

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Consultation on options to refine the UK competition regime - Law Society response

In May 2016, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills published a consultation entitled Options to Refine the UK Competition Regime. The government sought views on whether action should be taken through a bill in this parliamentary session to improve the UK's competition regime.
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New Practice Advice Service Q&A: A client's name is spelled differently on important documents - should I be concerned?

In this Q&A, a solicitor is carrying out customer due diligence for a client who is remortgaging her property. The solicitor notices the client's first name is spelled differently on her passport and bank statement and wonders what action she should take.
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Implementation of updated CON29 and CON29O forms

The Law Society’s updated CON29 and CON29O forms have gone live this week. The revised forms have been updated to include community infrastructure levies and assets of community value, and to reflect other legislative changes.
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David Lloyd George centenary celebrated with museum fundraising appeal

To celebrate the centenary of David Lloyd George becoming UK prime minister, the Friends of the Lloyd George Museum have launched a fundraising appeal to develop the museum in commemoration. An official centenary dinner will be held on 7 December at which upcoming Law Society president Robert Bourns will speak.
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Pride in the Profession: Incoming presidential inaugural speech and drinks reception

Come and join the incoming Law Society president Robert Bourns for the launch of our Pride in the Profession initiative. Robert will deliver his inaugural speech and set out his priorities for his presidential year, before being interviewed on stage by Afua Hirsch from Sky News and taking questions from the floor. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.
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Unbundling Family Legal Services Toolkit

This toolkit provides a suite of tools to assist solicitors in implementing new methods of unbundling pricing and new ways of working.

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Training and events

National property conference 2016 - 5.25 CPD hours

This year's conference will provide practical support and expert advice to help you keep on top of a changing market. 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


International marketplace 2016: Future growth - 5 CPD hours

Knowing how the market performed last decade is useful, but how can your firm tap into future growth? Attending this event is the first step. This year, we will map economic activity, and are inviting companies to share what they expect from law firms in the years ahead.
Book now - 6 October (early-bird booking fees available before 2 September)
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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, covering the practicalities of what you need to do next to prepare your firm, including exploring the new role of the data protection officer.
Book today - 28 September


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

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

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Solicitor Judges Division

The Solicitor Judges Division (SJD) develops opportunities that positively influence the direction of a solicitor's judicial career. The SJD engages with solicitors now acting as judges and supports those on 'the roll' aspiring to hold judicial appointments. Questions about the Solicitor Judges Division? Email us at
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