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SRA Handbook consultation | Competitive legal profession is in clients' interests | Forcing publication of prices is misconceived

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26 August 2016


SRA Handbook survey - 520 responses and counting

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Handbook consultation, which could result in a two-tier profession, closes on 21 September. We need your views to make a strong response. Next week we will share a template to help you make your own submission.
Join your colleagues - complete our survey

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Competitive legal profession is in clients' interests

We welcome the news that the Competition and Markets Authority is not planning to recommend a formal market investigation into the legal sector.
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Read our full response

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Forcing publication of prices is misconceived

We reject a call for law firms to publish the average cost of their services. We believe market solutions are a better tool to improve competition and ensure clients can make informed choices.
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Backdoor tweaks to Finance Bill a bad precedent

Significant amendments to the Finance Bill slipped in at committee stage set a disturbing precedent of avoiding proper consultation and scrutiny.
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Help to Buy ISAs reminder - How to apply bonus funds

Following press coverage of issues relating to Help to Buy ISA bonuses, we are reminding members of the Help to Buy ISA scheme requirements in relation to bonuses.
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Blog: Unravelling the Gordian knot of law firm ownership

Legal services consultant Matthew Still considers the relationship between ownership and operation for UK legal services.
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Legal aid deserts Thunderclap a success

Thank you to everyone who took part in our legal aid deserts Thunderclap, which went live this week. More than 250 of you took part, meaning that our campaign message was shared with 460,689 people.
Find out more about ending legal aid deserts

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Consultation response update

Reforms to corporation tax loss relief delivery

We have responded to HM Treasury's consultation on reforms to the delivery of corporation tax loss relief.
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Tax deductibility of corporate interest expense

We have responded to the government's consultation on the proposed new rules on interest deductibility within the OECD report.
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Reform of the substantial shareholdings exemption

We have responded to the government's consultation on possible reform of the substantial shareholdings exemption.
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LSA travel challenge - Round the world in 30 days

The Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA) invites solicitors to take part in their travel challenge which runs from 1-30 September. This is an opportunity to travel more sustainably and improve health and wellbeing.
Register now

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Conveyancing Handbook, 23rd edition

This book presents up-to-date guidance on good practice in residential conveyancing. It is a reliable and up-to-date source of reference to answer the common queries arising from day-to-day transactions. £10 off until 31 August.

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Also available in EPUB

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Training and events

Encouraging more diversity among the Law Society's council and committees - 1.5 CPD hours

This free event will provide an overview of our corporate governance and how members can make the most of opportunities to play a pro active role in shaping our Divisions' committees.
Book today - 20 September

Small Firms Division conference - 3.5 CPD hours

This flagship annual conference provides practitioners with small firms-focused sessions, practical tips and networking opportunities. Topics include managing change and sustainability and growth.

Book today  - Leeds, 6 October

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Corporate commercial tax law conference - 3 CPD hours

This conference features leading international and UK tax experts from both law firms and industry who will provide insight into the latest developments in tax law. Includes a session on the new corporate offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion.
Book today - 20 October

Webinar

Competition law and the future of the Block Exemption in the insurance sector - 1 CPD hour 

This one-hour webinar will provide you with an understanding of how competition law and the Block Exemption applies to the insurance sector and the impact on the insurance market of its non-renewal. 
Book now - 16 September
This webinar is included in Competition Section membership

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Communities

Join the Private Client Section advisory committee

We're looking for committed, experienced and innovative solicitors working in areas of law such as wills, probate, inheritance tax, elderly client. Committee members will help to shape and develop our content and events. Apply by 21 September.
Apply now
 

Women Lawyers Division is seeking new members

We are looking for brilliant and practical women solicitors to join our committee. This appointment is open to all women on the roll and our aim is to create a committee that accurately represents the diversity of the profession. 
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Making the most of your membership

Accuity

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Law Society credit card

All the features you would expect with a rate of typical 9.9 per cent APR (variable) on all purchases.
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