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29 September 2017
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The new wild west: Uneven legal playing field a recipe for consumer confusion
Proposals for sweeping changes to the solicitor rulebook would create a wild west marketplace for legal services, we have said as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) opens two consultations.

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Campaign launch – global legal centre films go live
Key figures from organisations such as Roche, Hinduja, Allen & Overy and Morrison & Foerster have thrown their weight behind our global legal centre campaign, as part of a series of films launched yesterday. Tweet using the hashtag #globallegalcentre. 

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Appointments for Law Society committees and council
Do you want to make a difference and be involved in major decisions about your profession? We're looking for exceptional solicitors to join our Law Society policy committees and our Law Society council. 

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Heard the one about the law firm that saved itself 8% on fuel bills without spending a penny?
No, it's not a joke, nor an ad for a new gas tariff. This is the typical kind of cost reduction a law firm member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance can achieve using the resources and advice from this free dedicated legal network.

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New accreditations in catastrophic injury and occupational injury (disease)
It is crucial that claimants who are forced by circumstances to pursue a catastrophic or occupational injury claim, and defendants who are facing such claims, are represented by specialists in the field. These accreditations are a quality mark of the necessary experience and skill.

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Draft guidelines for manslaughter sentencing consultation - Law Society response
We have responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on draft guidelines for sentencing offences of manslaughter.

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LSB regulatory performance assessment consultation - Law Society response
We have responded to the Legal Services Board (LSB) consultation on a simplification and revision of its approach to assessing the performance of frontline regulators.

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Residents' associations consultation - Law Society response
We have responded to the Department of Communities and Local Government consultation on recognising residents' associations and their power to request information about tenants.

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Suggest a new category for the Excellence Awards
The annual Excellence Awards celebrate the diverse work being done by solicitors across the profession. If there’s a new category you would like to see included at the 2018 awards line-up, please complete this short survey to let us know your ideas by Friday 20 October.

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All change: New pre-action protocol for debt claims
The pre-action protocol for debt claims comes into effect on 1 October 2017. Craig Underwood, managing director and head of legal practice, and Melanie Hart, senior associate and solicitor advocate, discuss what it means for civil court claims.

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Civil litigation Q&A: In which court can I recover costs from my client?
In this Q&A, a solicitor wants to recover costs from their client in the sum of £26,000. In which court do they commence proceedings?

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Practising Certificate renewals start soon
MySRA will be opening soon to allow you to apply for your 2017/2018 Practising Certificates. If you want to spread the cost over time, remember to click ‘Bill me’ and apply via the Wesleyan Bank application portal in just minutes.

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Law Society partners with the Letter of the Law and TM Lewin
The Letter of the Law are now offering Law Society members a free four week trial of their daily media briefings for the legal industry and 10% off subscription fees. 

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TM Lewin has partnered with the Law Society to offer exclusive discounts for its members. 

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Drafting Employment Contracts, 3rd edition
How do you draft a contract of employment that is comprehensive and comprehensible? That covers necessary complexities but is clear? Save time and money by following the tried and tested guidance and clauses in Drafting Employment Contracts.

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Events and training
Commercial litigation conference - SRA competence A2, 16 October
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As the terms of the Lord Justice Jackson’s fixed cost review become clearer, our popular half-day event is your opportunity to have your concerns answered and understand the steps you need to start implementing to stay ahead of the curve. Hear from our experts on topics including budgeting, proportionality and trends in securing third-party funding.

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Making the most of your membership
First Title provide legal indemnity insurance to cover residential and commercial property for any risks identified during due diligence.

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