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30 September 2016

Conflict of interest risk if legal function is in SMR

There is a risk of conflict of interest between in-house lawyers and their employers if in-house legal functions in financial services are included in the Financial Conduct Authority's senior managers regime (SMR).
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Risk to independence of profession - IBA report

A strong and vibrant legal profession is vital to ensuring that the rule of law is upheld. A report from the International Bar Association (IBA) identifies areas where legal independence is under attack across the world, including in the UK.
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Brexit briefing

Brexit: Maintaining cross-border rights

In the third of a five-part series on the legal ramifications of Brexit, our chief executive Catherine Dixon argues that cross-border practising rights must be a priority.
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Party conferences an opportunity to discuss Brexit priorities

Brexit is the hot topic of conversation as the political parties hold their annual party conferences. Read what we've been saying to decision makers.
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Criminal law Q&A: What should I do if a client in prison contacts me using an unlawfully possessed mobile phone?

In this Q&A a solicitor wants to know how they should act if an imprisoned client calls them from a mobile phone.
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Solicitor gender pay gap still significant

Our private practice earnings figures show the solicitor profession is making encouraging but slow progress in closing the pay gap between genders.
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Our response to CMA reserved activities request

We have responded to the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) request for information on reserved activities, highlighting the importance of these activities to consumers and the economy.
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Continuing competence FAQs

We have updated our FAQs to help solicitors ensure they comply with the new Solicitors Regulation Authority's continuing competence scheme. You must move to this new system by 1 November.
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Blog: Are solicitors becoming obsolete?

Private client partner at Clintons in London, Andrew Kidd explains why it is essential that the legal profession adapts to the way clients wish to consume legal services.
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Win hospitality tickets to the British Masters golf

To celebrate our new partnership, Volvo are delighted to offer one lucky winner a pair of hospitality tickets to the British Masters golf at The Grove on Thursday 13 October. Hospitality includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea plus free bar in the 18th Green Pavilion.
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Lasting Powers of Attorney, 3rd edition

This guide has been updated and expanded to take account of the developments in law and practice since 2011. The author draws on a wealth of experience to focus on the issues advisers face and highlights the potential pitfalls.

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Training and events

Small Firms Division annual conference 2016 - 3.5 CPD hours 

The Small Firms Division's flagship annual conference will take place in Leeds and provide practitioners with a half-day of small firms-focused conference sessions, practical tips and networking opportunities.

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Competition Section Seminar - Brexit part 2: Litigation and Enforcement - 1 CPD hours

This one-hour seminar will focus on the implications of Brexit for practitioners working in antitrust enforcement and competition litigation. Topics include Brexit's affect on competition enforcement and what it means for the UK as a jurisdiction in relation to follow-on actions.
Book today - 11 October
Inclusive for Competition Section members

Judicial appointments: Interview training for solicitors - 5.5 CPD hours

This course will equip solicitor applicants with the skills to help enhance their application and interview performance. You will leave the day with a plan of action on how to progress your application and clarity on how to improve your chances of success.
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Beginners guide to unbundling legal services - 0.5 CPD hour 

Deepen your understanding of the benefits and challenges of unbundling your legal services. You will learn to assess when you should offer this option to your clients and also develop the skills necessary to make an informed decision on the risks involved. 
Book today - 10 October
Discount for Advocacy Section members

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Junior Lawyers Division

The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) helps those starting their career to develop and progress in the profession. If you are an LPC student, graduate, trainee or a solicitor up to five-years qualified, sign up to our newsletter to make the most of your free membership.
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Making the most of your membership

Experian is the Law Society's preferred supplier for AML e-verifications, identity and KYC checking.
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First Title Insurance plc is the preferred provider of legal indemnity insurance for the Law Society.
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