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23 September 2016


SRA Handbook consultation

What did solicitors and consumers say?

Our survey results show that proposed changes to the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) handbook, which would deprive clients of protections, would likely be opposed by both the public and solicitors.
See the results and our infographics
Read the press release

Economic response to the SRA Handbook review

The SRA's proposed changes to the regulation of unreserved services are framed and justified in economic terms. We assessed the proposals from an economic perspective and found significant weaknesses in key strands of the proposals.
Read the full response

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Legal cases against UK troops in Iraq

Following comments about legal cases brought by UK lawyers against UK troops over claims of abuse in Iraq, we argue that nothing should undermine the independence of the legal profession and the rule of law.
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The Law Society at the IBA conference 2016

Brexit the priority in Washington

Brexit is a hot topic in Washington DC this week at the biggest gathering of lawyers from around the world for the International Bar Association (IBA) annual conference.

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Speeches from the conference

Our CEO Catherine Dixon and president Robert Bourns both delivered speeches at this year's IBA conference.
Catherine Dixon:
Women and innovation
Artificial intelligence: Preparing for new technology in practice
Robert Bourns:
Departures from and lateral hires into law firms  
How can bar associations help young lawyers?  

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Client care Q&A: I am instructed by a deputy for an elderly woman without capacity. Is my client the deputy or the patient?

In this Q&A a solicitor has been instructed by a court-appointed deputy for an elderly woman who has lost capacity. The solicitor wants to know who is the client and to whom the client care letter should be sent.
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Civil justice reforms must protect access to justice

Access to justice must be at the heart of any changes the government makes to the civil justice system.
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Parliament must reject punitive Immigration Tribunal fee increases

MPs were urged to reject plans by the Ministry of Justice for a 500 per cent hike in fees for asylum and immigration tribunals, which will deny justice to those appealing Home Office decisions.
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Blog: Why do we celebrate Black History Month?

In advance of Black History Month, membership development executive at the Law Society Jerry Garvey considers diversity in the legal profession and explains what we are doing to help.
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Excellence in…?

Have you got an idea for an award category for next year’s Excellence Awards? Tell us your idea for a new category and why you think it's important to be included. Complete our short online form by 17:00 on Friday 21 October.

Submit your idea

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Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce

Initiated by the Law Society and driven by LawCare, this new cross-profession taskforce will promote and support mental health and wellbeing in the legal community.
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Volvo partners with the Law Society

Exclusive member savings across the Volvo range. For example, you could save £3960 off Recommended Retail Price on XC60 D4 FWD R-Design Nav Manual. At the start of each quarter you will have new savings, finance offers (terms and conditions apply) and service and accessories special deals on each model.
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Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims, 2nd edition

A practical and comprehensive guide to making a claim under the government's tariff-based scheme for compensating victims of violent crime. This new edition pulls together the original 1996 tariff-based scheme, the 2001 scheme, the 2008 scheme and the tribunal rules that accompany it, as well as the latest 2012 scheme.

Pre-order today

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Training and events

Black History Month inspiration evening - 1.5 CPD hours

We are running a programme of events to celebrate the positive contribution that black lawyers make to the profession. With an impressive line up of inspiring lawyers, we will profile and celebrate lawyers who have overcome obstacles on their professional journey.
Book today - various dates

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Private Client Section: Elderly client care conference 2016 - 5 CPD hours

This conference brings together lawyers, healthcare experts, policy makers and academics to provide advice to solicitors dealing with elderly clients. Topics covered include cross-sector discussions of recent developments and trends in the law, including end-of-life care.
Book now - 14 October
Discount for Private Client Section members

Women Lawyers Division returner course - 11 CPD hours

This two-day course provides solicitors with the tools help them to return to the profession after a career break. It includes sessions on overcoming the challenges of returning to work, helpful tips on CV preparation, cover letters and interview techniques. 
Book now - 21-22 October

Webinar

Trust investments: Examining the impact of recent tax changes - 0.45 CPD hours

This webinar offers insight into the potential impact of recent tax changes on trust investments. Hear from our expert speaker on changes to the taxation of savings income, dividend and capital gains, and the options open to trustees and their investment advisers.
Book now - 27 September

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Communities

Solicitor Judges Division

The Solicitor Judges Division (SJD) delivers opportunities that influence the careers of solicitor judges and aspiring solicitor judges. On a national and circuit level, the SJD engages, promotes and supports members to increase the number of solicitors acting as judges and pave a way from the roll to the judiciary. 
Learn more about the SJD

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Making the most of your membership

Document Direct provides a complete managed typing and transcription service.
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Moneypenny can support or replace your current receptionists, raise service levels and improve your client's experience.
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