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Global legal centre films - watch a preview | Criminal justice co-operation vital post-Brexit | Anti-money laundering guidance update

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22 September 2017
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Global legal centre films – watch a preview on youtube
Next Thursday we will be launching a series of short films promoting England and Wales as a global legal centre. The films feature senior lawyers from around the world, and highlight the benefits of English and Welsh law, the justice system, the profession and London as a legal hub. 

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> Email us to attend the launch - 28 September, 18:30, The Law Society
Criminal justice co-operation vital post-Brexit
'The Law Society has long stressed the importance of maintaining close and effective collaboration with the EU on matters of criminal justice and security - something the government has clearly recognised', says Law Society vice president Christina Blacklaws.

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Anti-money laundering guidance update
The Legal Sector Affinity Group, which includes the Law Society, has published its draft Legal Sector Anti-Money Laundering Guidance, which takes into account the changes brought about by the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017. The guidance applies to solicitors and replaces the previous anti-money laundering practice note.

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From Professor McGonagall to Ally McBeal: breaking into law after 20 years of teaching
Amanda Jardine-Viner is a soon-to-be trainee solicitor with a broad service firm in Tunbridge Wells. Prior to this she taught at Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School. 

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Bach adds bite to calls for urgent review of struggling legal aid system
A long-awaited Bach Commission report into the state of the legal aid system has thrown its weight behind a Law Society call for the government to review the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Prosecution of Offenders Act (LASPO) four years after its implementation.

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Boost for trainee solicitors facing challenges
Talented trainee lawyers are being given a boost to help them qualify as solicitors via the Law Society Diversity Access Scheme (DAS), which aims to improve social mobility in the legal profession by supporting people who face exceptional obstacles to qualify as a solicitor. 

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Free legal advice for people affected by Parsons Green terror attack
Anyone affected by the terror incident in London's Parsons Green can get free legal advice - pro bono - through a panel of solicitor firms convened by the Law Society of England and Wales.

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Leasehold homes consultation response
We’ve expressed our support for government plans to tackle unfair practices and unreasonable terms in the market for leasehold homes, to protect confidence in leasehold as a way of owning our homes.

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VAT on online property searches
We are reviewing our practice note on VAT on disbursements following a recent First Tier Tribunal decision, which assessed a firm as liable to pay VAT on search fees charged by a third party search agency.

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Postponement of flexible court hours 'pragmatic'
We have welcomed a decision to delay a government pilot trialling extended court opening hours, which would have heaped additional pressure on the already fragile criminal legal aid services.

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Law Society roadshows support tender process for 2018 civil contracts
The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has announced that the tender process for the new 2018 civil contracts has opened. In these roadshows, Richard Miller, head of justice at the Law Society, will give an overview of the tender process, and will highlight changes to the contract that will come into effect from next September.

Book to attend a legal aid roadshow (various locations)
Game plan: the case for legal project management
Do you want to improve efficiency, be seen as more professional by clients, and effectively deal with peaks in workload? Project management can help. The Law Management Section's Debbie Bondi makes the case for legal project management, and explains how it works in practice.

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Regulation and compliance Q&A: Is the Legal Ombudsman's final decision binding?
In this Q&A, a solicitor wants to know if the Legal Ombudsman's final decision is binding for 'full and final settlement' purposes.

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A well-deserved opportunity for members
As a Law Society member you can benefit from an exclusive saving of £5,160 on the new Volvo S90 D4 R-Design, with its expressive sports styling and effortless performance, until 30 September 2017. Also available with 3 years’ complementary servicing when purchased on Volvo Advantage Personal Contract Purchase.

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Conveyancing Handbook, 24th edition
The new edition of the Law Society's Conveyancing Handbook is out now, and presents the latest guidance on good practice in residential conveyancing. It is a crucial resource for answering queries arising from day-to-day transactions. 

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> Also available in epub
Events and training
Women Lawyers Division returners course - 24 November
This two-day course provides solicitors with the tools, skills and self-confidence they require to enable them to return to the profession after a career break. It includes sessions that cover overcoming the challenges of returning to work, helpful tips on CV preparation, writing covering letters, interview techniques and available career options.

Book now - 24 November
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