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22 July 2016

Brexit briefings

English and Welsh law underpins global appeal of Britain as business destination

England and Wales is a highly attractive jurisdiction when it comes to international commercial contracts - and that hasn't changed because of Brexit.
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Recent Law Society activities related to the EU referendum

Since the EU referendum result on 24 June, we have provided information and advice to our members on the implications for the legal profession. We have also been working with stakeholders in England and Wales, the European Union and globally.
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SRA's Looking to the Future consultation - Law Society briefing

A new consultation from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) proposes changes to the SRA Handbook for solicitor and firm regulation. We have produced a briefing designed to help our members consider the implications of the proposed changes.
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Take our survey on the consultation

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Legal aid update

New legal aid crime contracts for 2017 - What you need to know

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has just opened the tender for the 2017 criminal legal aid contracts. The LAA has also published the 2017 draft contract, which was consulted on with the Law Society, the Legal Aid Practitioners Group and the Bar Council. The new contract is broadly similar to the current 2010 version, but there are a number of changes and new requirements that crime practitioners need to be aware of.
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Read our press release

Joint contingent legal aid fund working group established

We have set up a joint working group to examine the viability of a contingent legal aid fund. The group is a collaboration with the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
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Legal professional privilege must be safeguarded if data is retained

The advocate general of the Court of Justice of the European Union has said that government retention of data may be compatible with EU law, but that legal professional privilege must be protected.
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Report confirms important economic contribution of legal sector

A report from the TheCityUK confirms the important contribution the legal sector makes to the British economy.
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Law Society stresses importance of rule of law in Turkey

We are gravely concerned about the dismissal of thousands of judges in Turkey following an attempted coup.
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New Practice Advice Service Q&A: A fee earner has left our practice. Must we inform his clients immediately?

In this Q&A, a practice wants to know if the clients of a solicitor who has left must be informed of the departure right away, or if they can wait until there is action on that solicitor's files.
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Professional indemnity insurance update

Law Society welcomes LSB review of restrictions on choice of insurer

We welcome the Legal Services Board's (LSB) thematic review of restrictions on choice of insurer. Solicitors' professional indemnity insurance is vital to protect clients and ensure trust is maintained in the solicitor profession.
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Client protection must not be compromised if solicitor firms change regulator

An SRA consultation proposes amending the terms of the participating insurer's agreement. We support the SRA's aim of encouraging a competitive market, but client protection must not be compromised in the process.
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Read our response to the consultation

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Blog: LinkedIn - Is it worth your time?

Emily Miller, founder of Marshall Walker Associates, and Susan Kench, associate at Marshall Walker Associates, explore LinkedIn's value for solicitors, and offer some tips on how to improve your profile.

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Robert Bourns' inaugural reception

On 14 July the profession came together to welcome Robert Bourns into his role as the 172nd president of the Law Society of England and Wales. The new president delivered his inaugural speech and was interviewed by Sky News social affairs and education editor, Afua Hirsch.

Read the speech and see videos and photos from the event

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Criminal practitioners' views sought on the PTPH form

Six month's after its introduction, the senior presiding judge has asked that the plea and trial preparation hearing (PTPH) form be reviewed. The reviewing judges are seeking practitioners' feedback on the form and what can be improved.
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Help us promote the solicitor profession

We're launching our solicitor brand campaign later this summer which is part of our president's Pride in the profession theme for the year. We're asking members to take two minutes to help us develop the creative approach.
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Personalise your Law Society information

Your new My Law Society homepage lets you tailor the information you receive from the Law Society website, the Gazette and Gazette Jobs. Simply select your areas of practice and personal interests to filter the information you receive.

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FCA consultation on the UK equity IPO process - joint Law Society and City of London Law Society response

In collaboration with the City of London Law Society, we have responded to the Financial Conduct Authority's consultation on the UK equity IPO process. We believe this process can be significantly improved if the issuer's principal disclosure document is made available to potential investors earlier.
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The Solicitor's Handbook (2017 edition)

This invaluable resource is a comprehensive yet user-friendly guide to the regulatory maze that governs the conduct of solicitors. It includes expert commentary from leading practitioners on every aspect of the regulation of solicitors, which will help you ensure compliance within your firm. The 2017 edition has been updated to take account of all significant regulatory changes that have been introduced since December 2014.

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The Solicitors Handbook (2017 edition)

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Training and events

Judicial appointments: Interview training for solicitors - 5.5 CPD hours

This course will equip solicitor applicants with the skills to improve their application and interview performance. You will leave the day with a plan of action on how to progress your application, and, for those of you who've been unsuccessful previously, clarity on how to improve your chances of success next time.
Book now - multiple dates

Apprenticeships in law briefing: What law firms need to know - 1.5 CPD hours

We have partnered with the Trailblazer legal apprenticeships group to host this free event providing an in-depth briefing on the latest information relating to apprenticeships in law. This event is designed for all legal employers - both law firms and in-house departments - with an interest in learning more about apprenticeships in law.
Book now - 27 September

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

This conference brings together 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 (early-bird booking fees before 14 September)
Discount for Private Client Section members


SRA Handbook review consultation - 0.75 CPD hours

The SRA are reviewing their Handbook in two phases and are currently consulting on the first phase of proposed changes. Join this webinar to understand the potential impact of the changes, how you can get involved and also have your voice heard in the consultation.
Book now - 3 August

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Junior Lawyer Division

Local Junior Lawyer Division (JLD) groups give junior lawyers the chance to connect and build their professional networks. Visit the JLD website to find out if there is a local group in your area. If not, why not start one yourself?
Find out more about the Junior Lawyers Division

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Wesleyan Bank commercial finance

Spread the cost of your tax liability over six or 12 months online, in minutes, with the Law Society of England and Wales' only endorsed finance provider. If you've already paid it - no problem, we can fund it retrospectively.
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Making the most of your membership


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