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Welcome to the latest edition of In-house forum, the Law Society's dedicated newsletter for solicitors working in-house in both the corporate and public sectors.
In-house committeeSapna Fitzgerald, legal service director and company secretary of LSL Property Services was appointed chair, and Stephen O'Brien of Treasury Solicitors Department appointed vice-chair. The committee is meeting on 13 May to advise on our activity programme.
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Celebrating excellence: in-house solicitor of the year award
We are looking for an exceptional practitioner who has applied their unique blend of skills to the benefit of their legal team and the overall organisation.
New CPD scheme
A new CPD scheme will be introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority on 1 November 2016. Key features of the new scheme include:
Career progression - GC350 engagement programme
This roundtable was held in February and was attended by general counsel representing a range of FTSE organisations.
SRA proposals on regulatory reform: we want your views
The SRA is seeking to introduce a number of changes aimed at reducing unnecessary regulatory costs and burdens on firms. The consultation includes:
We want the views of our members to help inform our response to the SRA.
Trends in the solicitors' profession - Annual Statistics Report 2014
The number of solicitors employed in-house by organisations ranging from FTSE 100 companies to local authorities make up almost one-quarter of the profession.
Get a copy of the full report - free for Law Society members - by sending your name and SRA roll number to email@example.com. Non-members can buy the report from the Law Society Bookshop priced £99.
Solicitor advocate Joe Egan elected as Law Society deputy vice-president
Joe Egan will take office with the change in presidency in July. The current vice president, Jonathan Smithers, will take over from Andrew Caplen as president. Current deputy vice president Robert Bourns will become vice president.
Excellence in legal practice management and client care - 2 June, Cardiff
Sarah Watkins from New Law talks about the implementation of Lexcel accreditation and the benefits it brought her practice. Deborah Fowler, a Law Society Lexcel consultant and assessor, discusses how she works in partnership to help practices achieve Lexcel.
In-house Division workshop - 10 June, London
This event will examine the challenges faced by in-house lawyers and suggest practical top tips for enhanced performance, increased efficiency and greater effectiveness.
See a comprehensive list of webinars which cover all areas of law.
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