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5 August 2016

2016 Excellence Awards shortlist announced

Some of the best and brightest from the solicitor profession have been named in the shortlist for our 10th annual Excellence Awards.
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Be the face of the solicitor profession

We're launching a new solicitor brand campaign and we want our members to be the public face by featuring in posters, videos and other materials.
Find out more and get involved

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Article 50 legal questions

The process for a member state withdrawing from the European Union is set out clearly in Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. However, the UK's own constitutional requirements mean working out the correct sequence for departure is somewhat trickier.
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End legal aid deserts - Join the social media takeover

We're raising awareness of the severe shortage in legal aid for crucial housing advice, and we need your help. Show your support by signing up for our social media Thunderclap.
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Read more about our campaign to end legal aid deserts

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Blog: Digital detox - Switch off for the holidays

Karen Jackson, a disability discrimination solicitor at her own firm, didlaw, discusses the curse of connectivity and how to switch off when on holiday.

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Presidential Year Plan

Robert Bourns's plan for the year supports the delivery of the Law Society's strategy and the three-year plan 2015-2018. It outlines his aims of supporting, promoting and representing solicitors and sets out the main activities that he will focus on during his term.

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Pro bono update

LawWorks Pro Bono Awards - Nominations open

Do you know a solicitor doing exceptional pro bono work? Nominate them for a LawWorks Pro Bono Award. The awards recognise excellence in legal pro bono undertaken by organisations and individuals.
Nominate a solicitor on the LawWorks website

Pro Bono Connect

Pro Bono Connect is establishing a network of barristers and solicitors willing to work together on pro bono cases. They will work on civil matters for individuals, charities and community groups who do not have the funds to pay for legal advice or representation.
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New Practice Advice Service Q&A

In this Q&A, a conveyancing solicitor is acting on behalf of a client who is purchasing a freehold property which has solar panels. The solicitor wants to know if there is anything to consider when undertaking the purchase.
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Join us at Legal Pride 2016 in Cardiff

On 13 August, we'll be following up on the success of this year's Pride in London parade by taking part in Pride Cymru in Cardiff.

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Government consultation on alternative business structures - Law Society response

We are supportive of alternative business structures (ABS) as they provide choice for solicitors and clients. However, it is critical that the regulatory framework is the same for both ABS and solicitor firms. This will enable fair competition and benefit clients.
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Honorary QC appointments - Nominate through the Law Society

The Ministry of Justice is inviting nominations for this year's honorary QC appointments. We are participating by putting forward selected solicitors chosen from a list of those nominated by our members.
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Legal Geek Tech Startup Conference - Save 50 per cent

Learn from those shaping the future of legal technology at Legal Geek's LawTech Startup Conference on 18 October. Book by 15 September and quote LawSociety50 for 50 per cent off.

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Bookshop summer sale - 40 per cent off selected titles

Our summer sale is now on! Throughout August a selection of Law Society Publishing titles will be 40 per cent off. This special offer ends on 31 August.
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Training and events

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

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 today - 13 October
Discount for Risk and Compliance Service members

Corporate commercial tax law conference - 3 CPD hours

This conference features leading experts who will provide an insight into the latest developments in tax law, with a particular emphasis on what is happening in practice.
Book today - 20 October

Continuing competence: Learning and development is changing

The new SRA competencies come into effect on 1 November. This seminar will help you to understand the new regime, what is involved, and looks at the cultural and behavioural changes that may be required for your organisation to comply.
Book now - 10 November


A practical guide to trust administration - 1 CPD hour

This webinar will give you an understanding of best practice in trust administration. Our speaker will cover key topics such as regulatory compliance and relationships with beneficiaries. Common errors to avoid will also be identified.
Book today - 7 September
Free for Private Client Section members

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In-house Division

This division is for in-house lawyers working in the corporate and public sectors, not-for-profit organisations and charities. Our free seminar on demonstrating value in London on 5 October will show how progressive in-house teams can become integrated business partners, rather than simply providing reactive support.
Find out more about the In-house Division
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Making the most of your membership

JLT Property logo

JLT Property Insurance in conjunction with the Law Society offers flexible unoccupied property insurance tailored specifically for solicitors.
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First Title

First Title Insurance plc is the preferred provider of legal indemnity insurance for the Law Society.
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