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28 July 2016

Legal aid deserts - new Law Society campaign

Families across large parts of England and Wales are being denied state-funded advice on housing issues because of 'legal aid deserts' which have emerged due to drastic government cuts. We have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of this issue, along with an interactive map highlighting the problem.
Find out more about the campaign
Read our press release

Legal aid deserts

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Review of civil courts structure proposes online courts

We cautiously welcomed a comprehensive review of the structure of the civil courts in England and Wales conducted by Lord Justice Briggs. The thorough review acknowledges the vital role solicitors play in IT integration and has recommended that cost recovery should be possible for those using the online court.

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President's update

Blog: 'Two-tier' legal profession danger

In his new post, our president Robert Bourns discusses how changes to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Handbook would dilute client protections.

Read the blog

People divided by yellow line

Robert Bourns' speech at the lord chancellor's swearing in ceremony

On 21 July, Robert Bourns delivered a speech at the lord chancellor's swearing in ceremony.

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Practice note update

Execution of a document using an electronic signature

This practice note has been developed to help parties (and their legal advisers) who wish to execute commercial contracts using an electronic signature. It is also for those who wish to enter into a commercial contract with a party that intends to execute that contract using an electronic signature.
Read the practice note
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Reorganising your business: Employment law implications

Reorganising a business can be an unsettling experience for all those involved. This practice note will help owners of firms to familiarise themselves with some of the key concepts related to reorganisation.
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Criminal law: Statutory defence for asylum seekers charged with false immigration document offences

Following the recent case of R v Zaredar [2106] EWCA Crim 877, we remind criminal law defence practitioners of the need to advise clients charged with false immigration document offences about the possible statutory defence based on a claim for asylum.
Find out more
Read our practice note on this topic

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Defendant's duty of candour and disclosure in judicial review proceedings - Law Society response

We have responded to the lord chief justice's consultation on the duty of candour in judicial review proceedings. We welcome the move to clarify the duty within the civil procedure rules but are adamant that there must be parity in the guidance provided to both parties.
Read our response in full

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Contribute to new legal professional privilege guidance

We're looking for feedback on our new draft guidance on legal professional privilege (LPP). LPP is the cornerstone of our justice system, guaranteeing confidentiality between client and solicitor, yet it is under threat.
Read the draft guidance and have your say

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Help us promote the solicitor profession

We're launching our solicitor brand campaign later this summer. The campaign 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.
Take the survey

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Professional indemnity insurance renewal: Guide to insurers

The SRA has not yet published a full list of participating insurers for the 2016-17 indemnity year. However, our guide lists most of the insurers who intend to apply, along with their financial security rating and the size of firm they cover.
See our guide to insurers
Read our updated professional indemnity insurance practice note

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Enterprise insurance - insolvency

The unrated insurer, Enterprise Insurance, has been declared insolvent. Firms currently insured with Enterprise are required to obtain new qualifying insurance.
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Scams and cybersecurity guidance

The SRA's Risk Outlook 2016/17 states that law firms can be a target for cybercrime and other scams, such as 'Friday afternoon fraud' and being tricked into dealing with a bogus law firm. Make sure your firm is protected against this threat.
Read our guidance on protecting your firm against scams
Blog: Cyber attack - how would 007 do it?
Blog: You've been hacked - you just don't know it yet

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Conveyancing Handbook, 23rd edition

This book presents up-to-date guidance on good practice in residential conveyancing and is a reliable source of reference for answering the common queries arising from day-to-day transactions. It is revised annually by a team of expert editors and contributors. £10 off until 31 August.

Pre-order today
Also available in EPUB


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Law Management Section

Good management really does add up. Take out a Law Management Section corporate membership and join the growing community of law firms committed to high performance and developing the professionalism of their managers.
Get a Law Management Section corporate membership
Find out more about the Law Management Section

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Training and events

Criminal legal aid roadshows - 2 CPD hours

The Legal Aid Agency has announced that the tender for new criminal legal aid contracts is now open. In these roadshows, Richard Miller will explain the tender process and highlight changes to the contract that will come into effect from next April.
Book now - various dates

International marketplace 2016: Future growth - 5 CPD hours

This conference will address the key issues facing firms looking to grow their established international activities, as well as those with commercial clients who would like to explore international opportunities. The varied programme will provide a day of conference sessions and panel discussions led by experts in the international legal marketplace.
Book now - 6 October (early-bird booking fees before 3 September)
Discount for International Division members

Small Firms Division annual conferences - 3.5 CPD hours

The division's flagship annual conferences will take place in London and Leeds, and will provide practitioners with a half-day of small firms-focused conference sessions, practical tips and networking opportunities.
Book now - 6 October (early-bird booking fees before 27 August)
Discount for Law Society Section members


Understand the new criminal legal aid tender process and contracts - 1 CPD hour

This webinar offers a detailed exploration of the new tender process and contracts for criminal legal aid. Gain a better understanding of the tender process and an insight into what the Legal Aid Agency is looking for in your answers so you can to strengthen your tender bid.
Book now - 29 July (free to all members)

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Making the most of your membership

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Hiscox is the Law Society's preferred home insurance supplier. As a Law Society member you can save 12.5 per cent on Hiscox standard rates.
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Law Society members benefit from a discount of five per cent on the standard Hiscox rates for the life of their policy.
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