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19 June 2015

Practising fees: have your say

As part of our annual reporting and planning cycle, the Law Society Group is consulting with members on proposed funding for the financial year from 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016. In particular, we seek views on:

  • the level of the practising fee
  • if the practising fee represents value for money
  • if the split of spending across the group and levies is reasonable

Read more and complete our survey

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Annual report

The annual report gives information about the Law Society Group and what each of our organisations has achieved each year. It also contains the financial statements for the group. In our latest report, you will see:

  • highlights of what we achieved in 2013-14
  • how the Law Society Group is made up
  • detailed accounts and consolidated financial statements

Download the full report (PDF 2.9mb)


Annual report

The report will be discussed at the annual general meeting of members of the Law Society, which takes place at the Society's Hall on Thursday 9 July at 14:30.
Read the full notice

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Updated practice notes

We have recently updated three of our practice notes:

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Celebrating 800 years of Magna Carta

The Law Society has celebrated the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta with several events this week. Law Society president Andrew Caplen said:

'It is an important and timely opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of the rule of law as the basis of a free, fair and prosperous society.'

Read our full statement on the importance of Magna Carta
View our Magna Carta gift range

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Property updates

Land Registry: introduction of eDespatch for paper-lodged applications

On 13 July, Land Registry will introduce eDespatch for users of its online portal. If you send your applications in the post, you will receive the application results online in your PDF download area in the portal.
Find out more

Deregulation Act 2015: changes to tenants' protection from eviction

Some important changes take effect on 1 October 2015 that will alter tenants' protection from eviction under assured shorthold tenancies. The implementation of the Deregulation Act 2015 will restrict a landlord's ability to serve a section 21 notice in certain circumstances.
Find out more

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Next 2020 discussion: member engagement

Yesterday's discussion focused on the future of regulation. Join us on Twitter using #LawSociety2020 next Thursday from 15:00-16:00 when we'll discuss corporate membership - is it outdated or the way of the future? Is membership an old-fashioned concept for the under 40s?
We value your input - find out how you can contribute

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Preparing to renew your PII? Read our guide to insurers

We have updated our guide to insurers to include our PII survey findings on insurers' and brokers' market shares. The SRA is preparing the 2015/16 Participating Insurer Agreement and we anticipate new insurers will enter the market. We will update the guide again when we know which participating insurers will be active in 2015/16.
Read the latest guide to insurers

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Court of Appeal rules on mental capacity

Following an appeal by the Law Society, the court this week ruled that people without mental capacity must be involved in legal proceedings about their liberty.
Find out more

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Jailed Saudi lawyer wins prestigious human rights prize

The Law Society is pleased to report that human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair has been awarded the Ludovic Trarieux Prize, an annual legal award which was first won by Nelson Mandela when he was imprisoned in South Africa.
Find out more

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Become a lawyer against poverty

Lawyers Against Poverty, an Oxfam initiative supported by the Law Society, is a network of individual lawyers who are committed to helping people to break free from poverty.
Find out more about the initiative and how to join
Further coverage in the Gazette

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The Legal Training Handbook

This new title will help firms to navigate the wide-ranging reforms of the legal education and training framework.

For solicitors in England and Wales, it means change to nearly all parts of the qualification pathway and aspects of required training.

Pre-order today


The Legal Training Handbook

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A convenient way to collate your diversity data

It will soon be time to submit your diversity data to the SRA.

Riliance provides a safe and anonymous online survey tool that you can use to collate the relevant information from your staff and produce a comprehensive report that mirrors the requirements of the SRA.
Find out more



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Training and events

41.5 ways to prepare for growth - 2.25 CPD hours

This event features expert speakers who will deliver short, punchy and practical presentations focused on particular areas of law firm management. The common theme running through the presentations is how you can prepare and position your firm for growth.
Book now - 7 June

Education for solicitors - what does continuing competence mean?

The SRA announced that it will implement a new approach to continuing competence for solicitors from 1 November 2016. This webinar will guide you on the meaning of continuing competence, the key changes and the practical implications, the timetable, and whether and how to adopt the new approach.
Book now - 1 July

Commercial litigation conference 2015 - 3 CPD hours

This year's popular event will assess the development and impact of the Jackson reforms on the commercial litigation landscape. You will hear how firms have approached costs budgeting and overcome problems, discover what to expect from the courts and gain an insight into the latest developments in the funding of litigation and the use of CFAs, DBAs and third-party funding.
Book now - 5 October

Civil Litigation Section autumn conference - how to innovate and maximise profits - 2.25 CPD hours

Thought-provoking speakers will offer advice on ways to innovate your litigation practice in order to maximise profitability. This half-day event features sessions on bill format, litigation funding, unbundling legal services and what in-house lawyers need from private practitioners and vice versa.
Book now - 22 October
Join the Civil Litigation Section

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Making the most of your membership


Hertz is the Law Society's endorsed provider of car hire services offering five per cent off best available retail rates.
Find out more


Certainty is the Law Society's endorsed provider of a national will register and used by thousands of solicitors everyday to register and search for wills.
Find out more

View all membership benefits

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