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1 July 2016

Brexit briefings

New Brexit information page for solicitors

Last week's referendum will lead to a surge in demand for legal expertise and guidance. The Law Society will provide regularly updated information, advice and insight for solicitors.
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Brexit means 'unprecedented and complex' challenge for UK law

Last Thursday's vote by the UK electorate to leave the EU has created an unprecedented and complex range of legal issues, and the solicitor profession is already firmly focused on finding solutions.
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Now is not the time to review legal sector regulation

Plans to review regulation of the legal services market should be put on hold in the wake of the EU referendum, Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon said, as she gave evidence to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee.
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Immigration and employment law: Implications of Brexit

Although our legal rights and obligations are unchanged in the immediate aftermath of the UK's vote to leave the EU, the long-term situation post-withdrawal is not yet clear. We look at the situation as we currently know it.
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Everything you need to know about Article 50

Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union sets out the process for a member state to withdraw from the EU. Until the Article 50 process is concluded, the withdrawing state remains an EU member with all the rights and obligations afforded to all EU citizens, businesses and the member states themselves.
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President's updates

Robots and lawyers: Bound by the rule of law

On 21 June, president of the Law Society Jonathan Smithers delivered a speech at the Robots and Lawyers event at Chancery Lane. Jonathan discussed the rise of artificial intelligence and its implications for solicitors and the law.

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President's farewell blog

In the last video of the president's blog series, Jonathan shares the successes of the past 12 months. Hear about the steps that were taken to oppose the criminal courts charges and the Law Society's exploration of technology across the profession.
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Risks for consumers from unregulated legal service providers

There are a number of unregulated providers supplying the same legal services as solicitors and many consumers do not know that they won't get the same level of protection from an unregulated provider if something goes wrong. We think that you should only be able to call yourself a lawyer if you are a qualified legal practitioner.
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Somme anniversary: A day for us to remember

At least 23 solicitors and articled clerks were killed on the first day of the Somme. No other single day in history can have taken such a toll on the solicitors' profession, which in 1916 numbered 14,360.

Read more in the Gazette

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Have your say on domestic violence rules

The final deadline for responses to the government survey on domestic violence is Friday 1 July. Your response will be vital in making sure changes to government regulations are evidence-based and draw on the experiences of those who support victims of domestic abuse and are involved in the process of accessing legal aid. Thank you to everyone who has filled in the survey.
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Blog: Pride - why we march

Kevin Poulter, partner and head of employment at Child & Child, reflects on Saturday's Pride in London parade, and discusses legal equality for the LGBT community.

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Compulsory purchase reform proposals consultation

Our Planning and Environmental Law Committee has responded to the Welsh government's consultation on proposed changes to compulsory purchase reform proposals.
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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 the Law Society's 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, social affairs and education editor at Sky News, and taking questions from the floor. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.
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Cybersecurity Toolkit

This toolkit covers both the law and its practical application and will help to ensure that your firm has effective policies and procedures in place to deal with cybersecurity. It provides a number of precedents and templates on an accompanying CD-ROM.

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Training and events

Commercial litigation conference 2016 - 4 CPD hours

Focused purely on commercial litigation, this event will assess the impact of the Jackson reforms on the commercial litigation landscape, as well as examining the further changes ahead. Learn about and share experiences of the latest developments, and hear from litigators on the frontline about how the Jackson reforms have affected their legal businesses.
Book now - 10 October (early-bird booking fees before 5 September)
Discounted rates for Section members

Private Client Section: Elderly client care conference 2016 - 5 CPD hours

This conference brings together speakers, including lawyers, health and social care experts, policy makers, academics and charities, to provide practical advice to solicitors dealing with the unique challenges of elderly clients. Topics covered include cross-sector discussions of recent developments and trends in the law, including end-of-life care.
Book now - 14 October
Discounted rate for Private Client Section members

London Law Fair 2016 - Wednesday 30 November at the Law Society, London

Book your exhibition stand today at the only national recruitment event specifically designed to encourage a more diverse range of entrants into the legal sector. The fair offers exhibitors a unique opportunity to meet talented, eager and ambitious students who might otherwise escape your recruitment efforts. Over 40 exhibitors and 1,000 students attended the fair in 2015. To book a stand, please contact Lucy Stuart, senior events officer,, or telephone +44 (0)20 7320 5842.


Brexit: What are the legal consequences for commercial parties? - 1 CPD hour

This recorded webinar examines the legal consequences of Brexit for commercial parties. It will help you and your clients to understand the impacts of this historic vote.
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Making the most of your membership


Certainty is the Law Society's endorsed provider of a national will register and used by thousands of solicitors everyday to register and search for wills.
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Eclipse is the Law Society's endorsed practice management software provider.
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