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19 August 2016

SRA plans could undermine profession - Make your voice heard

Proposals to change the Solicitors Regulation Authority Handbook could undermine consumer protection and result in a two-tier solicitor profession. We need your input to inform our response to the SRA.

Have your say in our survey
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Help us end legal aid deserts

Legal aid advice for housing is disappearing in large areas of England and Wales, creating legal aid deserts. Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon calls on the government to address this issue urgently.

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Blog update

Business and human rights

Our president Robert Bourns discusses modern slavery and how law firms can advise clients on human rights.

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Close to home: Spotting elder abuse

Richard Roberts, director and co-owner of Gedye & Sons, details the warning signs of financial abuse of the elderly, what practitioners should look out for, and the steps they can take where abuse is exposed.

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Practice Advice Service Q&A: I did not witness a will being signed. What is my duty?

In this Q&A a solicitor wants to know if she is under a duty to check a signed will if she did not personally witness the execution.
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Consultation on changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax

HMRC is proposing to cut the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) payment window from 30 days to 14 days and the merger of filing and payment systems into one. The consultation closes 7 October.
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New Market Abuse Regulation guidance

Working with the City of London Law Society, we have produced a Q&A on the Market Abuse Regulation. The guidance follows a Q&A published in July.
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Find out what's happening in legal tech

Spark your inspiration at Legal Geek's LawTech startup conference. With over 30 speakers and practical demos from more than 40 startups, there are plenty of opportunities to learn, share and network. Save 50 percent if you book by 15 September and quote LawSociety50.

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Stand out to potential clients

On average, over 550,000 visitors use our Find a Solicitor service each month. Stand out to potential clients by adding details of your expertise and highlight your areas of practice. It's free to use.

Try it today

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Watch out for scams and fraud

Cyber threats have become a fact of life across all economic sectors. Scammers target firms with bogus phone calls and emails trying to steal money or confidential data. Remain vigilant and stay up to date with our sector-specific guidelines.
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Precedent Library for the General Practitioner, 3rd edition

This book gives you quick, manageable and affordable access to precedents that will prove useful on a day-to-day basis. This edition contains many new precedents and offers a cost-effective alternative to often expensive, vast online libraries of precedents.

Pre-order today - available 1 October

Precedent Library for the General Practitioner

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Training and events

Criminal legal aid roadshows 2016 - 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, head of legal aid at the Law Society, will explain the tender process and will highlight changes to the contract that will come into effect from next April.
Book now - various dates

Apprenticeships in law briefing - What employers need to know

This free event will provide an in-depth briefing on the latest information relating to apprenticeships in law. Hear from expert speakers from the Legal Apprenticeships Trailblazer Group, the Law Society, Skills Funding Agency, CILEx, the SRA and current legal apprentices.
Book now - 27 September

Celebrating Diwali 2016 - 1 CPD hour

In recognition of this important religious festival in the Hindu calendar, this event will combine the religious significance of Diwali with the positive impact of Asian lawyers in the profession. The event is free to attend, with bookings allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Book now - 26 October


Financial pressures: Identifying financial distress and evaluating your options - 1 CPD hour

This one-hour webinar will provide concise, practical guidance to help you effectively manage financial pressures you may be facing in your firm, including how to manage the bank in difficult times.
Book now - 12 September
This webinar is included in Law Management Section membership

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Making the most of your membership

Wesleyan Bank

Next-day payment of fees to the SRA for firms using the Wesleyan Bank spread payment facility.
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