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2 July 2015

Meeting the needs of vulnerable clients

The Law Society has today published guidance for solicitors to help them meet the needs of vulnerable clients. This includes clients with a range of physical and mental health problems, including learning disabilities. Our practice note also gives advice on the best approach to take when working with clients who may lack mental capacity.
Read our practice note

Supplementary guide for clients

We have also produced easy-read guidance for vulnerable people and/or their carers to explain how to access the services of a solicitor.
Download the guide (PDF)

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Criminal legal aid

Ballots and collective action

Ballots have taken place across the country with criminal solicitors overwhelmingly voting in favour of direct action against the government's legal aid cuts. We are receiving reports of duty solicitors receiving many more calls than usual due to solicitors turning down own-client work, and of the work in many courts and police stations being slowed down significantly.
Read coverage in the Gazette
Read the Law Society's statement

MoJ responds to Lords' questions about regulations

The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has published a follow-up report on the government's criminal legal aid regulations, after receiving a response from the Ministry of Justice. The Lords considered a number of concerns raised by the Law Society. The committee remains dissatisfied with the response, and peers have also requested a debate on the regulations.
Read the follow-up report (PDF)
Read the original report and the Law Society's evidence

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New play shines a spotlight on legal aid cuts

The Law Society is sponsoring the production of a new play by Academy Award-winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

The Invisible is a ground-breaking production examining the effects of the legal aid cuts, told from the perspectives of solicitors and clients.

It is on at the Bush Theatre from 3 July to 15 August.

More details


The Invisible

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New ADR rules in October: latest advice

Solicitors have until 1 October (not 1 November, as previously reported) to comply with the EU directive on alternative dispute resolution. We have issued updated advice on the new rules.
Read the advice

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Regulation of consumer credit work: new proposals

The SRA plans to continue to regulate solicitors undertaking certain consumer credit activities as long as they are central to the legal services they provide.
Find out more

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Law Society and Bar Council issue joint letter to Gove over criminal courts charge

The letter to the lord chancellor expresses their grave concerns over the recent change in policy imposing criminal courts charges on those convicted of criminal offences.
Read more

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Magna Carta for the poor: from Runnymede to Nepal

How do Magna Carta's high principles help access to justice today throughout the world? And how can lawyers help to promote these principles?

Our latest legal breakfast saw the launch of Oxfam's Lawyers Against Poverty initiative, with president Andrew Caplen joining an expert panel to discuss the issues, including Mark Goldring, chief executive of Oxfam GB, and Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, former UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
Watch our latest video discussion


Legal breakfast

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Providing for pets in a will

What should you consider when a client wishes to put a provision in their will about caring for pets after their death? Read the answer on our website or call the Practice Advice Service on 020 7320 5675 for free and confidential support.
More about the service

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2020 strategy: thank you for your feedback

Today's lively discussion on external relations was the last of our current set of Twitter conversations about our future role. Your valuable feedback will help shape your Law Society and your profession. You can still email with your thoughts on the questions we are asking.
More about our 2020 strategy

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Conveyancing Handbook, 22nd edition

This new 22nd edition has up-to-date guidance on current good practice in residential conveyancing.

It is a reliable source of reference to answer the common queries arising from day-to-day transactions.

Order before 31 July 2015 and save £10
Also available as EPUB


The Lexcel Assessment Guide v6

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President's inaugural speech

Come and join the incoming Law Society president Jonathan Smithers at his inaugural speech and drinks reception on 9 July where he will set out his priorities for his presidential year.
Full details and book your place

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Don't leave your diversity data collection too late

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

The Solicitors' Accounts Rules - 1 CPD hour

This webinar will include a summary of the changes in version 12 of the Handbook, a reminder of the main changes from the Solicitors' Accounts Rules 1998, an explanation of the key rules, and coverage of the rules that are more commonly breached and cause problems in practice.
Book now - 7 July

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 July

Small Firms Division annual conference 2015 - London and Leeds - 3.5 CPD hours

These afternoon events will equip you with practical advice and tools to help you with the operation of your firm. Conference sessions will focus on areas including maximising profitability, cloud computing, data security and business continuity planning, people management and HR issues, and the five biggest pitfalls for small firms (and how to avoid them).
Book now - London - 24 September
Book now - Leeds - 6 October
Find out more about the Small Firms Division


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Law Management Section finance and business conference 2015 - 6 CPD hours

This annual conference will provide you with a great opportunity to discuss new ideas to help your firm remain profitable in the current challenging environment. Inspirational speakers will give practical and insightful guidance on finding efficiencies, managing risk and achieving success.
Book now - 11 November
Join the Law Management Section

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