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15 July 2016

Introducing the 172nd president of the Law Society

Law Society welcomes new president Robert Bourns

Robert Bourns, partner of national law firm TLT Solicitors, takes office as the 172nd president of the Law Society of England and Wales. A representative to the Law Society Council from the City of London, he succeeds outgoing president Jonathan Smithers.

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Blog: New beginnings - Pride in the profession

Robert Bourns reflects on the start of his presidency, and discusses our new Pride in the profession campaign.

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Parliamentary updates

Recognise experience and expertise of the legal sector, Law Society urges new prime minister

We are calling on prime minister Theresa May to recognise the importance of the legal sector and its crucial contribution to UK PLC, the economy and people's jobs. The solicitors' profession will be there to support the government with the negotiations around Article 50 - which, once triggered, will begin the process of UK exit from the EU.

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Law Society welcomes appointment of first woman lord chancellor

We will be writing to the new lord chancellor Liz Truss to wish her well in her role and to seek a meeting with her at the earliest opportunity.

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Investigatory Powers Bill amendments protect the right to speak with a lawyer confidentially

We urged the House of Lords to protect clients' ability to communicate with their lawyers confidentially as peers met to debate the Investigatory Powers Bill.
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Law Society responds to Supreme Court formal decision in residence test case

We welcome the Supreme Court's formal decision on government attempts to introduce a residence test for civil legal aid. In our view, this test was discriminatory and was not what parliament intended when passing the act.
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Fixed costs in clinical negligence claims

Last summer, the government announced that there would be a formal consultation by the Department of Health on proposals to introduce fixed recoverable costs for some clinical negligence claims. We await the consultation and continue to work closely with stakeholders in anticipation of its publication.
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Property update

CON29DW searches updated

We have updated our CON29DW form in consultation with the Drainage and Water Searches Network. Release of the modified form coincides with the implementation of updated CON29 and CON29O forms.
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Land Registry consultation on Local Land Charges Rules - Law Society response

We have responded to the Land Registry's consultation on the Local Land Charges Rules 2017.
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Revised Personal Injury Accreditation

We reviewed and revised our Personal Injury Accreditation to ensure it remains a robust quality mark. The updated accreditation launched on 8 July. It is important that our criteria and documentation reflect the way that you currently run your caseload, whether you are a claimant or defendant solicitor. Please email us if you have any questions.
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Robots and Lawyers: Partnership of the future

On 21 June we hosted a conference on the topic of artificial intelligence and machine learning in law. We explored how machine learning is currently being used, how it may be used in the future and what the legal implications could be.
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Consultation update

HMRC consultation on indirect taxes and inheritance tax - Law Society response

We have responded to HMRC's consultation on strengthening disclosure regimes for indirect taxes and inheritance tax.
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Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework - Law Society response

In May, the Insolvency Service and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills jointly published a consultation on the of the Corporate Insolvency Framework. The consultation sought to establish whether legislative change would improve the UK corporate insolvency regime.
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Legal Compliance Bulletin

This publication provides up-to-date, practical information on every aspect of legal compliance and regulation for solicitors, barristers and practice managers. This area is undergoing a lot of change and there is a need for straightforward information and advice which reflects both the characteristics of modern practice and provides coverage of the latest developments in the regulation of lawyers.
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Legal Compliance Bulletin

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Training and events

Commercial litigation conference - 4 CPD hours

This event will assess the impact of the Jackson reforms on the commercial litigation landscape and examine the further changes ahead. Learn about 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 6 September)

Anti-money laundering and financial crime conference 2016 - 6 CPD hours

This conference will present the latest information from those who develop and enforce anti-money laundering and financial crime policy, law and guidance. Last year's sell-out attendance proves this event is not to be missed.
Book now - 30 November (early-bird booking fees before 31 October)


Compliance support forum for COLPs/COFAs: Protect your firm from cybercrime - 3 CPD hours

Law firms and in-house legal departments are attractive targets for cyber-attacks due to the sensitive information they hold. With their regulatory responsibilities, COLPs and COFAs are at the forefront of protecting their firms' online security and integrity, while ensuring that all staff are aware of their individual responsibilities.
Book now - 27 September
Discount for Risk and Compliance Service members


Cybersecurity webinars: Preventing another Panama Papers / Non-cyberdata protection for law firms- 1 CPD hour each

Cybersecurity is a crucial issue for firms to address. These webinars will explain best practice in defending your organisation, examine the consequences of a data breach (no matter the size of the organisation) and equip you with the knowledge to limit your cybersecurity risk. Discount for Law Management Section and Risk and Compliance Service members
Cybersecurity: Preventing another Panama Papers - 19 July
Non-cyberdata protection for law firms - 22 July

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The Civil Litigation Section

This section delivers expert analysis and impartial guidance covering all areas of dispute resolution, regulation, law and practice. It can help you respond and adapt to market changes, keep pace with the impacts of cost budgeting and help you develop services to meet evolving client needs. Attendance at our Autumn 2016 conference, featuring a keynote from Lord Justice Briggs, is included as part of a membership subscription.
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Making the most of your membership

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